My First-Hand Experience With The People Building The Future Of Technology

Peter Diamandis, Singularity University co-founder

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Joseph Ajao, a business developer and technologist who has worked with Goldman Sachs, Google and Rocket Internet.

You may or may not have heard about the University where access to top entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, scientists and engineers occur on a daily basis.

As VentureBeat describes it, it is a place where you walk into a room and you can 3D-print a model of your head and you walk into another and you can hear a talk on the future of policy from Preeta D. Bansal, former General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for Obama. While outside, you can take your pick from wellness activities including Tai Chi, Yoga, Capoeira, and Salsa dancing and in the evenings you’ll hear from Eric Ries, author of the Lean Startup.

By now, you’re probably wondering where this place is, right?

According to The Guardian, if you take top thinkers and doers from Silicon Valley, mix them together with scientists, innovators and philanthro-capitalists, and you’ll get the Singularity University — an institution on a mission to seek technological solutions to the world’s great challenges.

But, Singularity University is not just about learning cool technologies for the future; it’s about solving the world’s greatest challenges. There, you are tasked with the objective of positively impacting at least a billion lives within the next 10 years using accelerating technologies — a tall objective, yet one that alumni companies such as Getaround, Matternet and Made-in-Space are well on the road to achieving.

I attended the summer programme at the Singularity university last year and learned about topics such as genome sequencing, space, robots, design, and forecasting. I was opportune to received lectures from top shots like Stan Mazor (inventor of the micro-processor), Vernor Vinge (creator of the ‘Singularity’ concept), and Dan Barry (NASA astronaut) as well as tour NASA and had an incredible opening ceremony, with Julie Hanna (chair of the board of Kiva) as the keynote speaker.

At Singularity University, you can have your genome sequenced, go scuba-diving, and learn to land a jet. It’s no wonder Google’s Co-founder, Larry Page said: “If I was a student, this is where I would want to be.”

So if you think you are smart enough, why not apply to any of the Singularity University’s programmes. Whether you apply for the long graduate study programme or the one-week executive programme, you can learn about how future technologies can make or break your technology business.

Singularity University was jointly founded by Dr. Peter H. Diamandis and Dr. Ray Kurzweil. With the support of a broad range of specialists in academia, business and government, the University creates a global network of like-minded entrepreneurs, technologists and young leaders to participate in crafting a road map to guide the evolution of disruptive technologies.

This is a guest post by Joseph Ajao, a business developer and technologist who has worked with Goldman Sachs, Google and Rocket Internet. You can connect with him via his LinkedIn profile to learn more about his experience at Singularity University.

[Image courtesy of Andrew Brusso/Corbis]



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