Individuals Program – FUIP
7 days – Monday to Sunday
Price – The price for the program is 2500 euros. A limited number of partial and full scholarships is available. Along with scholarships, several payment options are available to allow the selected applicants to participate (for example, monthly payments of approximately 50 euros for 5 years) . Future University is proud to be accessible to almost everyone who is selected.
Future University selects, prepares, educates, inspires and empowers entrepreneurs to solve humanity’s most difficult problems, such as health, poverty, education, energy, security, longevity, food, water, and other global challenges. Selected entrepreneurs are provided with a clear vision of the world’s most challenging problems. They are submitted to educational programs to be prepared to improve the world and solve its most challenging problems, using, for example, future technologies, such as: 3D printing, artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, supercomputing, genetic engineering, brain machine interface, and many other promising future technologies.
The fee for the one-week program is 2500 euros. A limited number of partial and full scholarships may be available. Along with scholarships, several payment options are available to allow the selected applicants to participate. Future University is proud to be accessible to almost everyone who is selected.
Application Process and Admission Deadlines:
Please fill out the admissions application on the Future University website. www.futureuniv.org
Qualified individuals will be asked to submit additional information, including official transcripts, and will be scheduled for an in-person or Skype interview. Students are also encouraged to submit a short video of themselves expressing why they should be admitted to the program.
The program is divided in three main parts:
Days 1 and 2
A deep understanding of the world’s biggest challenges
What are the world’s most challenging problems? Understanding their implications, interdependence, and connection to major organizations.
Days 3, 4 and 5
Learning about future Technologies advantage in today’s world
What are the problems in the world? What is their tendency? How can we fight them? What has been done? What has worked and what has failed? What is the main challenge? What kind of technology is needed?
Days 6 and 7
Promoting action for change.
Future University Participants will create a company, with support of Future university incubator (FUlabs). The companies will have a transformative purpose to approach a serious problem.
PROGRAM DETAILS (DAYS 1-2)
These first two days allow the participants to connect with the biggest global organizations, discussing the different world issues. Participants are exposed to the problems, quantification, implications, and interdependence of the major challenges of the humanity.
After these first two days, entrepreneurs learn about the various future advancing cross-disciplinary technologies in the following tracks:
- Artificial intelligence and robotics
- Medicine and neuroscience
- Digital fabrication
- Computing systems
- Future studies
PROGRAM DETAILS (DAYS 3-5)
Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
This track explores how robotics and artificial intelligence will be useful to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems, for example in healthcare and education. This track will discuss the major developments in robotics, for example, robotic surgery, autonomous vehicles, humanoid robotics, and revolutionary automation systems.
- Introduction to intelligent machines: perception, actions, representation, reasoning, learning, dealing with uncertainty.
- Artificial Intelligence technology: efficient exploration of state space, planning, logical inference, probabilistic inference, representation languages, machine learning, and language understanding.
- Alternative approaches for producing general artificial intelligence.
- Robotics: hardware systems (sensors, manipulators), mobility, localization and mapping, human- robot interactions, multi-agent systems, autonomous vehicles, scaling to micro- and nano-machines.
- Robotics applications in transportation, home, medicine, security, internet, entertainment, space, and other areas.
- Future technology trends, AI ethics, friendly vs. unfriendly AI. What happens when computers match various capabilities of the human brain?
This track reviews the advances in biotechnology that involve, for example, personalized medicine, genomics, synthetic biology, systems biology, and many others.
- Genomics and proteomics; ultra-rapid, low-cost gene sequencing; and statistical and computational extrapolations of large biological databases.
- High-speed, full-genome, consumer-based sequencing and personal gene analysis and ethics
- Ultra-rapid, low-cost DNA writing, selective gene manipulation/substitution, and ethics of gene modification.
- Microfluidics and single-molecule technologies.
Energy-related technologies will create huge new business opportunities while solving global energy problems. This track explores future breakthroughs in renewable energy production and the monitoring and management of environmental systems.
- Renewable energy production, including solar, wind, geothermal, biological, nuclear, and other forms of energy; this track also covers: grid 2.0, energy storage technologies, fuel cells; efficient transportation systems; energy conservation and efficiency
- Sensors and monitoring; climate models and strategies; global carbon and nitrogen cycles; regional and global risks – prevention and mitigation strategies.
- Food and water security, waste management and recycling, and environmental contamination and clean up.
