This is an article (with a short video) from The Telegraph website. The article is called What has Singularity University brought the world? The research and education taking place at Singularity University promises (quite literally) to help in making our world a better place and they’re already delivering. It’s an exciting time to be alive!
What has Singularity University brought the world?
In short… privately owned cars which anyone can rent, 3D printers for astronauts, meat that does not kill animals, drones that can deliver aid to disaster zones and the world’s first DNA laser printer
• Getaround – graduate year 2009
Getaround is a car sharing marketplace where people can offer their own cars for rent to make some extra money. The renter uses an app to unlock the car door without ever having to see its owner.
It won one of the biggest technology competitions in the world, TechCrunch Disrupt NYC, in 2011, and is now the largest peer-to-peer car-sharing service. It has raised more than $20 million in funding.
• Made in Space – graduate year 2010
The team has developed a 3D printer which allows astronauts to design and build their own tools and shuttle parts on the International Space Station.
They received $125,000 from Nasa and its approval to send the printer up to ISS this month aboard the SpaceX CRS-4
• Matternet – graduate year 2012
The company is building unmanned aerial drones to deliver aid and medicine to developing countries, congested cities and places difficult to reach by car. These can range from a Haitian earthquake zone to a remote African village. It received $500,000 investment from venture capitalist firm Andreessen Horowitz.
• Modern Meadow – graduate year 2012
The environmentally-conscious company is producing meat and leather without killing animals. It uses 3D printers and tissue engineering to grow meat in a laboratory, in an answer to the world’s unsustainable meat consumption.
The firm plans to sell lab-grown “leather” – and eventually meat – to consumers within the next few years. In June it received $10million in funding from a billionaire investor based in Hong Kong.
• Cambrian Genomics – graduate year 2012
A genetics startup created the world’s first DNA laser printer which in turn produced the world’s first synthetic genome. Rather than printing with traditional ink, it custom-prints with genetic code using lasers.
This enable scientists to make corrections and fixes to ensure a child does not receive a gene for breast cancer, cystic fibrosis, Huntington’s disease, or any other single-gene disorders.
Clients include the US military, which wants DNA to create new types of biomaterials.
This article can also be found here.