José Cordeiro

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World Academy Art Science founded in 1960
The Millennium Project is a global participatory think tank established in 1996 under the American Council for the United Nations University that became independent in 2009 and has grown to 63 Nodes around the world (an MP Node is a group of institutions and individuals the connect local and global perspectives).[1]
Singularity University founded in 2008

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.[2]


"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[3]

Political career

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."[4]

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: [5] 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[6]
“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[7]

Vicechair, HumanityPlus

"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 smartphones, smartwatches, wearable biomonitors, 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[8]

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[9][10]. 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.[11]

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".[12]

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.[13]

In a set of forecasts about Latin America in 2030, Cordeiro and the Millennium Project highlighted two extreme scenarios: "God is Latin American" and "Disintegration in Hell".[14]

He advises audiences to “Forget flying cars and robot butlers… the future will be a far more interesting place”.[15]

Cordeiro has been writing a fortnightly opinion column in El Universal, the largest Venezuelan general newspaper, since 1996.


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