Transhumanist Imagination

transhumanist imagination

Laura Cabrera

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"Singularity University: Visioneering the future?"

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University of Basel

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Abstract: According to some technology enthusiast, such as Raymond Kurzweil, our technological developments seem to be following an exponential accelerating rate. Singularity University was jointly founded by Dr. Diamandis and Dr. Kurzweil with the goal of creating a new university that could leverage the power of exponential technologies to solve humanity’s grand challenges. SU envisions a future in which the accelerating rate of development of science and technology will enables us to transform the world in more profound and significant ways than any other time in our history. The SU’s Graduate Studies Program (GSP) is a ten-week intensive, interdisciplinary and international program which purpose is to educate, inform and prepare the next generation of leaders about present and future opportunities, as well as disruptions, resulting from exponentially growing technologies in order to address the grand challenges of our time. However one can question the tension of visoneering the future as one in which radical visions of the future and technology optimism abounds contrasted with the pragmatic goals of technological development and its positive impact into people’s lives. My aim here is to reflect on the experiences I had as an alumni of the 2011 GSP.

Reference works:

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Kurzweil, R. (2005). The singularity is near: When humans transcend biology. New York: Viking Penguin.