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A New Mindset for the SDGs? Top Takeaways from Singularity University's Global Summit

Aug. 16, 2017

David Katz, the CEO of Plastic Bank, said the idea for his company came from an “aha!” moment that took place at Singularity University — the institution that started as a Silicon Valley think tank, but has evolved into a global community, with a unique approach to applying “exponential technologies” to global challenges.

What is Ray Kurzweil Up to at Google? Writing Your Emails

Aug. 2, 2017

Singularity University Co-Founder Ray Kurzweil has invented a few things in his time. In his teens, he built a computer that composed classical music, which won him an audience with President Lyndon B. Johnson. In his 20s, he pioneered software that could digitize printed text, and in his 30s he cofounded a synthesizer company with Stevie Wonder. More recently, he’s known for popularizing the idea of the singularity—a moment sometime in the future when superintelligent machines transform humanity—and making optimistic predictions about immortality. For now, though, Kurzweil, 69, leads a team of about 35 people at Google whose code helps you write emails.

How a Silicon Valley Big Thinker is Helping to Bring World-Changing Ideas to Life — in Miami

July 18, 2017

Salim Ismail, founding executive director of Silicon Valley’s Singularity University and a board member of XPRIZE, well-known organizations that inspire, educate and fund people and projects trying to solve world-changing problems through technology, will be honored by Endeavor Miami and give a talk to attendees at Endeavor Miami’s gala on Oct. 21.

Standard Bank to Host Africa’s First-Ever Advanced Tech Summit

July 13, 2017

Singularity University (SU) has announced its first international summit on the African Continent. The summit, taking place in Johannesburg from 23 and 24 August, will present a display of advanced technologies, extensive debate, and collaborative discussions, offering an exchange of ideas and existing best practices in the fields of healthcare, cyberspace, AI, robotics, big data, finance, and design.

11 Canadian Innovation Hubs Partner with SingularityU Canada Summit

July 6, 2017

Eleven innovation hubs have joined the SingularityU Canada Summit as community partners, opening up the Summit to startups across Canada.

Ray Kurzweil: There’s a Blueprint for the Master Algorithm in Our Brains

July 3, 2017

Ray Kurzweil, Google's chief engineer, is a famous futurist who's always banked on the coming of the singularity — when artificial intelligence overcomes human intelligence. For that to happen, however, we need to figure out the master algorithm.

Struggling For Visas, Tech Startups Are Looking Outside The U.S. To Launch Businesses

July 2, 2017

Mabell Aguilar, general counsel at Singularity University, an organization that helps tech startups through various educational programs and an incubator, said that anecdotally, she’s seeing foreign startup founders encounter more difficulties with their plans to continue growing in the U.S.

Ray Kurzweil Has a Prediction About Linking Our Brains to the Cloud

June 24, 2017

Once we eventually figure out how to connect our brains to computers, most thinking will happen in our synthetic computer brains, futurist Ray Kurzweil said on Friday. In a post for Singularity University’s YouTube channel, Kurzweil, a futurist for Google by day, said that he expects humans will be able to back up our brains to the cloud.

Exponential Finance Summit Promotes Blockchain Tech, But Ray Kurzweil Is Bearish On Bitcoin

June 16, 2017

The Exponential Finance Summit 2017, hosted by the Singularity University, was held at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square on June 6-9. Also this year, Exponential Finance covered the most disruptive, sometime visionary ideas in fintech. Of course, blockchain technology was prominently featured.

Uniting Exponential Tech? Think Tank Event Heralds Blockchain's Bright Future

June 8, 2017

The impact of bitcoin and blockchain technology was on full display at the opening session of Exponential Finance, a conference that kicked off today to examine the intersection of artificial intelligence, blockchain and any other technology that benefits directly from its own improvements. The idea behind Exponential Finance, hosted in New York by Singularity University, is that some technologies can be classified as "exponential" because of the way they are able to grow and improve more rapidly over time.