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Monday, March 14 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
The SINGULARITY: Humanity's Huge Techno Challenge

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Will supercomputing intelligences outsmart human-level intelligence? Ray Kurzweil's "The Age of Spiritual Machines" is the world's most known advocacy of a technology breakthrough that will change the face of humanity and the entire world. Kurzweil claims that the accelerating, exponential growth of technology will result in such a Singularity. But not all technological luminaries agree with Kurzweil. In fact, some suggest nanotechnology as superseding artificial intelligence. Others argue for humanity's future as being located in biosynthetics and virtuality. Outside the technological sphere, a new culture of DIY citizen scientists could either speed up or halt the Singularity. With a finger on the pulse, ethicists and policy-makers are arguing for a new strategy for assessing our possible futures. This panel dissects the very core of the Singularity, if and when it will occur, and what we can expect to happen.

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Doug Lenat

CEOCycorpOne of the pioneers of Artificial Intelligence, Dr. Lenat’s research while he was a Stanford professor ranged from natural language understanding to expert systems to machine learning. He came to Austin in 1984 to start a project called “Cyc”, to capture human common... Read More →
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Michael Vassar

PresSingularityMichael Vassar is SIAI's President, and provides overall leadership of the SIAI as it develops its research capabilities and its role as a forum for discussion of the challenges and potential of artificial general intelligence. He is also responsible for the organization... Read More →
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Natasha Vita-More

Vice ChairHumanity + IncNatasha Vita-More – artist, theorist and activist, is PhD researcher on human enhancement media. She has been referred to as a “role model for superlongevity” (Wired) and a cross between Duchamp and Madonna” (Atlantic Monthly). Natasha's future human... Read More →

Monday March 14, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Hilton Garden Inn, Sabine

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