Medicine and Neuroscience
Health and medicine in general are changing rapidly. Medicine is undergoing an explosion of digital information and potential for distributed healthcare. This track explores the future of biomedicine, brain-machine interface, human neuroscience, human enhancement, post-humanism, trans-humanism, robotic surgeries, artificial organs, 3D printing of body organs, and much more.
- Digital preservation of information
- 3D printing of organs and the particular case of 3D printing of human skin.
- Robotic surgeries and the future of surgery
- Brain-machine interface and how it relates to robotics.
- Human enhancement and life extension technologies.
Nanotechnology refers to science, engineering, and technology that can be used to manipulate and control individual atoms and molecules and has applications across all the science fields, including chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering.
- Nano particles for medical applications. The treatment of cancer using nanobombs.
- Nanotechnology and the economic consequences for the new economy.
- Bionanorobotics and the future of biological atomic control.
- Advanced nanorobotic systems being used in construction, healthcare, and the world’s economic system.
- Future nanofactories and the emergence of the physical revolution.
3D printing is revolutionizing the ability to produce objects locally. This track explores the economic implications of this radical new capability where complexity has no cost. This track explores 3D printing in construction, healthcare, the game industry, and in many other areas.
- Plastic 3D printers, for example “RepRap”.
- Contour crafting and the 3D printing of houses.
- 3D printing of food and the implications for the food industry.
- 3D printing of electronic circuits, and the future of computing systems.
- 3D printing in the fashion industry.
This tracks covers the accelerated growth happening in computing, also known as “Moore’s Law”. This fundamental enabler is an essential tool for entrepreneurs to change the world and to use these capabilities to address and solve some of the world’s most difficult problems.
- Silicon limits and the future of Von Neumann computing systems.
- Biological computing systems. DNA as a tool for information storage.
- Quantum computing and the emergence of a radically different transformative computing system.
- Computing capabilities to address problems in healthcare, in finance, in political systems.
Space technologies are fundamental for the long-term survival of the human species. Future space tourism will catapult capitalism into the arena of space industries. Space is no longer an area restricted to the government. Private industries are emerging in this field. This tracks covers the new technologies that empower entrepreneurs to enter this new field previously restricted to governments.
- 3D printing in space technologies.
- Space Turism
- Propulsion systems.
- Space elevators and the power of nanotechnology in space applications.
PROGRAM DETAILS (DAYS 6-7)
After five days of program, Future University staff will select a set of projects that have the potential to solve one of the several worldwide problems within the categories of health, poverty, education, energy, security, longevity, food, water. Each team of 10 participants will focus on a project and take on the challenge. The projects are expected (but are not required) to boost future technologies. The areas for the projects for the 2015 Individuals Program are:
Future University participants will have to present solutions to address poverty using future technologies. Poverty is a main problem of humanity.
- There is a huge number of poor people in the world, currently estimated in 2 billion people.
- According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.”
- More than 80 percent of the world population lives in countries where income differentials are widening.
- The poorest 40 percent of the world population accounts for 5 percent of global income.
Hunger causes tremendous suffering and is a major cause of illness. Future University participants will be challenged to use future technologies to propose solutions for this problem.
- There are 805 million undernourished people in the world today. That means one in every nine people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life.
- Hunger and malnutrition are in fact the number one risk to health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
- Solving hunger will also contribute to peace and stability. When governments can no longer guarantee adequate food supplies, states are prone to fall. Volatility on food markets can quickly translate into volatility on the streets.
Future Technologies are expected to have a serious impact on fighting pollution. Future University participants will propose strategies to protect our planet from environmental aggression.
- In the United States, electric power plants emit about 2.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year , or roughly 40 percent of the nation’s total emissions.
- A new analysis by Natural Resources Defence Council found that 470 to 700 million tons of carbon pollution can be eliminated per year in 2020 compared to 2012 levels, equivalent to the emissions from 95 to 130 million cars.
- More than 1,100 counties — one-third of all counties in the 48 lower states — will face higher risks of water shortages by mid-century as the result of global warming.
- Climate change also poses unique challenges to human health, such as: significant increases in the risk of illness and death, related to extreme heat and heat waves.
- Some diseases transmitted by food, water, and insects are likely to increase.
- Certain groups, including children, the elderly, and the poor, are most vulnerable to a range of climate-related health effects.
In most places on planet earth, education remains an inaccessible right for millions of children.
- More than 72 million children of primary education age are not in school and 759 million adults are illiterate and do not have the awareness necessary to improve both their living conditions and those of their children.
