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Laredoans get a glimpse of budding technologies in health and science

June 29, 2016 GMT

The Laredo Development Foundation got a glimpse Tuesday into new technology aimed to save lives as well as learn about an organization whose goal is to address humanity’s grand challenges in their communities.

Some devices the Laredo Development Foundation learned of included the Miroculus, a blood test that can diagnose a disease before symptoms appear, the Scanadu, which measures temperature, heart rate, pulse and blood pressure, and the first Zero-Gravity 3D Printer, built by Made in Space, a device that is operated in zero gravity, enabling off-world manufacturing.

Laredo engineer Miguel Aldana, ambassador of the Singularity University Laredo Chapter and Director of Manufacturing and Engineering for Sony Corp., also presented information on Singularity University.

In March 2015, Aldana was one of 80 applicants from over 3,000 global applicants to join a group of innovators to pool their talents on multiple social topics, issues and industries.

Aldana pushed for Singularity University to move forward locally.

“Laredo has been given a much sought-after opportunity to host the Texas Chapter of Singularity-U, thanks to the participation and input of ... Aldana,” wrote Olivia Varela, executive director of the Laredo Development Foundation.

“The development of a Texas Chapter was highly contested by Austin, however, Miguel consented to leading the Texas chapter on one very bold condition — that it be located in Laredo.”

“The team consented to Miguel’s request, thus giving Laredo a shot at locally hosting the monthly speaker series and meetings, and potentially hosting an annual summit, a high-level conference with global support.”

Singularity University is a benefit corporation that provides educational programs, innovative partnerships and a startup accelerator to help individuals, businesses, institutions, investors, and governments understand cutting-edge technologies, and how to utilize them, its website states.

Singular University was founded in 2008 by Peter H. Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil.

Its mission statement is to educate, inspire and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges.

The local chapter of Singularity University, which is located in other 30 counties, aims to promote knowledge and awareness of exponential technologies, create a local community of thinkers, innovators, educators and scientists committed to develop Laredo in exponential technologies, create a local ecosystem of individuals, businesses, institutions, and investors that actively help each other and apply exponential technologies to solve humanity’s grand and local challenges, establish training programs and global networking opportunities around the development and application of new technologies in the community, making synergies and collaborations with the SingularityU Global Chapters, and engage all local leaders to make Laredo and Nuevo Laredo the North America manufacturing center of the new technologies and innovations.

Judith Rayo may be reached at 728-2567 or jrayo@lmtonline.com