Exponential Organizations

How do exponential organizations compare to ordinary organizations?

What is AI?

Singularity University Faculty Chair Neil Jacobstein gives an introduction to what AI, why it matters and where it is going in the future.

Innovation in Energy Business Models

Ramez Naam explains the importance of cost, investment and financial innovation in the growing energy market.

Open Software in Biotech

Raymond McCauley shares examples new open source communities that are forming around biotech.

The Planet Has a Fever

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Using statistics and images, Ramez Naam brings the planet’s fever into focus.

Future of Health Insurance

Raymond McCauley explains the consequences of bioinformatics and genetic testing on health and life insurance.

The Increasing Speed of Bioinformatics

The speed of implementation for genetic engineering is faster than ever. As a result, implications are larger and the stakes are higher.

Science Fiction as a Tool

Pascal Finette interviews science fiction authors Ramez Naam and Hannu Rajaniemi about the effectiveness of films versus books as tools to prototype the future.

Controlling the Brain with Light

Neuroscientist Divya Chander explores the mechanics of Optogenetics and how it is impacting brain research and treatment.

Bringing SciFi to Business

Pascal Finette asks science fiction authors Ramez Naam and Hannu Rajaniemi, “How can a small startup or corporation bring science fiction prototyping into its company culture?”

Engineering Humans

Raymond McCauley goes “under the hood” of human engineering and shares examples of cultural backlash.

Chasing Water

Ramez Naam takes a closer look at one of our most valuable and limited natural resources: water. How has our approach to using this resource changed over time and what is in store for the future?

How to Milk a Narwhal

Engineering has the ability to create milk and cheese out of virtually anything with DNA… in this case, a Narwhal.

Between A Rock And A Hard Place

Ramez Naam shares a powerful story that illustrates how humans have overcome similar challenges to those we face today.

The Computerized Brain

Neuroscientist Divya Chander explains how we could create self-contained computer chip systems that won’t burn through our brains.

Bioengineering: Hopes and Fears

Raymond McCauley share his hopes and fears for the field of Bioengineering.

Studying The Brain

Neuroscientist Divya Chander explains various ways doctors have studied the brain.

Global Grand Challenge: Water

Singularity University’s Global Grand Challenge Director Nicholas Haan discusses the global water crisis.

The Future of Biological Detection

Raymond McCauley provides examples of futuristic technologies that may be able to analyze the physical world around us in a way that has never been possible before.

The Evolution of AI

Singularity University Faculty Chair Neil Jacobstein takes us through the evolution and integration of AI in business and problem solving.

Mind-Reading Neuroscience

Neuroscientist Dr. Divya Chander explains her history as an Anesthesiologist studying brainwaves using EEG and the implications her research has on real-time diagnostics during surgery on patients.

The Crossover of Sci Fi and Business

Singularity Labs Director Pascal Finette asks sci fi authors, “What is the crossover between science fiction and business?”

Getting Ahead of the Energy Curve

Gregg Maryniak, Faculty Chair of Energy & Environmental Systems, looks at trends in energy consumption and generation.

Global Grand Challenge: Security

Singularity University Faculty Nathaniel Calhoun gives a succinct introduction to the global challenges surrounding security.

Taking Charge of AI

Singularity University Faculty Chair Neil Jacobstein challenges the audience to have a deeper engagement with AI and take pre-emptive steps towards building the world we want for each other.

Betting on Sci Fi Futures

Singularity Labs Director Pascal Finette asks sci fi authors, “If you were to put money on one possibility from current Science Fiction literature that you believe will be true in the future, what would it be?”

Drag & Drop Genetic Engineering

What happens when you program DNA in the same way you write code? Raymond McCauley, Faculty Chair of Digital Biology at Singularity University, shares case studies of what he calls “drag & drop” genetic editing.

The Future of 3D Printing

Andre Wagner, CEO and Founder of Authentise, explores potential future scenarios that may unfold from the 3D printing and digital manufacturing industries.

AI Teachers: Educating the world with Artificial Intelligence

Singularity University Faculty Chair Neil Jacobstein takes a look at the implications of AI for providing personalized education to every individual on the planet.

