Last year, I joined Peter Diamandis, Ray Kurzweil and other leading thinkers in the founding of a really amazing institution called Singularity University (SU). Built on the International Space University model of interdisciplinary/intercultural education, SU is dedicated to preparing Humanity for accelerating technological change and educating today's leaders about tomorrow's world. Headquartered at the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, SU was established with the support of Google, ePlanet Ventures, Autodesk and a dozen individual Associate Founders. SU runs a 10-week graduate/post-graduate program (GSP) every summer and 9-day/3-day “Executive Programs” (EPs) several times a year; intellectual and networking marathons of the highest order that have been called life-changing experiences.
Our SU Executive Programs are designed for decision makers, entrepreneurs, CEOs, venture capitalists, strategists and government leaders from around the world. The program concentrates on six exponentially growing technologies taught by leading thinkers and doers in each field: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Medicine and Human-Machine Interfaces, Networks & Computing Systems, and Energy & Environmental Systems. Attending the program gives you an understanding of how these accelerating technologies will transform your business, your industry and your world by showing you what is in the lab today and where the technologies will be in 5 and 10 years. A detailed description of the program including video testimonials from past participants and a personal introduction by Peter Diamandis is available here.
Our next 9-day Executive Program will run from February 26th -March 7th, 2010. Participation is limited but there are still some spots left. The fee is $15,000 including all food, accommodations, field trips and special events. If you’re interested in participating, you can complete the application here.
We held our inaugural 9-day Executive Program in November 2009 with outstanding results. I was there and was thrilled at the level of discussion and collegial networking between our incredible participants, faculty and staff.
Here are some quotes from our inaugural Executive Program Participants:
"Every presentation and conversation blew my mind."
"EP09 has been one of the most exciting, intense and challenging experiences of my life."
"I took away a lot of new ideas and amazing, amazing contacts. I think I will be able to formulate some very high impact messages for my company that could really shape its near term actions and strategies."
"I am grateful for the chance to be part of this experience. It is an exceptional opportunity. It is so rare in life to have a chance (particularly later in life) to spend nine days with equally qualified, equally inspired, and equally capable people."
Here are some recent articles about the SU/EP program:
SU has been covered extensively by the media since we announced its founding at TED on February 3rd, 2009. The January 2010 issue of POPULAR SCIENCE has a 6-page spread on our inaugural Graduate Studies Program (GSP'09): "Greetings from Future Camp".
Treat yourself to some brain candy with a selection of SU lectures on our website. If (beyond yourself) someone you know might be interested in the SU programs, please spread the word. SU is a very special place where anything is possible. It's a place where amazing, passionate people meet each other and collaborate to grow themselves and their ventures, and take on grand challenges to create a better world.
Applications for GSP'10 and our next EP are open on our website: http://singularityu.org/