José Luis Cordeiro is an economist, and futurist. He was born in Caracas, Venezuela from European parents who emigrated from Madrid during the Franco dictatorship. Educated in Europe and North America; he has studied, visited and worked in over one-hundred and thirty countries on five continents.
- 1 Education
- 2 Political career
- 2.1 Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science
- 2.2 Director, The Millennium Project, Venezuela Node
- 2.3 Founding Energy Advisor, Singularity University, NASA Research Park, California
- 2.4 Vicechair, HumanityPlus
- 2.5 Fellow, Institute of Developing Economies (IDE - JETRO)
- 2.6 Invited Professor, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia
- 2.7 Founder and President Emeritus, Sociedad Mundial del Futuro Venezuela
- 3 Philosophy and Politics
- 4 Books
- 5 External links
- 6 References
"José studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA, where he earned his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) degrees in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Economics and Languages. His thesis consisted of a dynamic modeling for NASA’s Freedom Space Station (the International Space Station of today). He later studied International Economics and Comparative Politics at Georgetown University in Washington, USA, and then obtained his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the Institut Européen d’ Administration des Affaires (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France, where he majored in Finance and Globalization.
During his studies, he worked with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna, Austria, and with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, USA. He started his doctoral work at MIT, which he continued later in Tokyo, Japan, and finally earned his Ph.D. at Universidad Simón Bolívar (USB) in Caracas, Venezuela. He is a lifetime member of the Sigma Xi (ΣΞ, Scientific Research) and Tau Beta Pi (ΤΒΠ, Engineering) Honor Societies in North America, is also a honorary member of the Venezuelan Engineers College (CIV), and his name has been included in the Marquis Edition of Who’s Who in the World."
- - From his Biography at Lifeboat Foundation
Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science
"The unprecedented speed and rate of change of globalization, technological development and dissemination and social evolution are raising fundamental questions and generating new types of challenges and complexities that express in terms of climate change, financial crises, skills gap, widening inequalities, immigration, increasing insecurity, and other fundamental doubts about the future. This conference will explore both the challenges and human responses to them and what needs to be done to moderate the consequences of rapid technological change, mitigate its disruptive impacts and maximize its positive potential derived from the increasing scientific, technological and organizational knowledge and capabilities we possess in the 21st century."
Director, The Millennium Project, Venezuela Node
"The 15 Global Challenges provide a framework to assess the global and local prospects for humanity. Their description, with a range of views and actions to addressed each, enriched with regional views and progress assessments are updated each year, since 1996. A short overview is published in the annual State of the Future, while continuous updates and details are available on the Global Futures Intelligence System website:  The 15 Global Challenges are a result of continuous research, Delphi studies, interviews, and participantion of over 4,000 experts from around the world, since 1996 — see a short history."
- - From the Projects/Challenges page on the Offical Website
Founding Executive Director, Red Iberoamericana de Prospectiva, RIBER
"This Node, coordinated by PROSPEKTIKER, has the collaboration of LKS, the MONDRAGÓN Corporation and the Strategy Office of the Gipuzkoa Province Council. As for its goal, in a participatory way, it is the promotion of the joint reflection of institutions and experts groups about the already identified 15 great challenges, at global level."
Founding Energy Advisor, Singularity University, NASA Research Park, California
"...he is a professor, founder and researcher of Singularity University, a research center created by NASA, Google and other companies, which is located in the NASA Research Center , in Silicon Valley, where they investigate how to solve problems related to health, nutrition, poverty, human education through technology.
- - From his Biography at VIDA+ Foundation
“Thanks for coming, I got a good turnout. Standing room only. (pause) I’ve known Jose for many years and most notably...starting from the beginning, which is about seven years ago, we started organizing Singularity University...and has helped developed the concept and the organization, heads up our relationship with Latin America.”
