[sl4] Foresight 2010- Announcement

From: Thomas McCabe (pphysics141@gmail.com)
Date: Tue Jan 05 2010 - 17:58:56 MST

The Foresight Institute, an organization close to the Singularity
Institute, is holding their 2010 conference
(http://www.foresight.org/conf2010/) at the Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel
this January 16-17. Here is the blurb from the website of the

" Join us in for an exciting conference focused on the Synergy of
Molecular Manufacturing and general Artificial Intelligence and
celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of Foresight. Register
online here. The two day conference rate is $175 with discounts for
early registration!

    Several rapidly-developing technologies have the potential to
undergo an exponential takeoff in the next few decades, causing as
much of an impact on economy and society as the computer and
networking did in the past few. Chief among these are molecular
manufacturing and artificial general intelligence (AGI). Key in the
takeoff phenomenon will be the establishment of strong positive
feedback loops within and between the technologies. Positive feedback
loops leading to exponential growth are nothing new to economic
systems. At issue is the value of the exponent: since the Industrial
Revolution, economies have expanded at rates of up to 7% per year;
however, computing capability has been expanding at rates up to 70%
per year, in accordance with Moore’s Law. If manufacturing and
intellectual work shifted into this mode, the impact on the economy
and society would be profound. The purpose of this symposium is to
examine the mechanisms by which this might happen, and its likely

 - Tom McCabe
Department of Mathematics
Yale University

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