[sl4] Singularity Summit 2008 open for registration

From: Joshua Fox (joshua@joshuafox.com)
Date: Tue Sep 02 2008 - 03:34:20 MDT

Hi folks,

Singularity Summit 2008 is now open for registration at

Please do promote this on your blogs, etc., to anyone who might be

A press release follows.

Intel CTO and Ray Kurzweil Among Visionaries Headlining Singularity Summit
2008: Opportunity, Risk, Leadership

Singularity Summit 2008: Opportunity, Risk, Leadership takes place October
25 at the intimate Montgomery Theater in San Jose, CA, the Singularity
Institute for Artificial Intelligence announced today. Now in its third
year, the Singularity Summit gathers the smartest people around to explore
the biggest idea of our time: the Singularity.

Keynotes will include Ray Kurzweil, updating his predictions in *The
Singularity is Near*, and Intel CTO Justin Rattner, who will examine the
Singularity's plausibility. At the Intel Developer Forum on August 21, 2008,
he explained why he thinks the gap between humans and machines will close by
2050. "Rather than look back, we're going to look forward 40 years," said
Rattner. "It's in that future where many people think that machine
intelligence will surpass human intelligence."

"The acceleration of technological progress has been the central feature of
this century," said computer scientist Dr. Vernor Vinge in a seminal paper
in 1993. "We are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life
on Earth. The precise cause of this change is the imminent creation by
technology of entities with greater than human intelligence."

Singularity Summit 2008 will feature an impressive lineup:

   - *Dr. Ruzena Bajcsy*, pioneering AI and robotics researcher
   - *Dr. Eric Baum*, AI researcher, author of *What is Thought?*
   - *Marshall Brai*n, founder of HowStuffWorks.com, author of *Robotic
   - *Dr. Cynthia Breazeal*, robotics professor at MIT, creator of Kismet
   - *Dr. Peter Diamandis*, chair and CEO of X PRIZE Foundation
   - *Esther Dyson*, entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist
   - *Dr. Pete Este*p, chair and CSO of Innerspace Foundation
   - *Dr. Neil Gershenfeld*, director of MIT Center for Bits and Atoms,
   author of *Fab*
   - *Dr. Ben Goertzel*, CEO of Novamente, director of research at SIAI
   - *John Horgan*, science journalist, author of *The Undiscovered Mind*
   - *Ray Kurzweil*, CEO of Kurzweil Technologies, author of *The
   Singularity is Near*
   - *Dr. James Miller*, author of forthcoming book on Singularity economics
   - *Dr. Marvin Minsky*, one of AI's founding fathers, author of* The
   Emotion Machine*
   - *Dr. Dharmendra Modha*, cognitive computing lead at IBM Almaden
   Research Center
   - *Bob Pisani*, news correspondent for financial news network CNBC
   - *Justin Rattner*, VP and CTO of Intel
   - *Nova Spivack*, CEO of Radar Networks, creator of Twine semantic-web
   - *Peter Thiel*, president of Clarium, managing partner of Founders Fund
   - *Dr. Vernor Vinge*, author of original paper on the technological
   - *Eliezer Yudkowsky*, research fellow at SIAI, author of *Creating
   Friendly AI*
   - *Glenn Zorpette*, executive editor of IEEE Spectrum

Registration details are available at

*About the Singularity Summit*

Each year, the Singularity Summit attracts a unique audience to the Bay
Area, with visionaries from business, science, technology, philanthropy, the
arts, and more. Participants learn where humanity is headed, meet the people
leading the way, and leave inspired to create a better world. "The
Singularity Summit is the premier conference on the Singularity," Kurzweil
said. "As we get closer to the Singularity, each year's conference is better
than the last."

The Summit was founded in 2006 by long-term philanthropy executive Tyler
Emerson, inventor Ray Kurzweil, and investor Peter Thiel. Its purpose is to
bring together and build a visionary community to further dialogue and
action on complex, long-term issues that may transform the world. Its host
organization is the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, a
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization studying the benefits and risks of advanced
artificial intelligence systems.

Singularity Summit 2008 partners include Clarium Capital, Cartmell Holdings,
Twine, Powerset, United Therapeutics, KurzweilAI.net, IEEE Spectrum, DFJ, X
PRIZE Foundation, Long Now Foundation, Foresight Nanotech Institute,
Novamente, SciVestor, Robotics Trends, and MINE.


Singularity Summit
Tyler Emerson, 650-353-6063

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.5 : Wed Jul 17 2013 - 04:01:03 MDT