Getting to Energy Abundance

Singularity University Faculty Gregg Maryniak overviews current trends in energy usage and how they inform the next steps in building better energy practices for the future.

Global Grand Challenge: Food

Singularity University’s Global Grand Challenge Director Nicholas Haan introduces some of the many intricacies involved in global food security.

Design Prototyping

Designer Chris Cowart shares a variety of practical advice for working with prototypes throughout the design process.

Grand Global Challenge: Disasters

Singularity University’s Global Grand Challenge Director Nicholas Haan explores the challenges humanity faces with disasters.

Self-Generative Inclusive Energy Systems

Singularity University faculty chair Gregg Maryniak explains the future of inclusive power grids using self-generative technologies.

Software as Politics?

Singularity University Faculty Brad Templeton explains the many ways that software and politics can impact each other significantly.

Impact of Nanotechnology

Singularity University Faculty Ralph Merkle takes a look at the different industrial implications of advanced nanotechnology.

Future of Work: What Will We Do?

Singularity University Faculty Kathryn Myronuk looks at the possibilities of a world with Universal Basic Income and potential implications of a more focused and inspired planet.

Design Inspiration

Designer Chris Cowart illustrates the importance of interdisciplinary inspiration in the design process with a story about bringing an operating room team to a NASCAR race.

Why Global Health is a Poverty Issue

Singularity University’s Global Grand Challenge Director Nicholas Haan overviews how technological diffusion will impact health and poverty.

Mark Hatch Introduces TechShop

TechShop CEO and co-founder Mark Hatch introduces TechShop and how it’s making a difference for people around the country.

Future of Work: Tracing Growth

Singularity University Faculty Kathryn Myronuk traces growth patterns of technologies that may make our current model of working obsolete.

The DIY Maker Revolution

Mark Hatch looks at the context of the Maker Revolution and how the DIY mentality is influencing society.

Future of Work: How To Proceed

Executive Program, talks, Kathryn Myronik, automation, jobs, Future of Work, farming, robots, AI & Robotics, Future Studies & Forecasting, Watson

What is Molecular Nanotechnology?

Singularity University Faculty Ralph Merkle explains the basics of molecular nanotechnology and traces the advances within the field to date.

The Evolution of 3D Printing

Andre Wagner takes us through the history and development of 3D printing as an industry.

Peter Diamandis on the Power of the Individual

Peter Diamandis explains how technology is making the individual more powerful than ever before.

Deciphering DNA

Raymond McCauley explains both the capacity and limitation of using DNA to understand individual potential.

Preventative Medicine

Dr. Daniel Kraft shares his perspective on the current state of preventative diagnostics.

Do We Need Sleep?

Neuroscientist Divya Chander talks about the ways advancing medicine might impact the brain’s need for sleep.

The Promise of 3D Printing in Biotechnology

Ray Kurzweil explains how 3D bioprinting and new technologies are already transforming medicine and health.

Ray Kurzweil on the Future of Virtual Reality

Ray Kurzweil explains why it’s so easy to doubt new technologies and how virtual reality is already transforming our lives.

Achieving Global Food Security

Nathaniel Calhoun shares how companies are leveraging technology to address issues related to food around the world.

Two Methods for Meeting Humanity’s Energy Needs

Ramez Naam, Energy & Environmental Systems Faculty at Singularity University, discusses how policy and technological innovation can be utilized to reverse environmental damage caused by pollution.

For Innovators, Timing is Everything

Paul Saffo, Faculty Chair of Future Studies and Forecasting as Singularity University, shares the story of how Steve Job’s expert ability to forecast technology trends enabled Apple to execute product timing. Filmed at the January 2015 Executive Program.

Q&A: Are There Certain Predictions About the Future We Hope Don’t Come True?

Ray Kurzweil, Co-founder, Chancellor and Director at Singularity University, discusses his optimism in light of entrepreneurship and human history. He further explains that the focus in the media on all the problems in the world is actually a testament to advances in communication technology. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, October 2014.

Q&A: What Are the Opportunities at the Intersection Between Medicine and Technology?

Ray Kurzweil, Co-founder, Chancellor and Director at Singularity University, elaborates on opportunities to collect health data from blood, such as in menstruation. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, October 2014.

