Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.
The quantified self is better health through self-knowledge and self-tracking. By sequencing our DNA and keeping tabs on our cortisol level, our heart rate, our insulin production, and a range of other biometrics, we can self-track ourselves to optimum health.
The overview effect is a shift in perception and cognition that astronauts and spacewalkers have described experiencing after viewing earth from up above. This module considers Jason’s views on the Overview Effect and seeing the Big Picture.
There are at least two kinds of games: finite and infinite. Finite games are those instrumental activities - from sports to politics to wars - in which the participants obey rules, recognize boundaries and announce winners and losers.
The Hubble Ultra-Deep Field (HUDF) is an image of a small region of space in the constellation Fornax, containing an estimated 10,000 galaxies. This image has revealed high rates of star formation during the very early stages of galaxy formation, within a billion years after the Big Bang.
The technological singularity is the hypothesis that the invention of artificial superintelligence will abruptly trigger runaway technological growth, resulting in unfathomable changes to human civilization.
This module examines Jason Silva’s views on the Singularity.
This module will present an introduction to fintech, crypto-currencies and the future of finance. It will give you an overview of everything you need to know in order to understand where we’re headed.
What does the future of medicine look like? Exponential technology is revolutionizing healthcare. How we prevent, treat and cure diseases is being radically transformed. Technology is set to transform the way that patients interact with their doctors and healthcare providers.
Many people live a life of routine and monotony. But those who seek out wonder, meaning, and intellectual complexity in their lives are found to be happier, healthier, and more motivated. At a fundamental level, we all crave to be a part of a grand mission, something larger than ourselves.
This module will provide an overview of how we can all exercise healthy and positive skepticism in our lives. We will explore the role of scientific thinking and self-reflection in effective skepticism.
Does beauty truly lie in the eye of the beholder? Do the objects of the universe have an inherent beauty that lies beyond the need for human apprehension? To what extent are we genetically predisposed to consider something beautiful? Do we truly have free will in our apprehension of beauty?
Our political beliefs, our religious beliefs, and even our beliefs about the climate and the very nature of reality are informed by our moral views. This module looks at how different groups have differing moral intuitions, and different unconscious biases. We will also explore the sources of much of our disagreements and conflicts on issues of morality.
This module focuses on the role of art in modern society, why it is so popular, the key figures in the art world that make it a multi-billion-dollar industry, the subculture of art and what art means to different sections of the art world.
This module considers the impact of the Golden Age of Arabic Science on the advancement of human learning and how the scholars of these great libraries made many remarkable original contributions to diverse fields.
This module explores the difference between scientific truth and poetic truth and focuses on the different ways in which the scientist and the artist contemplate existence and appreciate reality.
This module explores all the positive applications of AI and the ways in which we can use it so solve problems. We will explore what it means to be a Cyborg and imagine a future where humans and AI merge to become one.
In this module, we explore whether AI will ever deserve rights and what these rights would entail. We will evaluate the nature of future AI-human relationships and the role that consciousness has to play.
There are many concerns and ethical issues when it comes to AI, such as those related to transparency, weaponization, privacy and much more. Learners will have an opportunity to explore these potential threats and consider how we can overcome them. The goal is to recognize these challenges and derive practical solutions for the future.
So what is science anyway? What are the key components to thinking scientifically? Why is it important to do so? This module will give learners an overview of the scientific process and how we can apply it to our everyday lives.
This module will give learners an overview of the contrast between linear and exponential growth. Learners will identify the driving forces behind this accelerating change and learn to adopt an exponential mindset throughout their lives and careers.
The technological singularity is a point in the future where exponentially growing technologies will usher in an age of greater than human intelligence and increasing merger between biological and artificial intelligence.
This growth cycle of any new exponential technology takes place in six key steps, which Peter Diamandis calls the Six Ds of Exponentials: digitization, deception, disruption, demonetization, dematerialization, and democratization. This module will go over each of these stages and allow learners to adopt an exponential mindset.
In order to be prepared for the future, we need to understand what AI is and what its applications are. This module provides an overview of different types of AI, industry trends and future predictions by experts in the field.
In this module, learners will identify strategies for effective personal branding. More important, they will learn how to align their online brand with their passions and true personalities. We will also explore ways to utilize personal branding to create value and contribute ideas to the online community.
How can you connect and collaborate with talented individuals from around the world?
This module will give learners an overview of strategies when it comes to online networking. It is important to know how to take advantage of the growing global online network.
This module will provide an introduction to digital skills that young minds need to be aware of in order to succeed in the information age. How can you successfully find and access reliable information on the internet? How are messages in media being constructed and for what purposes? How can we use technology to be productive? We will identify strategies on how to answer these questions and much more.
In this module, learners will be introduced to the importance of interdisciplinary thinking, what it is and learn how they can leverage it to solve problems. Learners will also be introduced to divergent and convergent thinking tools.