Within the next 20 years, 47-81% of jobs as we currently understand them will be under threat from technology. This includes jobs that have always been considered ‘safe’ from automation. But until we achieve a collective understanding of what exponential technological growth truly looks like — and how it affects us all — we will be at a disadvantage.
But the ever-increasing pace of change doesn't just hold threat — it also holds opportunity. We are shifting from an economic model based on scarcity to one based on abundance. What are the strategic implications? What kinds of policies do we need? What is the impact on our economy? What are the ethical considerations? None of the old rules apply.
Join us this November at the SingularityU New Zealand Summit — and be prepared for what lies ahead.
You’ll learn about artificial intelligence – but it’s not a computing conference. You’ll learn about self-driving cars and networks – but it’s not a tech conference. You’ll learn about medicine and biotechnology – but it’s not a health conference. You’ll learn about the future of crime and the future of work – but it’s not a public policy conference. We expect you to come away from the Summit with nothing less than a total paradigm shift about where we’ve come from, where we’re going, and what’s possible.
Attending Singularity University put in lights the urgency of understanding and embracing the convergence of technologies. We cannot ignore this - you should make attending the Summit your highest priority in 2016.” — Sue Suckling, Professional Director; Chair of NZQA and Callaghan Innovation
We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten." — Bill Gates
If I were a student, this is where I would want to be" — Larry Page, Co-founder, Google
The SingularityU New Zealand Summit will be like no conference you’ve ever attended.
Over three days in November, you’ll hear from world experts in exponential technologies, from Silicon Valley and beyond, and learn what the implications are for you. You’ll also discover the cutting edge of technological progress taking place right here in New Zealand.
Your Summit experience is more than just talks, though.
Singularity University (SU), a benefit corporation, educates, inspires and empowers leaders to apply exponential technologies to solve humanity’s grand challenges. SU is committed to creating positive and sustainable global impact through the billions of people who benefit from our programs and activities in three core areas: Education, Innovation and Community. SU’s global ecosystem of individuals, businesses, institutions, investors, and NGOs is active in more than 90 countries.
Peter Diamandis is an entrepreneur, business executive and the founder and Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.
Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a 30-year track record of accurate predictions.
Peter Diamandis is an entrepreneur, business executive and the founder and Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. He is the co-author of BOLD, How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World, and Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think. As a futurist, visionary, author and distinguished speaker, he counsels the world’s top enterprises on how to utilize exponential technologies and incentivized innovation to dramatically accelerate their business objectives. Dr. Diamandis attended MIT where he received his degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, as well as Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D.https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterdiamandis @PeterDiamandis
Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a 30-year track record of accurate predictions. Called “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes magazine, Kurzweil was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.” PBS selected him as one of the “sixteen revolutionaries who made America.” Kurzweil was the principal inventor of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Among Kurzweil’s many honors, he is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, holds twenty honorary Doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents. Ray has written five national best-selling books, including The Age of Spiritual Machines, The Singularity is Near, and How to Create a Mind. He is currently a director of engineering at Google.
Brad Templeton is a developer of and commentator on self-driving cars, software architect, board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, internet entrepreneur, futurist lecturer, writer and observer of cyberspace issues.
Brad has been a consultant on Google's self-driving car team and is a director of the futurist Foresight Nanotech Institute, a think tank and public interest organization focused on transformative future technologies. Brad was founder, publisher and software architect at ClariNet Communications Corp and has been involved in the development of important pieces of software including VisiCalc and Stuffit. He is also noted as a speaker and writer covering copyright law and political and social issues related to computing and networks.
Neil Jacobstein is a founding member of the editorial board of AAAS Science Robotics and has served as a technical consultant on AI research and development projects for: DARPA, NSF, NASA, NIH, EPA, DOE, the U.S. Army and Air Force, GM, Ford, Boeing, Applied Materials, NIST, and other agencies. He was CEO of Teknowledge Corporation, a pioneering AI company, where he worked on AI applications systems for industry and government.
Neil has given invited talks worldwide on the technical, business, and ethical implications of exponential technologies, such as AI, robotics, and atomically precise manufacturing. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Stanford University Media X Program, where his research focuses on augmented decision systems.
