FEATURE ARTICLE

Singularity University - The Sky is Not the Limit

Singularity University - The Sky is Not the Limit
 
Donna Hancock 
Date: 0000-00-00
Subject: Inspiration

 
 
Our History
Singularity University was jointly founded by Dr. Peter H. Diamandis and Dr. Ray Kurzweil. The concept of a new university that could leverage the power of exponential technologies to solve humanity’s grand challenges was proposed by Diamandis to Kurzweil and to International Space University colleagues Dr. Robert D. Richards and Michael Simpson in April 2007. An exploratory meeting was held at NASA Research Park, Moffett Field in November 2007, followed in September 2008 by a Founding meeting also hosted at NASA.
 
Ray Kurzweil: A university for the coming singularity:
 


Our Mission
A number of exponentially growing technologies will massively increase human capability and fundamentally reshape our future. This warrants the creation of an academic institution whose students and faculty will study these technologies, with an emphasis on the interactions between different technologies. Our mission is to assemble, educate and inspire a new generation of leaders who strive to understand and utilize exponentially advancing technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges.
 
Singularity University Presentation:


 
The University
With the support of a broad range of specialists in academia, business and government, Singularity 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 these disruptive technologies. SU helps create solutions and applications of these technologies for the benefit of humanity through its Graduate Studies and Executive Programs. SU is based at the NASA Research Park campus in the heart of Silicon Valley.
 
Singularity University Overview:




Peter Diamandis - The best way to predict the future:
Peter Diamandis, Chairman and Co-Founder of Singularity University, discusses the best way to predict the future, and shares his personal philosophies on innovation and the commercial space industry. Flimed at Singularity University's Executive Program, March 2010.
 

 
Peter H. Diamandis is an American engineer, physician and entrepreneur best known for being the founder and chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, the co-founder and chairman of Singularity University and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think. He is also the former CEO and co-founder of the Zero-Gravity Corporation, the co-founder and vice chairman of Space Adventures Ltd., the founder and chairman of the Rocket Racing League, the co-founder of the International Space University, the co-founder of Planetary Resources, and founder of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space.
 
About the X-Prize:

The Ansari X Prize was a space competition in which the X Prize Foundation offered a US$10,000,000 prize for the first non-government organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. It was modeled after early 20th-century aviation prizes, and aimed to spur development of low-cost spaceflight.

Created in May 1996 and initially called just the "X Prize", it was renamed the "Ansari X Prize" on May 6, 2004 following a multi-million dollar donation from entrepreneurs Anousheh Ansari and Amir Ansari.

The prize was won on October 4, 2004, the 47th anniversary of the Sputnik 1 launch, by the Tier One project designed by Burt Rutan and financed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, using the experimental spaceplane SpaceShipOne. $10 million was awarded to the winner, and more than $100 million was invested in new technologies in pursuit of the prize.

Several other X Prizes have since been announced by the X Prize Foundation, promoting further development in space exploration and other technological fields.
 
Ernest Hancock (Publisher of Freedom's Phoenix) and Powell Gammill (Senior Editor of Freedom's Phoenix) traveled to the Mojave Desert to witness the historic first flight of  SpaceShipOne (piloted by Mike Melvill) into space. Here are some of the signs that Ernest and Powell made in our living room and took to the launch:
 

(The sign reads 'SpaceShipOne Government Zero, which Burt Rutan grabbed from Ernest Hancock as he was standing among the crowd gathered to watch the launch, and gave it to pilot, Mike Melvill, to send a message to the media. The story went all over the world, except in the U.S.)
 
 
(Signs that Ernest, Powell, and others from Phoenix took to the launch of SpaceShipOne)
 
(These signs actually made it into the private hanger at Scaled Composits)