Q&A: What Will Humans Be Uniquely Suited to Do When Robots Are Prevalent?

Ray Kurzweil, Co-founder, Chancellor and Director at Singularity University, highlights the history of concerns over the future of work since the Industrial Revolution and how new jobs are created in response to technological advances. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, October 2014.

Q&A: What Is the Value of Learning Foreign Languages Today?

Ray Kurzweil, Co-founder, Chancellor and Director at Singularity University, discusses human language and developments to model language processing in the brain. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, October 2014.

Highlights of Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns

Bre DiGiammarino, Cause Director for Indiegogo, elaborates on specific characteristics of some of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

Q&A: How Can Government Keep Pace with Exponential Change?

Ray Kurzweil, Co-founder, Chancellor and Director at Singularity University, describes how technology has been involved in changing modern politics and bypassing regulation due to the increased rate of communication and information exchange. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, October 2014.

Q&A: When Will Computers Become Conscious?

Ray Kurzweil, Co-founder, Chancellor and Director at Singularity University, elaborates on schools of thought regarding consciousness and artificial intelligence. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, October 2014.

Q&A: How Is Machine Intelligence Evolving Compared to Human Intelligence?

Ray Kurzweil, Co-founder, Chancellor and Director at Singularity University, discusses the state of machine intelligence, the current gaps, and how quickly AI is pacing toward aspects of human intelligence. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, October 2014.

Understanding the Basis of Attention, Emotion, and Motivation

Thomas Ramsoy, PhD, Director of the Center for Decision Neuroscience and CEO and Founder of Neurons Inc, provides an interesting perspective on attention, emotion and motivation as factors that can affect business choices. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

New Methods in Cancer Diagnostics

Raymond McCauley, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Chair at Singularity University, discusses how identifying breakdowns in molecular pathways is leading to new means of cancer diagnostics. He introduces cell spot microarrays, a method of translational medicine to personalize cancer therapies using cocktails of microRNAs. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

The Possibilities of Medical Nanotechnology

Ralph Merkle, Nanotechnology Chair at Singularity University, explores the potential of medical nanotechnology, such as artificial red blood cells. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

The Potential of the Nanofactory

Ralph Merkle, Nanotechnology Chair at Singularity University, covers the theoretical idea of a ‘nanofactory’ and possible future applications. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

The Future of the Self-Driving Car

Brad Templeton, Networks and Computers Chair at Singularity University, explores what the next generation of self-driving cars will look and function like in the future. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

Applications of Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)

Kevin Shaw, Chief Technology Officer at Sensor Platforms, covers classes of micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) and possible applications. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

Augmentation, Robotics, and Other Technologies in Medical Therapy

Daniel Kraft, Chair of Neuroscience and Medicine at Singularity University, offers a deep dive into some of the technologies which are changing the field of medicine such as robotics, AI, regenerative medicine and ‘lab on a chip’. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

Toward Surgery at the Cellular Level

Catherine Mohr, MD, Singularity University Faculty and Vice President of Medical Research at Intuitive Surgical, details the impact of robotics on surgical procedures as well as the ways it may revolutionize future capabilities. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

Why Exponential Change Will Continue

Peter Diamandis, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Singularity University, explains the link between innovative, connected minds and exponential growth as well as why most of the biggest changes in the next decade are yet to come. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, October 2014.

Living In a World of Convergence

Peter Diamandis, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Singularity University, explains the implications of Moore’s Law and how numerous exponential technologies are tied to computation advances. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, October 2014.

Q&A: Does Artificial Intelligence Need to Be Controlled?

Ray Kurzweil, Co-founder, Chancellor and Director at Singularity University, responds to concerns over the risks that AI presents, especially when in the hands of large corporations or governments. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, October 2014.

