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Singularity University (SU) is a global community that uses exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges by providing people with the mindset, skillset, and network to build breakthrough solutions that leverage emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital biology. SingularityU South Africa Summit is proud to be bringing incredible technologists, SU speakers, summit partners and more in this podcast series presented by SingularityU South Africa co-organiser Mic Mann. This podcast aims to bring you impactful knowledge and ideas featuring discussions around exponential technologies, disruption, and how to leverage cutting-edge ideas to future-proof your business.
48 Episodes
Endless West is using science and technology to reimagine how some of our finest consumed-goods are created. They create beverages that are made one molecule at a time. This new way of producing eliminates the need for traditional farming methods and their practices that strain the environment, such as use of pesticides, excessive water usage and carbon emissions. #futureproofAfrica #collaborativefutures
We talk to Thomas Kriese, who has been designing and managing the way people interact online for close to 20 years. At SU, Thomas heads up the community development and engagement efforts globally. He is responsible for refining and executing on our global community strategy, and working collaboratively with the local community leadership around the world. He represents the community and its interests inside the wider organization and is creating a scalable infrastructure for growth and build out. Thomas has a degree in Linguistics from the University of California at San Diego. When he’s not spending quality time with his wife and three daughters, you can find him swimming, biking and running his way into fitness.
David Roberts is regarded as one of the world top experts on disruptive innovation and exponentially advancing technology. His passion is to help transform the lives of a billion suffering people in the world through disruptive innovation. David served as Vice President of Singularity University and two-time Director (and alum) of the Graduate Studies Program. He is the recipient of numerous awards and medals and 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. His fascination with technology began in the fourth grade after building a hovering electric drone, to carry his younger sister to the bus stop, powered by what was formerly his mother’s vacuum cleaner, and fortunately limited by the length of an electric power cord.
Nathaniel Calhoun helps guide Singularity University’s approach to changemaking and impact as a founding member and Vice Chair of its Global Grand Challenge Faculty. He has moderated numerous SU Executive Programs and Directed SU’s flagship impact program, the Global Solutions Program (GSP). Nathaniel closely tracks innovations in emerging decentralized and platform cooperative technologies that create brand new business models and opportunities. He tracks disruptive and precedent setting changes within policy, especially related to governance and civic technologies. He specializes in helping both private and public sector actors to understand how to leverage and prepare for the growth of these and related trends, offering a unique take on the options facing an aspiring “exponential organization.” Nathaniel also supervises the creation and implementation of digital technologies at a global scale that help alleviate poverty while increasing business literacy along with digital and financial services in Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia. He does this work through CODE Innovation, a consulting company he founded in 2009 to help organizations like UNICEF and Plan International to use web and mobile technologies more effectively. Code Innovation has received financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to further develop their Self Help Group digital platform, which is growing exponentially in nine languages and more than a dozen countries. Nathaniel has two decades of experience in the field of education, public speaking, moderation and resilience building. He tracks the threat of technological unemployment and the relative merits of the solutions that humanity is offering around this issue. After living and working in Africa for more than a decade, Nathaniel enjoys helping organizations to think through their strategies with new and emerging markets.
As Director of International Summits, Bohdanna’s work is to bring influencers together to cross-pollinate regional, national, and global ideas that will grow into tech and social change for the betterment of us all. After graduating from Indiana University-Bloomington, Bohdanna worked at Northwestern University as their Special Events Coordinator. There she met and worked with politicians, Supreme Court justices, and the brightest academic minds and witnessed the power of knowledge and change. From there, she moved to San Francisco and received a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Painting from California College of Arts and an MFA in Painting from San Francisco State University. For the next decade Bohdanna concentrated on her art career. She exhibited her work in the US and Europe while also teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute. Bohdanna’s paintings focused on beauty and history and how they can bring people together visually. Merging her creativity and passion to bring people together in collaboration, Bohdanna began working for The Thiel Foundation as their Event Curator, managing all aspects of their events from high level design, curating speakers, and building partnerships between other organizations. Some specific highlights include: Managing all events for CNBC Transforming Tomorrow: a documentary focused on the Thiel Fellowship, working with in producing events for ‘Teen Technorati’, a web series on The Thiel Fellowship, and producing events for Breakout Labs Unboxing: a showcase of BOL’s grantees. Bohdanna was also one of the architects of The Thiel Foundation Summit; a bi-annual assembly of young entrepreneurs and visionaries from around the world. Working directly with entrepreneurs inspired Bohdanna to open 10 Forward Events, a full service event-curation firm specializing in producing innovative and one-of-a-kind events for the science and tech industry, startups, entrepreneurs, and VC firms. This endeavor ultimately brought her to SU.