Named by CNN as one of The Top 7 Tech Heroes to Watch in 2015, Kathryn Myronuk is a leading expert on exponentially growing technologies and the synthesis of the broad set of related fields of the Singularity movement. Her areas of interest and teaching include the value of synthesis, effective interdisciplinary teams, and the complex set of factors affecting the future of jobs and technological unemployment.
Kathryn has spoken about exponentials, convergence, and the insights of the smart newcomer at AAAS, DLD, WiredUK, the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Karolinska Institute, California STEM Summit, and Idaho National Labs. She has consulted for Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Orange Institute, and the Institute for the Future among other prominent organizations. Previously she worked as a research analyst and energy economist. She holds degrees in Agricultural Economics and Zoology from UC Davis.
Sue Suckling drives innovation & transformation in both the education sector and commercial sectors, primarily through her positions as Chair of Callaghan Innovation and Chair of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Alongside these positions, Sue has used her strong understanding of governance to Chair the Capability and Capacity Review for the NZ Health System for the Director General of Health and Chair the governance board for the Minister of Health. In the private sector, Sue has been a Board Director of two top 50 NZX companies and has chaired multiple successful SMEs.
David Roberts is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on disruptive innovation and exponentially advancing technology. He is an award winning CEO and serial entrepreneur, and has started ventures backed with over $100 million of investment from Kleiner Perkins, Vinod Khosla, Cisco, Oracle, Accenture, In-Q-Tel, and others. David is Chairman at HaloDrop, a revolutionary global drone services company, Chairman at 1QBit the world’s first software company for quantum computers, and is a formal adviser to Made-In-Space, responsible for manufacturing the first object in Space with a 3D printer on the Space Station.
David has led the development of some of the most complex, state-of-the art systems ever built, to include satellites, drones, and fusion centers. He also worked as an Investment Banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Goldman Sachs Headquarters. He received his B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from M.I.T. was a Distinguished Graduate, and majored in Artificial Intelligence and Bio-Computer Engineering. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Raymond McCauley is a scientist, engineer, and entrepreneur working at the forefront of biotechnology. Raymond explores how applying technology to biology, genetics, medicine and agriculture is affecting every one of us.
Raymond is co-founder and Chief Architect for BioCurious, the hackerspace for biotech, where professional scientists, DIYbio hobbyists and entrepreneurs come together to design the next big thing to come out of a Silicon Valley garage. He is also part of the team that developed next generation DNA sequencing at Illumina, where he worked in bioinformatics, cancer sequencing, and personal genomics.
Raymond's postgraduate work includes studies at Texas A&M University, Stanford and UC Berkeley in electrical engineering, computer science, biophysics, biochemistry, bioinformatics, and nanotechnology. Past employers are Genomera, Illumina, Ingenuity Systems, TANSTAAFL Media, QIAGEN, Viatel, NASA, and the other federal agencies. Raymond develops and advises a variety of companies and organizations, including Genomera, Vecoy Nanomedicines, Androcyte, and Nanokit.
Kaila is the Curator of TEDxChristchurch, a co-founder and Chair of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome, Chairman of the Board of the New York-based Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, Deputy Chair of CORE Education Ltd, founder and director of New Zealand social media consultancy Missing Link, and a member of the Advisory Board for Te Pūtahi - Christchurch centre for architecture and city-making.
A native New Yorker, Kaila is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian, holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Cornell University and has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 22. Her purpose in life is to be an uplifting presence.
Ramez Naam is a computer scientist, futurist, and author. Ramez spent 13 years at Microsoft, where he led teams developing early versions of Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer, and the Bing search engine. His career has focused on bringing advanced collaboration, communication, and information retrieval capabilities to roughly one billion people around the world, and took him to the role of Partner and Director of Program Management within Microsoft, with deep experience working on cutting edge technologies such as machine learning, search, massive scale services, and artificial intelligence.
Ramez founded and ran Apex NanoTechnologies, the world’s first company devoted entirely to software tools to accelerate molecular design. His award winning book, The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet, looks at global environmental and natural resource challenges and how investing in scientific and technological innovation can help overcome them.
