Singularity University is one of the most interesting developments in education in some time. SU is bringing together experts in neuroscience, artificial intelligence, engineering, and other thought leaders along with business leaders. The discussions include abstract topics as well as pressing global problems and it is clear this group could yield some great innovation.
Here are some of the project SU identified in a recent press release:
- One Global Voice leverages mobile phone proliferation to accelerate economic development. It envisions a platform that will provide a set of modular programming tools accessible through a web portal, empowering individuals to create applications empowering education and commerce, linking together the developed and developing worlds.
- Gettaround addresses how an intelligent transportation grid can positively affect energy usage and slow climate change, as people value access over ownership of cars. The first step to the grid, Gettaround is a marketplace for peer-to-peer leasing of under-utilized car hours. It enables car owners to derive revenue from their idle cars, and for renters to have easy access to cars – affordably and conveniently.
- ACASA focuses on advances in rapid, additive manufacturing technologies to construct affordable and customizable housing in the developing world. Cost-efficient, environmentally sustainable solutions have the potential to create a transformative new paradigm for improving housing construction using local resources.
- XIDAR considers a new paradigm for disaster response, allowing users to overcome the communications network problems typical of crisis situations. The project enables innovative solutions to facilitate evacuation, medical triage and aid during natural disasters.
http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2009/07/hillsboro_builder_plans_40000.html 40,000 P-Pods to South Africa. Not local material but maybe still applies to your subject.
Thx Leland – very interesting !
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/africa/10/05/malawi.wind.boy/index.html?eref=rss_world Local innovation, I think the world could use more of this.