SingularityU South Africa Summit co-organiser Mic Mann and creative director Youri Licht recently travelled to the Singularity University(SU) summit in Thailand where they interviewed various SU speakers. Season 1 is a series of in-depth conversations with some of Singularity Universities most innovative and creative minds. Ramez Naam is a computer scientist, futurist, and award-winning 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 leading teams working on cutting edge technologies such as machine learning, search, massive scale services, and artificial intelligence. Between stints at Microsoft, Ramez founded and ran Apex NanoTechnologies, the world first company devoted entirely to software tools to accelerate molecular design. He holds 19 patents related to search engines, information retrieval, web browsing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Ramez is also the H.G. Wells Award-winning author of four books: The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet (non-fiction), which looks at the environmental and natural resource challenges of climate change, energy, water, and food, and charts a course to meet those challenges by investing in the scientific and technological innovation needed to overcome them, and by changing our policies to encourage both conservation and critical innovations. He’s a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy at Aurora Illinois. In his leisure, Ramez has climbed mountains, descended into icy crevasses, chased sharks through their native domain, backpacked through remote corners of China, and ridden his bicycle down hundreds of miles of the Vietnam coast. He lives in Seattle, where he writes and speaks full time.
Disruption explained with David RobertsExponential Africa Show with David Roberts, one of the top leadership, innovation and disruption experts globally!Mic Mann sat with David Roberts earlier this year in Costa Rica to discuss how the theory around disruptive innovation.David talks about a mentor of his Clayton Christensen who came up with the concept of Disruptive Innovation. Clayton sadly recently passed away however the ideas around disruption will live on. David discusses the universal understanding and meaning of the term disruptive innovation and how we need to get good at disruption first before trying to disrupt ourselves. Watch the full episode and dive in deeper With David.
How will finance, wealth management and fintech evolve and become more transparent in the future? Watch Exponential Africa 1on1 with Paul Pagnato founder and CEO of Pagnatokarp a top family office and private wealth management firm with over $9.5 billion assets under advisement. Paul is a top advisor with more than 27 years of industry leadership, ranked #1 in Virginia on Forbes Top Wealth Advisors and #2 in Virginia on Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors lists.Mic Mann interviewed Paul on his visit to South Africa Last year where he spoke at the Exponential Finance Summit! Paul speaks about his early beginnings, where he started and how he got to where he is today, discussing how the great recession in 2008/9 led him to launch Pagnatokarp, with a goal to fix the financial structure issues. This created great awareness into the implementation of transparency in business and all aspects of his life, watch the full episode and hear all about how transparency under Pagnatokarp has led many companies to exponential growth and success.Paul has recently published his new book should you want to learn more - Transparency Wave: Exponential Changes That Will Transform Our World#futureproofAfrica
Today on the Exponential Africa Show Mic Mann has a great conversation with Nathaniel Calhoun - SingularityU chair of Global Grand Challenges.Nathaniel has had an incredible career having lived in over 50 African countries. Consulting with governments, banks and major corporations on how to create innovative change. Looking at new business models, new forms of money and cooperatives.Nathaniel stems from an educational background which he later combined with technology to impact and reach the masses in many informal and underprivileged countries. His passion later evolved to looking at the future of work within the informal economy, focusing on different business models and usage of technology that can help disadvantages people who are left out of the economy.Watch the full video to hear all about what makes Nathaniel tick and what impact has the technology created with all these incredible projects and movements he has created! #futureproofAfrica
Today on the Exponential Africa Show Mic Mann has a great conversation with Peter Hirshberg - Cofounder and Chairman of Maker City Project.Discussing the fascinating rise of Silicon Valley from the very beginning. The different, highly diverse cultures that came together and evolved to what Silicon Valley is today.Peter Describes what Maker City Project is all about, operating with cities, towns, and the private sectors to create new forms of civic innovation, economic development, and ultimately transformation. Working with the idea that anybody can get involved create something and make a difference.Watch the Full Episode to hear more about what made silicone valley what it is today and how The Maker city project is preparing its citizens for the future.#futureproofAfrica
