SingularityU
Australia
Summit


19-21 February 2018, Sydney

Understand, adapt, and thrive in an exponentially changing world

About the Summit

The SingularityU Australia Summit brings the world’s leading speakers and experts on exponentially accelerating technologies together with Australia's and New Zealand's leaders of today and tomorrow, giving us the knowledge and insight we need to compete — and win — in an exponentially changing world.

We’re encountering some of the greatest transitions that any generation has ever had to face. Technological disruption is already affecting every part of our lives; every business, every industry, every society — even what it means to be “human.” These changes show no signs of slowing down; in fact, they’re accelerating rapidly.
But the ever-increasing pace of change doesn’t just hold challenges - it holds opportunity. We are shifting from an economic model based on scarcity to one of abundance. What are the strategic implications? What kinds of policies to we need? What is the impact on our economy? What are the ethical considerations? None of the old rules apply.

 

SingularityU Australia Summit 2018 :

The Singularity Australia Summit, hosted in Sydney February 2018 had over 1100 attendees from multiple countries.

From the introduction to exponentials and an overview of disruption, to forward thinking AI, transport, crime, and blockchain the SingularityU Australia Summit kick-started conversation about exponential technology and how it can impact your country - and the world. Educators, corporates, non-profits, entrepreneurs, young people and government representatives came together for this three day summit - and were blown away by the content and connections! SingularityU Australia Summit has started a whole new group of exponential thinkers!

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis

Co-founder & Executive Chairman

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.

Ray Kurzweil

Co-Founder & Chancellor

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.

Speakers

Press & Media

Kaila Colbin - Driverless cars are only months away

Kaila Colbin is interviewed by John Stanley and Garry Linnell on Sydney radio station "Talking Lifestyle" about our future with autonomous vehicles in Australia.

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Are robots coming to a workplace near you?

Thirty years ago, we watched Hollywood movies featuring futuristic robots taking over the world in amusement and wonder, writing it off as fantasy. In 2017, the fantasy has come to life with more and more technologies changing the way we do things in our homes and workplaces.

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What is on the horizon and how it will change your life

New technologies are exploding around the world, faster and faster, changing the way we live, play and work. So, what can we expect in the next 12 months? Singularity University Ambassador Kaila Colbin is working in the forefront of exponential technologies and this is what she predicts for 2018.

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A singular vision. It’s time to talk about technology’s effects

Kaila Colbin is director of the SingularityU Australia Summit. American-born, she has lived in New Zealand for 13 years and says she has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of seven, when she sold books from a New York sidewalk to raise money to buy a radio.

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Don’t let ‘technoscenti’ rule - Kaila Colbin

Technologists need to take a long and hard look on fostering inclusivity in the conversation around digital transformation or risk widening the social divide, warns Silicon Valley think-tank Singularity University’s regional ambassador Kaila Colbin.

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Are you Ready for What’s Next? It’s Closer than you Think - The Mojo Radio Show

There is no question that this episode will open your eyes and minds to where technology is going and to the many things we need to be considering in and out of work.

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Press Release: Take a Journey into the future with SingularityU Australia Summit

Exponential technologies - technologies that double in power or processing speed every year while their cost halves

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Kathryn Myronuk - Radio NZ

Kathryn Myronuk is a specialist on the technological advances shaping our future and our jobs. She is a founding member of Singularity University, a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build an abundant future for all.

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Michael Gillam - Radio NZ

What will medicine and healthcare be like in the future? What role will technology play? How much say will patients have in their care? Michael Gillam talks to Kathryn Ryan from Radio NZ about the future of medicine.

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Food's new horizon

Kiwis, along with everyone else on the planet, have to make big decisions about which technologies to embrace, and which to reject. The choices are only getting harder, and more frequent as science accelerates at an exponential rate.

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Paul Henry

The organiser of the SingularityU New Zealand Summit Kaila Colbin joined Paul Henry to talk about exponential technology. 

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Find Your Billion

A school holiday workshop is drawing together fresh young minds to consider ways to solve some of the world's problems. 

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The show and awe of the new - Philip Matthews

Philip Matthews talks to representatives of the Singularity University ahead of its Christchurch summit.

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Partners

We’re incredibly grateful to our partners. Their vision and commitment to the future of Australasia make this Summit possible.

Professional Services Sponsor

Deloitte

Silver Partner

IAG

VIP Partner

AMP

University Partner

La Trobe University

Channel Partners

Work Club Global
Sydney School of Entrepreneurship
Academy Xi
CUB
Cicada Innovations
Henley Club
General Thinking
Disruptive Business Network
Spur:Labs
Wearable Technologies Conference - Sydney
Fishburners
The Leage of Entrepreneurs
Muru-D
Future Business Council
Foundation for Young Australians
Myriad Live
Emergent
Girl Greek Academy
Creative Universe
Pro Bono Australia
The Climate Reality Project Australia
Business Models Inc
Certified B Corporation
Entrepreneurs' Organization Sydney
Digital Storytellers
Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces
Pause Fest