About SingularityU Canada
SingularityU Canada is a not-for-profit organisation committed to inspiring and enabling more Canadians to think BIG, take risks, and drive global impact. We are a grassroots movement of passionate individuals and forward thinking Canadian organisations who came together to catalyse a pan-Canadian community of thinkers and doers. SingularityU Canada was born of uncommon partnerships across communities, governments, and sectors, each of whom wish to have strategic conversations about our collective future and ensure that Canada plays a global role in shaping the way we all live and work.
Singularity University (“SU”) is a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build an abundant future for all. SU’s collaborative platform empowers individuals and organizations across the globe to learn, connect, and innovate breakthrough solutions using accelerating technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital biology. A certified benefit corporation, SU was founded in 2008 by renowned innovators Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis. SU is partnered with leading organizations such as Google, Deloitte, Genentech, and UNICEF.
Exponential technologies are the key to unlocking global solutions. They transform the way we live, rapidly accelerate, disrupt major industries, and create new possibilites for humanity. Their effects are being felt today but the next wave of exponential development and advancements will be more dramatic and pervasive. We believe that the solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges lie in the intersection of these exponential technologies.
Exponential technologies include artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR, VR), data science, digital biology and biotech, medicine, nanotech and digital fabrication, networks and computing systems, robotics, and robocars. These rich and diverse technologies are constantly mutating and evolving to take us in new directions with infinite potential.
Global Grand Challenges
Based on the foundations set by SingularityU, at SingularityU Canada we believe that leveraging the convergence of exponential technologies will set us on the path to solve our global grand challenges and shift from an era of scarcity to abundance. There are twelve global grand challenges (GGCs) that are interrelated and interdependent.
In addressing each GGC, we solve for the following three perspectives:
- Ensuring basic needs are met for all people
- Sustaining and improving quality of life
- Mitigating future risks
Sustainable and equitable stewardship of Earth’s ecosystems for optimal functioning both globally and locally.
Ample, accessible and sustainable energy for the needs of humanity.
Consumption of sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to maintain healthy and active lives for all people at all times.
Secure, safe, and sustainable shelter for residence, recreation, and industry for all people at all times.
Safe and equitable use, and stewardship of, space resources and technologies for the benefit of humanity and our future as a multi-planetary species.
Ample and safe water for consumption, sanitation, industry, and recreation for all people at all times.
Effective and efficient disaster risk reduction, emergency response, and rehabilitation that saves lives and livelihoods, minimizes economic loss, and builds resilience both globally and locally.
Equitable participation of all people in formal and societal governance that is in accordance with principles of justice and individual rights, free from discrimination and identity-based prejudices, and able to meet the needs of an exponentially changing world.
Optimal physical and mental health, including access to cost-effective prevention, early diagnosis, and personalized therapy for individuals and communities.
Access to information and experiences that build knowledge and skills for all people at all stages of their lives for personal fulfillment and benefit to society.
Equitable access to economic and other opportunities for self-fulfillment where all people are free from poverty and able to thrive.
Safety of all people from physical and psychological harm, including in virtual worlds; and protection of physical, financial, digital systems.