Today on the Exponential Africa show Mic Mann discusses VR, AI, Spatial computing and more with Futurist, Author, Journalist and Top voice on LinkedIn, Cathy Hackl!Cathy comes from a Journalistic and storytelling background which evolved after having encountered her first VR experience realising the considerable value and impact in the future of VR.Cathy discusses Spatial computing which is a new form of computing that combines AI & computer vision to seamlessly blend digital content into our reality. Watch the full episode and learn more about what's to come and the future of story living.#futureproofAfrica
Today on the Exponential Africa Show Mic Mann chats with game-changer and thought leader @James Del. James is the publisher/CRO at Futurism and head of media at Singularity University.Futurism is an online publishing platform that talks about technology. Their mission is to bring you the world, the news, products, and narratives of tomorrow, today. James talks about Futurisms main goal "making the future accessible to anyone". Futurism creates all types of content that take really complex science and technology that pertain the future and makes it understandable for everyone.Futurism has hundreds of thousands of visitors on their site from all over the world daily many of them are South Africans too! Watch the full video to hear more about Futurism and the future of Media!#futureproofAfrica
Today on the Exponential Africa Show Mic Mann chats to Alix Rübsaam, a faculty fellow at Singularity University specialising in philosophy of technology, AI and ethics, researching the cultural and social implications of different exponential technologies in our world.Alix looks at all exponential technologies researched at singularity University and analyses the implications and meaning of these exponential technologies in peoples daily lives and businesses.Giving a human perspective on the technology, Alix analyses what it means to be human when living with all these technologies that can do so much for us and how it will impact us in all aspects of our lives.Watch the full episode to hear more from Alix and her thoughts on robots taking over our jobs, building biases in AI and more.This episode was shot last year in November at the SingularityU Australia Summit.#futureproofAfrica
Disaster resilience and global health.Today on the Exponential Africa Show Mic Mann has a great chat with Dr Eric Rasmussen - CEO of Infinitum Humanitarian Systems (IHS) and SU Faculty member specialising in disaster resilience and global health.Watch the full video to hear all about the projects that are being run, the different tasks dealt with daily in this field, and the importance of exponential technologies at this time.This interview took place on the 19th of February, at a time when the Covid-19 Virus had already started spreading globally. On this day, the recorded numbers were at 75700 people infected globally with 2000 deaths. This was only 36 days ago! The numbers have grown immensely in such a short space of time.We all have a big role to play in ending this time of crisis. Let us work together, collaborate and inspire one another to do what is best at this time. Be safe and take care #futureproofAfrica!Infinitum Humanitarian Systems:
Today on The Exponential Africa Show, Mic Mann has a great chat on immersive VR with the Co-founder of the TESLASUIT - Dimitri Mikhalchuk!The Teslasuit is a wireless haptic suit to fully experience virtual reality and the most immersive VR experience you can get today! A full-body suit that is worn together with VR headset to enter the VR world, the suit is calibrated to register movement and reactions. The full-body AR/VR suit and software suite accelerates the improvement of movement, reflexes and instincts, allowing faster, better improvement of the human mind and body.Haptic Feedback: From subtle touch sensations to feelings of physical exertion, users experience scenarios as though they’ve lived them.Motion Capture: TESLASUIT captures actions as they’re performed to establish baselines, create programs, and track improvement over time.Biometrics: Embedded ECG and EDA sensors capture users vitals and emotional stress level, so trainees can prove their ability to perform under pressure.Watch the full episode to learn more!Teslasuit website: shot at the Australian SingularityU Summit in October 2019.#futureproofAfrica
Today on the Exponential Africa Show Mic Mann chats to Andrew Vild, Co-Founder of Project Everest Ventures that aims to solve the worlds social issues using enterprise. With a mission to have social impact using technology across developing nations.Through his travels, Andrew Vild learned of the stark contrast of life between Australia and other developing nations. Andrew decided to use his steel making and engineering background to make a difference in the developing world using a business model with a focus on technology.Over the last three and a half years, Project Everest Ventures has set up operations across Uganda, Malawi, India, Timor Leste, Cambodia and Figi. They are partnering up with technology companies from around the world, working within communities and their social structures to roll out technology solutions.Watch the full episode to learn more about what Project Everest Ventures has done thus far and what opportunities lie ahead. Click on to the Project Everest website to learn more or even get involved!
