Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Google, NASA Launch Singularity University 02/03/2009

@ MediaPost Publications . . . 02/03/2009:
"Google and NASA have partnered to back a new school for futurists dubbed 'Singularity University.' Ray Kurzweil, 'whose predictions about the exponential pace of technological change have made him a controversial figure in technology circles,' will run the school, writes David Gelles. The school will sit at the Ames Research Center near Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., and offer courses on biotechnology, nano-technology and artificial intelligence.
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Despite its title, the school will not be an accredited university. Instead, it will be modelled on the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, the interdisciplinary, multi-cultural school that Mr Diamandis helped establish in 1987.
So if Pixar can start a University that is acredited and Google can start a University that isn't, don't you think we could start a University at PARC to be the center of innovation for design, print and all the other good stuff those folks are doing anyway.

Plus we can charge tuition and get the smartest kids from all over the world to pay us for training them.

Now that's economic stimulus!

1 comment:

  1. I would definitely support a NASA run University before a Pixar or Google run one. It kind of creates a new meaning for the phrase "Mickey Mouse" for things too. I can only feel most comfortable with seeing a NASA University. I only feel much sorrow for those who graduate from NASA University, due to the incredibly low wages paid to NASA employees.