Marc Goodman is a New York Times Best-Selling author, global strategist and consultant focused on the profound change technology is having on security, business and international affairs. He is the founder of the Future Crimes Institute and has built his expertise in international cyber-crime and terrorism working with organizations including INTERPOL, the UN Counterterrorism Task Force, NATO and the US Government.
Goodman frequently advises industry leaders, security executives and global policy makers on transnational cyber risk and intelligence and has operated in more than 70 countries around the world. Marc’s book, Future Crimes,is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best-Seller, was selected as Amazon’s Best Business Book of 2015 and has been names on of The Washington Post;s Top Ten Best Books of 2015.
Amy Fletcher is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Canterbury, who specializes in science, technology and environmental politics. Prior to moving to New Zealand to take up a Lecturer's post in 2000, she worked as a Legislative Assistant in the United States House of Representatives on telecommunications and technology issues. Born in Huntsville, Alabama, because her Dad worked on the Moon test rockets in the 1960s, she has a lifelong interest in the public dimensions of technology. She recently published Mendel's Ark: Biotechnology and the Future of Extinction (2014) and is currently working on a project that analyzes the implications of artificial intelligence and robotics for the future of employment in the United States. She is the Associate Editor of Politics and Life Sciences Journal (Cambridge University Press) and an expert panel member for TechCast Global, based in Washington, D.C.
Michael Gillam is a medical informaticist, researcher, software architect, health IT strategist and board certified in emergency medicine. Most recently, he was a partner level physician executive and Director of the Microsoft Healthcare Innovation Lab which served as an incubation, technology transfer, and prototyping lab for next generation health informatics technologies. He was one of four physician directors of the team that built and sold the software which became one of Microsoft’s flagship products in healthcare, Microsoft Amalga™.
He has served as Chair of Informatics for both the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). Dr. Gillam has directed projects spanning technologies including: natural user interfaces in healthcare; advanced data visualization; biosurveillance; RFID tracking; automated facial image capture; enterprise search in healthcare; unified communications; gesture based interface control; Surface computing; augmented reality; and medical robotics.
Jason Silva is the Emmy-nominated host of National Geographic Channel’s #1 rated and Emmy-nominated series, Brain Games, seen in over 100 countries. He is the creator of “Shots of Awe,” a short film series of “trailers for the mind” that serve as philosophical espresso shots exploring innovation, technology, creativity, futurism and the metaphysics of the imagination. “Shots of Awe” have received more than 13 million views. Jason also created the web series “Future of Us” for AOL, exploring exponential technology and the future of humanity. From 2005 to 2011, Venezuela-born Silva was a presenter on Current TV, the Emmy-winning, independent cable network started by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, where he hosted, wrote and produced more than 100 hours of original content.
Nat ran the first web server in New Zealand, co-wrote the best-selling Perl Cookbook, and was one of the founding O'Reilly Radar bloggers. For eight years he has written the popular Four Short Links column for O'Reilly Media: each day he highlights four links relevant to the cutting-edge of tech. He's worked in publishing, edtech, and events. After ten years in the States, he works around Asia-Pacific helping governments and companies come to grips with exponential tech.
Melanie Johnston-Hollitt is an internationally prominent radio astronomer working in the space between astrophysics, computer science and big data. She is Director of Astronomy & Astrophysics at Victoria University of Wellington, Chair of the Board of the 60 million dollar Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope and a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation, which is tasked with building the World’s largest radio telescope. In her nearly 20-year career, Prof. Johnston-Hollitt has been involved in design, construction and operation of several major radio telescopes including the Low Frequency Array in the Netherlands, the MWA in Australia and the SKA which will be hosted in both Australia and South Africa. She leads a multi-discipline team in Wellington, NZ investigating how best to meet the science challenges of these next generation instruments in the big data era.
Amin Toufani founded for-profit and social impact organizations in a range of domains including: artificial intelligence, peer to peer lending, bitcoin, human rights, and international development. In addition to his work at Singularity, he is building the World's first hedge fund for the poor, as well as Reversopedia - a reverse encyclopedia composed of things we know we don't know. Amin has a degree in artificial intelligence from the University of British Columbia, an MBA from Stanford, and an MPA in economic policy from Harvard. He attended Harvard and Stanford concurrently and gradated an Arjay Miller Scholar. Google Search ranks him as the world's best guitar player - a title he readily rejects.
