Past Meetup

When linearity met exponential - a summer at Singularity University

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Price: £5.00 /per person

Birkbeck College

Torrington Square WC1E 7HX · London

How to find us

Room 402 is on the fourth floor of the main building

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Predicting the future is a hard task, even when trends are linear. When the quantities involved are changing exponentially it becomes even more challenging. That's where Singularity University comes in.

Founded by Ray Kurzweil ( and Peter Diamandis ( with the objective of exposing brilliant minds to shifting paradigms, Singularity University ( has been a fascinating experiment in looking at the possibilities of exploring uses of exponential technology to impact huge numbers of people. Each summer around 80 folks from 23 countries are brought together at Singularity University campus located in NASA AMES campus for 10 weeks.

This talk aims to give a glimpse at the journey of 10 weeks from ideas to prototypes which have the potential to impact a billion people. It covers:

• The personal experiences of one attendee in the summer course

• The progress of selected graduate projects, in fields such as health, synthetic biology, the democratisation of the Internet, and 'green' silicon

• A report from "the cutting edge of the Singularity".

About the speaker:

Anish Mohammed is a multi disciplinarian who in has worked as a medical doctor, bioinformatician, security expert/cryptographer and most recently as consultant. He describes himself as someone who is passionate about technology, especially cloud computing, big data, cryptography and security.

Anish is also an avid robotics enthusiast who is actively involved in Open Source Unmanned Aerial Vehicle projects. He spent summer of this year in Singularity University.

Meeting Logistics:

2pm-4pm, Saturday 7th December

Venue: Room 402, Birkbeck College (, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room 402 is on the 4th floor in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

Coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms (, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ.

Covering meeting costs:

A small fee (£5) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room costs. Please pay in advance, online.

This will be refunded if the meeting is cancelled or rearranged, or if the attendee cancels at least 3 days before the meetup.

Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.)

Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge - please contact the organiser, notifying us in advance of your plans to attend.