So I did come back. I put this blog post off for a long time. It’s just that I didn’t want to invest my time in writing a blogpost while I can also be talking and be inspired by fellow classmates, speakers, building robots or launching satellites. So to keep it short and maximize my time here at Singularity University I decided to just post pictures and videos with a short caption to provide a narrative. This time: starting just pre-departure and going until the 7th day! If you want to have more details, some classmates are writing extensive blog posts, for instance: Isabelle from Norway, or Nick from South Africa, a really well-written blog!
So it all started with the great goodbye at the airport and the 11 hours flight to Cali, all with some great airplane food. Yum….. The view on Greenland was phenomenal!
After arriving at the airport I quickly met my fellow classmates with whom I traveled to the Singularity University Campus. All 79 other are such amazing people and all have a unique and wonderful perspective. From the founder of the World Toilet Organization to a Bitcoin specialist, Stemcell biochemist to a team of 3D Organ printers and Space Miners from ESA. A view on the Campus is seen below. We had a warm welcome with some cheese and beers.
The next day, Sunday, June 19th, was still a lot of introduction and getting to know each other. We got the NASA safety talk, a campus tour and later at night some group bonding activities. Here some photos of the scenery, HANGAR ONE!, and the marshmallow test.
On Monday Ray Kurzweil, currently at Google working on language recognition spoke about the future technologies. Just google him. Later Peter Diamandis beamed in. We took an official photo and Monday evening also was the official opening ceremony. Completely sold out 700 tickets at 70 bucks a pop.
We all represented our country and holding a flag, here a photo with the fellow half-Dutchies. During the opening ceremony, the second in charge of NASA spoke about boots on Mars in 2030. Inspiring! Rob Nail spoke about the program as well.
The opening ceremony was funded by Google and hosted in the computer history museum. So I went back to Erp with the Google Transporter and took a seat in the Google Self driving car.
On Tuesday, Neil Jacobstein came speaking about Robotics and AI. Really, really inspiring and cool. After that Avi Reichental covered digital manufacturing, read 3D printing. Ralph Merkle did Nanotechnology, Raymond McCauley Digital Biology, Daniel Kraft Biomedicine and lots more. Mindblowing. They also told us a lot about what they are expecting of us and the potential of really creating a viable business from this program and the possibility to stay in Silicon Valley after the program ends. In the evening I had my first hands-on course, Robotics!
On Wednesday we had our first in-depth lecture. ABOUT BITCOIN AND BLOCKCHAIN! In the afternoon Peter Norving came to talk about AI. At night Peter Diamandis flew in to deliver his keynote, afterward we had a beer and a casual conversation.
On Thursday Ramez Naam came to talk about energy and environmental issues. In the afternoon we took a big break to see Barack Obama and after we played football. In the evening I had a microcontrollers class where I made some circuits, played with an Oculus Rift and 3d Printers in the Lab.
And some random pictures which capture the environment I live in: