• Where Youth Learn About the Singularity

    A global, online learning community for high-school students and older

     

    We learn about the progress of technology, what the trends and predictions are and what it can be used for.

    We ask two big questions:

    Ultimately, how does it impact me?

    All this is nice... can we use it to build solutions to big global problems?

  • 21st Century Education

    The goal of education is to prepare the next generation for the future when they become young adults so that they can earn a living, support themselves and do it in a way they they find personally rewarding and fulfilling.

    It used to be that passing down the culture and knowledge of previous generations meant that the kids were going to be okay. This is no longer the case.

    These two tasks - transfering our knowldge and culture and building the right skillset to strive - are becoming more and more distinct. We focus on the latter.

  • What We Offer

    1

    A framework for looking at emerging technologies

    Let's start with some terminology.

    Technology is what takes something that is scarce and makes it abundant. Speech is a technology. Clothing is a technology; The light in your home or heating. So are things like computing or 3D printers.

    Certain technologies are especially interesting because they develop with an exponential pace. These information based technologies are called Emerging Technologies (or "emTech").

    We categorized emerging technologies into eleven categories. These categories are are arranged so that we can think of each from the perspective of how they exist between the real and the digital world.

    2

    An introductory course

    We have a collection of important concepts and ideas. For those who are not yet immersed in futurism, these provide a daily drip of content to read up on, TED talks and other videos to watch.

    We pair these with fun group activities to engage hands-on and get mind-blown.

    We cover transportation, self driving cars, drones, space exploration, networks, internet of things, 3D printing, nanotechnology, robots, artificial intelligence, solar, wind and other clean energy, computing, quantum computing, brain-computer interfaces, synthetic biology, augmented and virtual reality, the Metaverse, spatial web, crypto-currency, NFT.

    As you can see the list is long so the goal is not STEM here... but rather to understand the applications and develop a cognitive framework, a mental model.

     

    3

    A visual tool to map out convergence

    More and more, interesting solutions and innovation happens at the intersection of various fields.

    Building on the categorization, we provide the Convergence Canvas, a visual tool to describe, assess and create "Pathways" that build off the convergence of multiple emerging technologies.

    Learning about convergence is the next level of knowledge once one becomes familiar with the dozen (or so) emerging technologies.

    It's the idea of the advantages of being a Polymath

    4

    A list problems

    While exponential progress of emerging technologies is the bright side... there is also a dark side. The world has a few huge problems, some are global crises and pose existential risk. So while some people are worried that with automation and universal basic income (UBI) we will have nothing to do and turn into fat blobs like in the movie Wall-e , we don't. There is a lot to do.

    Does your company say it is "community focused"? Do they put the SDGs graphics on their about page? Are you a volunteer (or "voluntold") who provides unpaid service?

    Do you even know what problems there are and who and why needs to be "serviced"?

    We have our own collection of the big problem areas that we built off the UNESCO work and others.

    We discuss and learn about these big problems, the metacrises, what we can do as prevention.

    5

    Finding pathways towards solutions

    The members of our learning community who are the the most advanced level are working on finding pathways to solutions.

    The difference between a solution and what we call "pathway" is that a pathway will get better, improve over time - exactly because it is built on emerging technologies which are each on a hockey stick growth curve.

     

    6

    Career advice, philanthropy

    We learn about the ideas of the Effective Altruism movement as young persons choose their career paths or people reinvent what they do for a living - something we will all have to do more and more often. How to spend out time we spend working to have desired impact, how to "do good better".

    And what are those professions of the future, what is the future of professions anyway?

  • Why Should You Support Us?

    At the end of the day, we are working on ensuring your survival.

    Unfortunately the world is facing some existential risks. Previous generations faced the risk of nuclear annihilation. The difference is that with nukes, if nobody did anything - if everybody did nothing, (meaning they did not push the big red button) ... that was enough.

    This is no longer the case. The climate crises, the ecological crises, the risk of AI, biotechnology or some other emerging technology going rogue can only be solved actively, not passively.

    How to Support Us?

    Educate yourself. We need a new enlightenment. We find that the best way to learn is together.

    Sign up for our upcoming cohort based courses.

    Boost the discord Server

    Share on Social

  • ☸️ Take the Helm

    and steer our future

    😎 Metaverse

    Spatial.io is a metaverse platform where we host our meetings. It's better than Zoom.

    Visit here.

    📖 Introductory Book

    called Progress and Predictions is available online

  • Join Our Community

    So why do we need a global online learning community?

     

    First off, you are the sum of the five people you spend most time with. Not everyone learns about emerging technologies or puts in extra work. Do you want to be among others who do?

     

    Second, there is a lot of uncertainty. In school people tell you what to do and what the right answers are. In real life nobody knows what to do and what the right answers are.
    A few
    hard questions we can only try to answer - even for ourselves - by listening to each other.

     

    A community works best when people do something together that they could not do on their own. Collaborating with a peer group, trying out social VR, brainstorming, seeing how decentralized autonomous organizations DAOs work, providing service to a local or better, remote and global community... these are things no one can do on their own.
    (We have self-study material too where it comes to reading or videos.)

  • The 6Ps

    Our framework to learn about how to connect applications of emerging technologies with solving the world's grand challenges

    (Inspired by Peter Diamandis' 6Ds of exponentials: 6Ds of exponentials)

    Progress

    Learn about emerging technologies

    • how their rate of progress is exponential

    • what are their applications

    • where they are headed

    Prediction

    Learn about where progress is headed

    • what major milestones are predicted give, ten years from now?

    • major shifts will be enabled when we reach things like human level intelligence (2029), longevity escape velocity (2035) or abundant, free solar energy (2030)

    Problem

    the United Nations calls them Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

    • others calls them Global Grand Challenges... or simply "suffering"

    • learn what these are

    • their root causes

    • and how they are related - can we solve one fully without solving another?

    Prevention

    Learn about Existential Threats

    • like ecosystem collapse, climate change ...

    • and what we can do to prevent them

     

    Pathway

    Make Connections

    • how can we apply and combine various emerging technologies to create solutions

    • how can these solutions ride the waves of ongoing trends so they scale up

    Philanthropy

    effective altruism

    • how to do go better

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