- - Ray Kurzweil, Ray introduces Jose, Talks at Google, October 2014
"The human is a biological animal, which evolved approximately 200,000 years ago as the subspecies Homo sapiens sapiens (modern humans). The Western world’s consensus on what is “normal” for a human biology, life span, intelligence and psychology established certain precedents. Outside these precedents would mean that a human is subnormal or beyond normal. A person who is afflicted with a physical affliction, a mental condition, or degenerative disease would be considered to be outside the normal range. Likewise, a person who has increased physiological performance or cognitive abilities, or lives beyond the human maximum lifespan of 122-123 years, would be considered outside the normal range. This determination of “normal” has not kept up with the advances in technology or science. Human enhancement, both therapeutic and selective, challenges the normal status and aims to expand human capabilities that further human physiological functions and extend the maximum life span. External devices such as smart phones, smart watches, wearable bio monitors, Google glasses, etc. are all expanding human capabilities. In the field of medical technology, the cochlear implant and bionic eyes have broken through the glass ceiling on biological determinism. Regenerative medicine, stem cell therapies, smart prosthetics, genetic engineering, nanomedicine, cryonics, nootropics, neuropharmacology, have already done this."
- - From the Mission page on the main website
Fellow, Institute of Developing Economies (IDE - JETRO)
Invited Professor, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia
Founder and President Emeritus, Sociedad Mundial del Futuro Venezuela
Philosophy and Politics
Cordeiro has been an advocate of sound monetary policy and dollarization in Eastern Europe and Latin America. His 1999 book La Segunda Muerte de Sucre provided academic backing for the change from the sucre to the dollar as the currency in Ecuador, where he is regarded as one of the thought leaders of this transformation.
In 2009, Cordeiro spoke at the European Futurists Conference in Lucerne about the concept of 'Singularity': "a not-too-distant moment when artificial intelligence overtakes the capabilities of the human mind - the point when we are going to merge with machines". As a teaching fellow of the Singularity University, he added that "the purpose of Singularity University is to prepare humankind for this transformation".
Cordeiro coined the term 'Energularity' to refer to “the biggest change in the largest industry on our planet... the Energy industry’s shift from fossil fuels to solar, wind, geothermal or fusion”. He also coined the term "Benesuela" as a contrast to "Venezuela" in reference to the educational situation in that country.
He advises audiences to “Forget flying cars and robot butlers… the future will be a far more interesting place”.
Cordeiro has been writing a fortnightly opinion column in El Universal, the largest Venezuelan general newspaper, since 1996.
- El Desafio Latinoamericano (1996)
- El Gran Tabu Venezolano: la desestatizacion y democratizacion del petroleo (1998)
- The Great Taboo (1998)
- Benesuela vs. Venezuela: el combate educativo del siglo (1998)
- La Segunda Muerte de Bolivar... y el Renacer de Venezuela (1998)
- La Segunda Muerte de Sucre... y el Renacer del Ecuador (1999)
- Pesos o dolares? (2000)
- El desafio latinoamericano y sus cinco grandes retos (2007)
- Constitutions Around the World: A Comparative View from Latin America (2009)
- Telephones and Economic Development: A Worldwide Long-Term (2010)
- Latinoamérica 2030: Estudio Delphi y Escenarios (2014)
- La Muerte de la Muerte: La posibilidad científica de la inmortalidad física y su defensa moral (2018)
- Official website
- Official blog
- The Millennium Project
- Lifeboat Foundation Homepage
- Cordeiro, the 'prophet of immortality'
- José Luis Cordeiro on Wikipedia
- Singularity Summit: "The Future of Energy and the Energy of the Future"
- TEDxRio+20: "The future is not what it used to be"
- Talks at Google: "The Future of Technology and the Technology of the Future"
- Singularity Weblog: "Jose Cordeiro on Longevity and Cryonics Summit: The World Will Be A Better Place Tomorrow"
- Personal website
- CALL FOR PAPERS http://worldacademy.org/conference-page/call-papers-approaching-20-year
- GFIS https://themp.org.
- https://humanityplus.org/about/mission/ Humanity+ Mission
- Atlas Network: "Why Ecuador's Economic Future Depends on Retaining Dollarization"
- Zeljko Bogetic: "Full Dollarization: Fad or Future?"
- Vistazo: "¿Quiénes promovieron la dolarización en Ecuador?"
- 2010 State of the Future: "Future studies around the world"
- Talks at Google: "The Future of Technology and the Technology of the Future"