Here we are at the end of Week #4… Each week is more intense than the last and it feels like time is accelerating. This week was weird and interesting. By next week we need to have formed teams to begin working on projects that can impact a billion people in the next 5-10 years… No pressure! So far, I think this has been one of the most challenging experiences I’ve ever been a part of, both intellectually and personally… Here are the highlights of the week:
At the beginning of the week we had the opportunity to send our saliva for an individual Gene scan done by 23andme. We will get the results in a few weeks… It was voluntary for whomever wanted to get the scan, personally I find it fascinating to be able to know where I come from and have access to raw DNA data that can then provide me with more information about my genetic structure. This is not a full DNA sequence, it’s a Gene scan that only looks at 0.4% of our entire DNA.
BUILDING AND PROGRAMMING A ROBOT
A normal thing at Singularity is the late night workshops to learn and play with different technologies… This week I attended a Robotics Workshop where we used Lego Mindstorms to build and program the robots. I learned the basics, it was a lot of fun and at the end we did a race of robots..! This is what we do at 10 pm in this crazy place!
PG&E – Pacific Gas and Electric
This week we visited the Innovation Testing Center for Pacific Gas and Electric. We got a tour of their facilities and learned about some of their innovative initiatives to provide clean energy to the West Coast.3D PRINTHERAPY SPA
The week was intense and we discovered a form of therapy to release stress…3D printing!! We have access to SU Innovation lab with different types of 3D printers, laser cutters, and other tools that will serve us well when we begin our team projects and need to prototype quickly…. but for now we have been having a lot of fun 3D printing different things and gadgets in the Cube 3D printers, ranging from Phone covers, funny items, cup sleeves, bracelets, and earrings! Here are some examples!
CULTURE NIGHT – Africa, Asia and The Pacific
As you may have seen in previous posts we have Culture nights to showcase where we come from! This week was the Cultural Night from Africa, Asia and the Pacific. My good friend Samar from Saudi Arabia did turbans for the girls so in the picture below you can see how she used different turban styles for all of us. We got to taste desserts from China, enjoy dances from all the countries and dance to various musical styles! Below are some photos of the fun!
Sometimes we are too tired to join the party… so instead we beam in! This is us playing with the Beam, basically Skype in Wheels! This is Teresa and I going to a party in the dining room… we were captured by Manny the DJ. It is so cool to think that in the near future we will essentially be able to be in two places at once.. from a computer in the lab we were able to “walk” to a different space, interact with people and “be present” in the space with others. Very cool!!