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Pluralizing Effects from Singularity


August 2, 2010 - 0 Comments

Back in June, I blogged about the Singularity Movement, which focuses on the merging of robotics and humanity.  As I wrote at that time, if we can use advances in science and technology to address societal challenges, I am all for it. After all, I am a passionate evangelist when it comes to technologies that are enabling borderless networks and smart grid. And now, as it turns out, I’m also quite a fan of the power of social networking.

After reading my blog, a representative from Singularity University asked me to speak to a group of their students. For those unfamiliar with the school, its mission is “to assemble, educate, and inspire leaders who understand and develop exponentially advancing technologies to address humanity’s Grand Challenges.” 

Last week, about 25 students with an interest in energy management arrived at Cisco’s San Jose campus to learn about Cisco’s strategy for smart grid, EnergyWise and other energy management innovations that can help companies (and eventually consumers) better manage their energy usage. It was an honor to talk with the students and discuss how Cisco’s background in providing backbone support to the internet turns out to be a transferable skill in thinking through the infrastructure of smart grid. All of this shaped up to be an interesting idea exchange.

When I stop and think of the power of social networking plus the multiplier effect of these individuals learning to not just develop bigger, faster, flashier technologies but to think in terms of how evolving technologies can make lives better, I am truly inspired. Because no one technology or entity—robotic or human—is going to get it done. It calls for a social network I call “community.”

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