[sl4] Ray Kurzweil and David Chalmers to Headline Singularity Summit 2009 in New York

From: Thomas McCabe (pphysics141@gmail.com)
Date: Fri Jul 17 2009 - 15:10:32 MDT

The Singularity Institute will be holding the fourth annual
Singularity Summit in New York in October, featuring talks by Ray
Kurzweil, David Chalmers, and Peter Thiel.

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 17, 2009 -- The fourth annual Singularity
Summit, a conference devoted to the better understanding of increasing
intelligence and accelerating change, will be held in New York on
October 3-4 in Kaufmann Hall at the historic 92nd St Y. The Summit
brings together a visionary community to further dialogue and action
on complex, long-term issues that are transforming the world.

Participants will hear talks from cutting-edge researchers and network
with strategic business leaders. The world's most eminent experts on
forecasting, venture capital, emerging technologies, consciousness and
life extension will present their unique perspectives on the future
and how to get there. "The Singularity Summit is the premier
conference on the Singularity," says Ray Kurzweil, inventor of the CCD
flatbed scanner and author of The Singularity is Near. "As we get
closer to the Singularity, each year's conference is better than the

The Singularity Summit has previously been held in the San Francisco
Bay Area, where it has been featured in numerous publications
including the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle. It is hosted
by the Singularity Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit devoted to
studying the benefits and risks of advanced technologies.

Select Speakers

    * Ray Kurzweil is the author of The Singularity is Near (2005) and
co-founder of Singularity University, which is backed by Google and
NASA. At the Singularity Summit, he will present his theories on
accelerating technological change and the future of humanity.

    * Dr. David Chalmers, director of the Centre for Consciousness at
Australian National University and one of the world's foremost
philosophers, will discuss mind uploading -- the possibility of
transferring human consciousness onto a computer network.

    * Dr. Ed Boyden is a joint professor of Biological Engineering and
of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. Discover Magazine named him
one of the 20 best brains under 40.

    * Peter Thiel is the president of Clarium, seed investor in
Facebook, managing partner of Founders Fund, and co-founder of PayPal.

    * Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biogerontologist and Director of
Research at the SENS Foundation, which seeks to extend the human
lifespan. He will present on the ethics of this proposition.

    * Dr. Philip Tetlock is Professor of Organizational Behavior at
the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and
author of Expert Political Judgement: How Good Is It?

    * Dr. Jürgen Schmidhuber is co-director of the Dalle Molle
Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Lugano, Switzerland. He will
discuss the mathematical essence of beauty and creativity.

    * Dr. Gary Marcus is director of the NYU Infant Language Learning
Center, and professor of psychology at New York University and author
of the book Kludge.

 - Tom

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