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I must admit that carrying the Portuguese flag in the opening ceremony made me feel super proud as we typically are not the most represented country. Image credits: Singularity University.

“Uber yourself before you get Kodak’ed.”

And Other Highlights from Singularity University

Cristina Fonseca
Jun 27, 2016 · 3 min read

If I take 30 large linear steps (say three feet, or one meter per step) from my Santa Monica living room, I end up 30 meters away, or roughly across the street. If, alternatively, I take 30 exponential steps from the same starting point, I end up a billion meters away, or orbiting the Earth 26 times. And this was exactly where Kodak went wrong — they underestimated the power of exponentials.

Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler in Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World

  • The kind of things you probably have only seen in the movies are totally normal here. People talk every day about going to space and doing all kinds of stuff there.
  • The human potential here is unbelievable and the impact that can come out of it can really be a game changer.

Building the Exponential Mindset

Technology is changing at an exponential pace (Moore’s Law has been applied to technology in general to describe this phenomenom) but we still perceive the world as being linear.

  • Increasing access to resources: there could be a ton of examples here but space is the one that is most common. What if we could all migrate to space?
  • Addressing the Global Grand Challenges: learning, water, health, food or energy are just examples. What if we could make these resources abundant?

Highlights from my First Week at the Global Solutions Program

I will try to put some of the things I have been learning into words although I believe that is going to be a challenging job. Just by reviewing the notes I took during the week I can tell that, it’s really difficult to capture the essence of all amazing lessons and convert them into paper notes. The first week included:

  • Playing with arduinos, sensors, robots and VR
  • Dedicate 1h a day to wellness and mindfulness (this is a core area of the program)
  • Seeing Obama and Air Force One land in our backyard


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