Ep. 40 - Creating Exponential Tech Communities with Singularity University
In this installment of the Future Grind podcast host Ryan O’Shea sits down with Adam Hofmann, the Vice President of Marketing for Singularity University. Singularity University describes itself as a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build a better future for all. It was founded in 2008 by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil, and currently offerers online and in-person educational programs for individuals, incubator programs for startups, and leadership and innovation trainings for organizations. SU also focuses on media - they put out content through SingularityHub, and just recently announced their acquisition of Futurism, a digital media company that with capabilities in both distribution and production.
They discuss SU’s goal of using exponential technology to conquer the world’s biggest challenges, their focus on online communities, a future of abundance, and much more.
The Singularity University Global Summit is coming up from August 19-21, 2019 in San Francisco, and we have an exclusive offer for Future Grind listeners! This is SU’s premier annual gathering which brings together 2,000 changemakers for incredible talks on AI, VR, blockchain, the future of work, robotics and more. You can save 10% on tickets by entering discount count FUTUREGRIND" during payment at https://su.org/summits/su-global-summit-update/. We hope to see you in San Francisco for the Global Summit!
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Singularity University’s Mission [2:48]
Exponential Technologies [4:07]
SU’s Programs [6:25]
The Creation of SU [8:57]
Singularity University’s “Customers” [11:52]
SU is not a “university” [13:26]
Adam’s path to SU [14:15]
SU Success Stories [16:25]
From Nonprofit to B-Corp [20:22]
SU’s high costs & discount opportunities [22:21]
Admission into SU programs [25:23]
SU’s amazing faculty & staff [27:07]
The online community [30:49]
SU local chapters [36:09]
SU partners & supporters [37:52]
How to get started with SU [40:22]
The Futurism acquisition [42:15]
SU podcast & what’s next [45:20]
Be My Eyes
Abundance: The Future is Better than You Think; Steven Kotler
Made in Space
Dr. Daniel Kraft
Ramez Naam (also science fiction writer)
Futurism (acquisition press release)
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