"Singularity U"

According to BusinessWeek, futurist Ray Kurzweil, who has appeared at the IdeaFestival, and X-Prize founder Peter Diamandis, who has not really should, are creating "Singularity U," a new school "aimed at exponential advancements."

In June, Singularity University is scheduled to open with a faculty replete with scientific celebrities, and an initial class of 30 students at NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. The subjects taught over a nine-week period are a menu of the disciplines whose exponential advancement Kurzweil suggests will overturn the world as we know it—nanotechnology, robotics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, energy, and more.

Peter Diamandis, chairman of the X-Prize Foundation and co-chancellor of the university, said he called Kurzweil after reading The Singularity Is Near about two and a half years ago. He asked whether Kurzweil was interested in launching a program similar to the International Space University, a space technology program that Diamandis founded at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kurzweil agreed.