Applying Neuroscience to Business Cases

Thomas Ramsoy, PhD, Director of the Center for Decision Neuroscience and CEO and Founder of Neurons Inc, discusses how the mind works and how to apply neurosciences to make business decisions. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

How to Think About Forecasting

Paul Saffo, Future Studies and Forecasting Chair at Singularity University, provides an overview of forecasting, describing it as the act of mapping future uncertainties, which are also opportunities. He also describes the tendency to overestimate the short term and underestimate the long term. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

An Optimistic Perspective on Energy

Ramez Naam, Energy and Environmental Systems Faculty at Singularity University and award-winning author, offers optimistic insights on the current energy problem, underscoring that huge demand is often a huge driver of innovation. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

BioCurious: A Thriving Biohacker Community

Raymond McCauley, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Chair at Singularity University, gives an overview of “hacking” DNA, and shows how easy it can be to create real experiments in synthetic biology. He further showcases projects developed by students at BioCurious, a San Francisco Bay Area biotech hackerspace. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

Finding the “Odd” Technologies to Change the Course of Disease

Catherine Mohr, MD, Singularity University Faculty and Vice President of Medical Research at Intuitive Surgical, describes the evolution of medical technologies to transform surgeries, but argues that broader and more lateral efforts are needed to truly disrupt medical diagnostics. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

Comparing Exponential and Linear Change

Paul Saffo, Future Studies and Forecasting Chair at Singularity University, describes how exponential change is perceived versus linear change, which often leads to false expectations about growth. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

How Surgical Technologies Can Impact the Real Unmet Needs

Catherine Mohr, MD, Singularity University Faculty and Vice President of Medical Research at Intuitive Surgical, argues that the real impact of surgical robotics and advancements in medical technologies is in telementoring more than telesurgery. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

Connected Technologies Transforming Healthcare

Daniel Kraft, Neuroscience and Medicine Chair at Singularity University, offers a tour of various technologies which are changing healthcare such as cloud computing, 3D printing, big data, and robotics. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

Introduction to Robots, Their Utility and Accessibility

Rob Nail, CEO & Associate Founder at Singularity University, gives a brief overview about how we perceive robots today and makes a case for why anything that needs to be accurate, fast, cheap, or safe is the perfect job for a robot. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

Why We Should Care About Privacy

Brad Templeton, Networks & Computing Chair at Singularity University, offers a perspective on the importance of privacy in the Internet age. The dependency on software, policies and the current computing infrastructures may impact freedoms taken for granted in society. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

Overview of Indiegogo and the Democratization of Funding

Bre DiGiammarino, Cause Director for Indiegogo, explains Indiegogo’s no-gate-keepers approach to crowdfunding and the basics of democratization of access to funding. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

Designing a Crowdfunding Campaign for Success

Bre DiGiammarino, Cause Director for Indiegogo, highlights the key elements to creating successful crowdfunding campaigns. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

Empowering the Creative Class with Tools and Community

Mark Hatch, CEO and Co-Founder of TechShop, elaborates on the power of the DIY community, which aggregates not only tools and resources but expertise in different realms of the advanced manufacturing chain. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

The Disruptive Potential of the DIY Movement

Mark Hatch, CEO and Co-Founder of TechShop, provides insights of the DIY movement and how access to tools and fast-track education accelerates invention. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

How Self-Driving Cars Will Change Society

Brad Templeton, Networks and Computers Chair at Singularity Universiry, speculates on the five pillars of society that will change as a result of autonomous vehicles: saving lives, energy, cities, delivery and retail. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

Introduction to Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)

Kevin Shaw, Chief Technology Officer at Sensor Platforms, argues that if we can make micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) small enough, low-power and inexpensive, we can distribute them everywhere, and explains why silicon is the best material for MEMS. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

The Secret History of the Internet

Brad Templeton, Networks & Computing Chair at Singularity University, provides an overview of the major forces that gave rise to the exponential growth and impact of the internet. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

Molecular Nanotechnology: Moving Atoms Around One by One

Ralph Merkle, Nanotechnology Chair at Singularity University, asks, “What would happen if we could arrange atoms one by one, the way we want them?” He explains the basics of current methods used to accomplish arrangement of atoms. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

Ideas as a Powerful Natural Resource

Ramez Naam, Energy and Environmental Systems Faculty at Singularity University and award-winning author, describes the power of ideas. Unlike physical resources, ideas don’t degrade or break and can spread from person to person without reducing their value. They’re a natural resource that accumulates with time rather than being depleted. Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, […]