- Many emerging countries do not have the appropriate financial resources necessary to create schools, provide schooling materials, nor recruit and train teachers. Funds pledged by the international community are generally insufficient to allow countries to establish an education system for all children.
- In sub-Saharan Africa, over 12 million girls are at risk of never receiving an education.
- In Yemen, more than 80% of girls will never have the opportunity to go to school.
- Certain countries, such as Afghanistan or Somalia, make no effort to reduce the gap between girls and boys with regard to education
Water is essential for health and survival. Which future technologies will help provide drinking water to everyone in our planet?
- Some 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation.
- Approximately two in every three people with no access to clean water survive on less than $2 a day; whereas one in every three gets by on less than $1 a day.
- More than 660 million people without sanitation live on less than $2 a day, and more than 385 million on less than $1 a day.
- 1.8 billion people who have access to a water source within 1 kilometer – not in their house or yard – consume around 20 liters per day.
- Some 1.8 million children die each year as a result of diarrhea.
- Close to half of all people in developing countries suffer from a health problem caused by water and sanitation deficits at some point in their lives.
- Millions of women spend several hours a day collecting water.
Weapons of Mass Destruction are threatening humanity existence. Ethnic and Religious Conflicts are putting at risk every single life on planet earth.
- As of the end of 2002, the UN had close to 40,000 soldiers and police in 13 peacekeeping forces around the world. Some forces, such as those in India and Pakistan, have been in place for decades. Others, such as those in East Timor, achieved their goals in only a few months.
- Nations have not only worked to prevent and contain conflicts, they also have forged treaties to limit the manufacturing, testing, and trade of weapons. The weapons of most concern are those that cause mass destruction. These include nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that can kill thousands, even millions of people.
- Conflicts among people of different racial, national, religious, linguistic, or cultural groups are not new. Some struggles have roots that reach back for decades and, in some cases, for centuries. Such conflicts include those between Protestants and Catholics in Ireland, between Palestinians and Israelis in the Middle East, and among Serbs, Bosnians, and Croats in the former Yugoslavia.
Healthcare in developed countries is broken and requires serious rethinking. Also, if out of control, pandemics can decimate humanity. Several viruses and bacteria have become serious concerns to the world. What technologies can protect humankind from this rising existencial risk?
- One billion people lack access to health care systems.
- One billion deaths each year are caused by noncommunicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung diseases. This is almost two-thirds of the estimated 56 million deaths each year worldwide.
- Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the number one group of conditions causing death globally. An estimated 17.5 million people died from CVDs in 2005, representing 30% of all global deaths. Over 80% of CVD deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
- In 2008, some 6.7 million people died of infectious diseases alone, far more than the number killed in the natural or man-made catastrophes that make headlines.
- Tuberculosis kills 1.7 million people each year, with 9.4 million new cases every year.
Future University participants will present solutions to the world’s most pressing energy issues.
- Continued reliance on fossil fuels, especially from unconventional sources, will have greater negative impact and risks to the environment. Fossil-fuel consumption subsidies, $312 billion in 2009 for 25 countries, are distorting price signals. Many of these countries were developing economies.
- High environmental degradation related to global diversification of fossil fuel extraction.
- Current technology that is being developed can facilitate 28-35% reductions in energy consumption and GHG emissions as well as reduce water use.
- In developed countries, existing systems and infrastructures create resistance to the adoption of renewable energies.
- 2 billion people have either intermittent or non- existent supplies of electricity
- Many renewable energy sources are rarely competitive with conventional energy sources. The low costs of conventional energy (coal and natural gas) make it hard for clean-technology start-ups to compete.
Space technologies are fundamental for the long-term survival of the human species. Future University participants will present solutions to take humanity into space (our ultimate frontier). Many side benefits will derive for healthcare and technology along the way.
- Rapidly and cheaply robotically scout the Moon, Mars, asteroids and other deep-space destinations to find safe and interesting sites for humans to visit. Understanding the space-resources available to humans that will enable them to “live off the land” one day. Understanding the hazards that places pose in their local environment, as well as preventing hazardous encounters with Earth. Synthesizing robotic and human exploration, exploiting the strengths of each. Looking at new designs, new materials, and new technologies that will transform not just where humans can go but what they can do when they get there.
- Space tourism is no longer restricted to governments.
- Space elevators have been proposed and are being subject of serious analysis.
- 3D printers have been put into space, opening the possibility of material abundance in space.