Silicon Valley Spawns High-Tech University

'Singularity University' to tackle questions about future, technology
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Feb 3, 2009 7:30 PM CST
Singularity University founder Ray Kurzweil.   (Flickr)
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(Newser) – The future’s so bright, we’re going to need special training to get ready. That’s the point of Singularity University, a Silicon Valley institution founded by trio of forward thinkers, reports CNET. It won’t be a regular university; instead, Singularity—staffed by Nobel winners and other luminaries—will offer 10-week, 10-day, and 3-day programs on subjects like artificial intelligence and nanotechnology.

“I have no doubt that society gets ever more complex, and the consequences of ever-growing technology become ever more difficult to anticipate and respond to,” says one teacher. With prestigious faculty and a prime NASA lab location, Singularity doesn’t come cheap. Expecting grad students and executives, the program has set 10-week tuition at $25,000, though scholarships will be available.