Could you take over your colleague’s reflexes with your brainwaves and a 79$-headband? Hack a migraine-attack? Or shoot a rocket into space without rocket fuel? Apparently, also.
I must have looked quite high, this week in Amsterdam. You would too. All people hot in Silicon Valley gathered. For the Singularity University Summit. For this:
‘Shots of Awe’
Great thinkers & tinkerers as Rob Nail, Daan Roosegaarde and Brad Templeton took the stage. About AI robotics, smart highways & open source frog leaps. All drugged on the endorfines of Jason Silva’s future optimism.
Better than XTC
James, your best goods
We got a drugs load of radical innovations offered. With sizzling stories by Miroculus (baseline: disease decoded), 123D app, Amazon, Plantlab.nl, Malariaspot.org, Uberhealth, Kaggle and more. Much more.
With genetic engineering, nanotech and data dizzyness. With open-sourced Tesla-patenting. And with Belgian’s best Scanadu, a textbook example from their campus in Silicon Valley.
“Affect a billion people with Singularity University”
The flipside of this innovation ecstasy? Experiments that touch and cross the ethical borders. Cloning dogs? Stealing DNA-code & planting it on the scene of a crime? Terrorists and open-source bio-hacking? It is on the go too.
Two days of innovation high. Made my imagination spin & twirl more than all the coffeeshops of Amsterdam together. Made me see that 3D-printing is almost ready to disrupt the Grimaldis, Maersks and DHLs totally.
Gave me the scenarios for more than three James Bond-movies (#SUSummit). But also made me see… that it is over, for a while now. Heading back to Antwerp on the Thalys. With a weird sense of junkie grief.