The University of the Singularity launched an innovation competition in mid-October, " Global Impact Competition The "Financial Technologies" programme is open to students of the Telecom ParisTech school and focuses on financial technologies (FinTech). Crédit Agricole and the consulting firm Keyrus are sponsors and members of the jury for this prize. The winning student will receive a $35,000 scholarship from the French Bank to attend the summer programme at the University of Singularity in Silicon Valley. There is nothing extraordinary in this information except that the University of the Singularity, financed for the most part by Google, was created by Ray Kurzweil, the pope of transhumanism. So what is Crédit Agricole going to do in this universe that smells like sulphur?
En this side of the Atlantic, the Singularity University was founded by two iconic Californian high-tech personalities, Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil.
Singularity and transhumanism
The first made his name with the X-Prize Foundation, a non-profit organization that regularly launches richly endowed challenges to " make the impossible possible ".
Ray Kurzweil is more famous; a professor at MIT, holder of the prestigious American Technology Award, he is described as the ultimate brain machine by Forbes and as a true genius by The Wall Street Journal. He's not only a computer genius, he's also a successful futurologist, who popularized in a book published just ten years ago (" The Singularity is Near ") the idea of "singularity". This concept refers to the moment when computers will become smarter than humans. Having become one of the most influential theorists of transhumanism - a current of thought that advocates the overcoming of the human with the help of technology - Kurzweil announces that humans will become hybrid beings as of 2030, half alive, half robots. And this will happen thanks to the exponential progress of nanotechnologies (such as fleas transplanted into the human body) and artificial intelligence.