Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Singularity University with NASA, Google team

Awesome! NASA and Google team up to form Singularity University.

A technology-focused school called Singularity University will open on the Moffett Field campus of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) this summer.

The Mountain View school will focus on coordinating the latest advances in a number of fields to help solve problems such as global warning and energy needs along with famine and disease.

The school's chancellor is Ray Kurzweil who wrote "The Singularity Is Near" in 2005.

The first session will be limited to 30 students but will then expand to 120 in the following year, the school said. In addition Singularity University plans to offer three-day and 10-day programs.

Peter Diamandis, CEO of the X Prize Foundation -- which gives $10 million awards for scientific breakthroughs -- will be vice chancellor and trustee. Executive director will be former Yahoo Inc. executive Salim Ismail.

Also helping brainstorm and fund the school was Mountain View-based Google Inc.

Tuition will be $25,000 and students will be chosen mainly from graduate and post-graduate ranks.



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