The Bourbon Friday Show: Darryl Palmer on Bringing Singularity University to St. Louis

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On this episode of The Bourbon Friday Show we had the opportunity to talk with Darryl Palmer, CTO for Janus Choice, and Ambassador to Singularity University, about the capabilities of exponential technologies and the impact they can to remedy global crises.

Darryl Palmer— On Technology Exponentiating Change

To kick off this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show we heard from Darryl Palmer of Janus Choice about Singularity University and the upcoming events for the St. Louis chapter of Singularity University.

For those who are unfamiliar, Singularity University is a global organization that aims to empower leaders to use exponential technologies, like blockchain and AI, to solve some of humanity’s greatest issues.

While many people believe that these large-scale issues are best handled by governments or large agencies, history has shown that’s not always the best course of action. These same organizations are usually encumbered by a variety of factors and often times the issue they are trying to solve isn’t resolved until many years later. Specifically, one of the most overlooked issues is that, perhaps counter-intuitively, society at large has a limited view of technology’s potential to exponentiate solutions to global problems.

As Palmer explains, humanity has what he calls an “incremental” mindset when it comes to technology and it’s capabilities. Thinking incrementally comes naturally since it typically means thinking of something as happening linearly and chronologically. Yet as we can see, technological advancements are anything but.

Since technology grows exponentially, why not apply it to help create exponential social change?

If you are interested in learning more about Singularity University or joining the St. Louis chapter, the inaugural meeting will be held tomorrow on June 14th at T-Rex at 5:30pm. For more info go to theSingularity University Global Hub website.

Bourbon Innovation

As always, the Bourbon Friday team does their best to choose a fitting drink for the occasion.

The bottle this week was a single barrel – because, Singularity!

The show focused on Evan Williams Single Barrel, a notable name in the bourbon industry, and the conversation diverted to how bourbon got its name.

According to the industry, there are a couple of different stories about how this spirit got its name. In each story, however, the name ‘bourbon’ ultimately relates back to an old French family namesake.

By coincidence, that same namesake relates back to the Janus name — making it dually appropriate for our interview with Darryl Palmer from Janus Choice on The Bourbon Friday Show.

Fridays are for Bourbon

The Bourbon Friday Show logo

Bourbon Friday was first started about a year ago by Erik Lutenegger from Tenacityin an effort to bring entrepreneurs who were coworking at T-Rex together to share their insights and stories.

Now, that little event has turned into a regular live stream on EQ’s Facebook Page, to showcase all the personalities in the St. Louis entrepreneurship community, as they break free from a hectic work week and engage in scintillating discussion over a glass or two of bourbon.

It’s something we all look forward to each week and hope to see grow even more. The happy hour is currently reserved for T-Rex members and guests, but if you’d like to attend sometime, please email Nick Niehaus at nick@connect-stl.com to be added to the invite list.

And don’t forget to tune into The Bourbon Friday Show on EQ’s Facebook page every Friday at 4:30pm CT.

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Megan McDonnell is the Marketing and Communications Manager for Tenacity, an open source web development agency based in St. Louis. Originally from Kansas City, Megan graduated from St. Louis University in May 2017 with degrees in Communication, Marketing, Spanish, and Graphic Design. Besides managing all marketing and communication efforts for Tenacity, she also covers the Bourbon Friday Show hosted weekly by EQ, Tenacity, and Connect Marketing.