|Posted by Stephanie Lynne Thorburn on July 29, 2011 at 4:37 AM|
Resume: Stephanie Lynne Thorburn.
When researching for my postgraduate project, I discovered Singularity University and was rather inspired by their ethos and goals. Singularity are working with International Space Uni. Here is a little info from their website: -
Mission statement: - "Singularity University is an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to assemble, educate and inspire leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies in order to address humanity’s grand challenges. With the support of a broad range of leaders in academia, business and government, Singularity University hopes to stimulate groundbreaking, disruptive thinking and solutions aimed at solving some of the planet’s most pressing challenges. Singularity University is based at the NASA Ames campus in Silicon Valley."
The Uni was dounded by Peter Diamandis and Raymond Kurzweil. You may be familiar with Raymond Kurweil's text, 'The Singularity Is Near'. The text provided substance for the Uni concept and is essentially a trans-humanist themed book, evoking an insightful and more positive outlook to that offered by authors such as Huxley and Orwell in regard to technological advancements in genetics and nanotechnology. Singularity Uni are therefore orientated upon resolving some of humanity's contemporary challenges and are aiming towards positive outreach and communication, new collaborations and the attainment of new solutions to inspire and educate. The organisation's goals in fact parallel some of my own within my current Socioastronomy related research titled, 'The Astrosociological Imagination'.