Today on the exponential Africa Show Mic Mann Has a great conversation with Kunal Sood , Co-Founder and CEO of NOVUS. Kunal has an unwavering commitment to making the world a better place.His life is about making the impossible possible - saying it's a moonshot way of thinking. Curating extraordinary experiences that inspire and create extraordinary citizens around the world that go out and make the world a better place!Kunal has led high-impact teams in multinational companies and NGO's globally on projects that range from working in the slums of Mumbai to collaborating with the United Nations. He is deeply passionate about leveraging exponential technologies to solve our grand global challenges to positively impact the lives of a billion people.Watch the full video to learn more about Kunal and the steps he is taking to make the world a better place!#futureproofAfrica
What are the benefits of having Augmented and Virtual reality in our present world and the future of humanity?Today on the Exponential Africa Show, Mic Mann has a great chat with SingularityU Faculty member specialising in Augmented and virtual reality - Rachel Sibley!Education and training are a huge opportunity space; through AR and VR, we can scale immersive learning! Rachel says that we can dematerialise and thus demonetise by digitising the most high impact way of learning which is fully embodied interactive learning.Rachel speaks of retention and efficiency through interactive, immersive learning being the most impactful way to scale children and adult education as well as retraining our workforce.Rachel discusses what our children or next-generation would look like if they had an embodied relationship to concepts like quantum physics. “If we could create virtual worlds where we could expose our minds to these concepts, we would really open up entirely new domains of opportunity.” Rachel Anne Sibley.Watch the full episode for more on this very relevant and fascinating topic!#futureproofAfrica #AR
Exponential Africa Show - Pablos Holman - Hacking & Disruptive Innovation!Today on the Exponential Africa Show, Mic Mann welcomes Pablos Holman - SingularityU Futurist, Hacker, Inventor, and Disruptor!Pablos’s hacking career started in his childhood years. Growing up in Alaska, Pablos had a lot of free time to get to know his computer, which led to his coding and hacking skills. Pablos explains the computer to be a tool that lights up your imagination.His incredible mindset led him to work on and implement an extensive number of disruptive & innovative projects. From 3D printing, crypto, AI, reactors powered by nuclear waste, and more!Watch the full episode and join this thought-provoking conversation.#futureproofAfrica
Season 2 of the Exponential Africa show is here! To kick off the first episode Mic Mann interviews Tina Averback! Founder of Sky Studio (Sky Studio Lucia), a company that offers an advanced light meditation experience using Lucia.Lucia is a neural stimulator using different light frequencies, strobing, flashing and flickering LEDs combined with a halogen bulb. These stimulants travel and penetrate one's closed eyes through the optic nerve stimulating the pineal gland.Tina says stimulating the pineal gland in this way opens up your inner vision. A unique experience of reaching a theta state of meditation simply by closing your eyes and letting the light do the work for you, no need to have any meditation experience. A fascinating concept, what are your thoughts? Watch the full video to learn more about Lucia and its benefits.#futureproofAfrica
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May Davis

hi. please load all episodes to castbox

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