Academy Award winner Dr. Mark Sagar is the director of the Laboratory for Animate Technologies at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, where his interest is in bringing digital characters to life using artificial nervous systems to empower the next generation of human computer interaction. His laboratory is pioneering neurobehavioral animation that combines biologically based models of faces and neural systems to create live, naturally intelligent, and highly expressive interactive systems.
Mark previously worked as the Special Projects Supervisor at Weta Digital and Sony Pictures Imageworks and developed technology for the characters in blockbusters such as Avatar, King Kong, and Spiderman 2. His pioneering work in computer-generated faces was recognized with two consecutive Scientific and Engineering Oscars in 2010 and 2011. Dr. Sagar holds a Ph.D. in Bioengineering and is a recipient of the University of Auckland’s 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Nathaniel Calhoun sits on the Global Impact Faculty of Singularity University (SU), helping to guide the institution’s strategy and curriculum around creating massive, positive global change. He moderates Executive Programs for SU and is the Director of Global Grand Challenges and Team Project Leader for the Global Solutions Program.
Nathaniel specializes in applying technology to solve problems in low income countries and challenging environments. He founded CODE Innovation in 2007 to help development work organizations like UNICEF and DFiD to use web and mobile technologies more effectively in their education programming. His background in education is particularly deep, with several years of direct teaching experience, and pioneering work with online mentoring programs and out of school youth. He also consults for U.S. educational institutions and non-profits, evaluating the strength of existing digital initiatives and encouraging the creation of more effective ones.
A variety of seating options, from beanbags to couches to tables, will ensure your comfort throughout the Summit, and our central location is the perfect spot from which to explore Christchurch.
55 Jack Hinton Dr,
Bordered by the Port Hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps as a majestic backdrop, allowing for a huge array of experiences within just a few hours' drive. Christchurch has a rich Maori and European history with strong links to both Ngai Tahu and England seen throughout the city. Witness it as it continues to re-emerge, after the earthquakes, as a world-leading, smart city. See urban regeneration and innovation, set within stunning gardens and a picturesque backdrop.
It's hard to summarise New Zealand - a land of diverse regions and landscapes that stretches across two main and a myriad of small off-shore islands; a multi-cultural nation of people from Māori, European, Pacific and Asian origins. This vibrant embracing culture, inspired by ancient traditions and pioneering adventurers, does innovation with enthusiasm and hospitality with heart.
Ahead of the SingularityU conference in Christchurch this November, Francis Cook talked to event organiser Kaila Colbin about what the singularity means for work, leisure, sex, and the future.View more
The Singularity University delegation had the privilege of meeting with President Michelle Bachelet while in the country for the SingularityU Chile Summit.View more
Ross, the world's first artificially intelligent attorney, has its first official law firm. Baker & Hostetler announced that they will be employing Ross for its bankruptcy practice, currently comprised of almost 50 lawyers.View more
Meet Jill Watson, a first-time teaching assistant at Georgia Tech assigned to moderate an online forum for a computer science class. Jill was 1 of 9 TAs assigned to help answer questions about coursework and projects from the 300 students enrolled in the advanced course.View more
For 10 weeks each summer, a group of impact-driven individuals from around the world come to Singularity University’s Silicon Valley campus to embark on our flagship Global Solutions Program(GSP).View more
Kaila Colbin, is the NZ ambassador for Singularity University. She talks to Kathryn about the summit she's part of in November, where world experts in leading technologies will gather in Christchurch, to talk about understanding and adapting to an expontentially changing technological world.View more
A conference about the radical impact of future technology featuring some of the world's most forward-thinking experts is coming to Christchurch.View more
Brad Templeton, a keynote speaker at the SingularityU New Zealand Summit, says that in the future, fewer cars will be owned and more will be rented. Robo-cars are just around the corner and the auto industry faces a stark choice over the next decade - adapt or die.View more
We’re incredibly grateful to our partners. Their vision and commitment to the future of New Zealand make this Summit possible.
Every industry can be disrupted, with both challenge and opportunity in equal measure. This Summit will help us realise those opportunities.” — Mike Bennetts, CEO of Z Energy