Faculty + Speakers

Kathryn Myronuk

Synthesis & Convergence; Finance & Economics Interim Chair
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Named one of CNN’s Top 7 Tech Heroes to Watch in 2015, Kathryn has spent the past decade teaching and doing research on exponential technologies, being there at the beginning for the first Singularity Summits, for Singularity University, and contributing research and analysis for two New York Times best sellers. Kathryn is a global expert on exponentially growing technologies and the synthesis of the broad set of related fields of the Singularity movement. Her analysis and data played central roles in the two leading books in the field: Ray Kurzweil’s “The Singularity is Near”, (2005) and Peter Diamandis & Steven Kotler’s “Abundance” (2012). She also helped create the first Singularity Summits and assisted in the creation of Singularity University, serving in multiple roles, including director of research, from 2009-2013. She continues to serve on the faculty, leading the track on technology convergence and synthesis. Slightly more in the present, Kathryn has worked as a research analyst in various industries, including energy, telecom, storage and security, and contributed to non-profit efforts and been active in the maker, hacking and science fiction communities, and the art community of Burning Man. She holds degrees in Economics and Zoology from UC Davis.

Other Professional Activities

  • Member of keynote panel at 2013 SAP Startup Forum for Healthcare and Life Sciences.
  • Panelist at AAAS 2012 conference, Vancouver BC, “Can Community Models Help Solve Global Challenges?”
  • Before joining Silicon Valley, Kathryn worked as an energy economist doing energy-related studies including demand side management, energy use load profiles, and cost-benefit analysis of air pollution control.

Speeches + Interviews

    On the exponential curve: inside Singularity University,” Wired.co.uk, May 6, 2012

    Opening Keynote, California STEM Summit 2015 “Why Curiosity Matters” March 2015
    Singularity Summit Spain, “Exponential Disruption of Jobs” March 2015
    Stockholm Resilience Center’s LEAD Program “Be the Exponential Change” December 2014
    Karolinska Institute Nov2k 2014 Conference “Exponential Science: applying the lessons of exponential technologies in the 21st century” November 2014
    DLD Conference, DLDwomen14, “Technology Alone Won’t Save Us” (Plenary talk)

    DLD Conference, DLDwomen14, “2024 Mobility: Shared and Delivered” (Workshop)

    IDA- The Danish Society of Engineers, “Driving Technology: Here are the 10 facts about causes and effects that you need to know” May 2014
    AAAS 2012  “Can Community Models Help Solve Global Challenges?”
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Topics

  • Exponential Trends
  • Synthesis & Convergence
  • Interdisciplinary Teams
  • Technological Unemployment

Types of Engagements

  • Consulting
  • Curriculum Design
  • Keynote Address
  • Panel Discussion
  • Webcast Workshops

Education

  • University of California, Davis M.S., Agricultural Economics
  • University of California, Davis B.S., Zoology

Other Speakers

Marc Goodman

Policy, Law, Ethics Chair

Daniel Kraft, MD

Medicine & Neuroscience Chair

Brad Templeton

Networks & Computing Chair

Sandy Miller

Entrepreneurship Co-Chair