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Reserve now for Summit with Drexler, Kurzweil, Hofstadter, Thiel, Jurvetson, etc. & moi

Reservations are now open for the Singularity Summit at Stanford, and based on the booking numbers I’ve just heard, we should expect the event to fill early. If you want to attend, it would be wise to reserve your seat right now.

Eric Drexler will speak on productive nanosystems, Ray Kurzweil on how fast change is likely to occur, Douglas Hofstadter on the likelihood of AI, Peter Thiel and Steve Jurvetson will moderate a panel TBA, and the list goes on: Nick Bostrom, Sebastian Thrun, Cory Doctorow, Max More, John Smart, Bill McKibben, and Eliezer Yudkowsky.

I will do my best to fit in with this stellar group. My abstract: “With both advanced nanotechnology and machine intelligence on the horizon, we face a future of mind-boggling change in both our physical world and the world of the mind. But we need not abandon efforts to steer this future toward one which will work for both humans and the biosphere. We can identify now some ground conditions needed for success and some reasons to hope that success is not implausible.”

This should be one of the most stimulating meetings ever, ranking right up there with the Foresight Vision Weekends. Advance kudos to Tyler Emerson who’s putting it together. Hope to see you there! —Christine

2 Responses to “Reserve now for Summit with Drexler, Kurzweil, Hofstadter, Thiel, Jurvetson, etc. & moi”

  1. met Says:

    2006 Nanomaterials for Defense Symposium May 1-6 in Norforlk Va.

  2. Brian Pearson Says:

    It seems to me nanotech research is too narrow in scope. I would like to see more concerted efforts to practical goals. For example, the current push is to find alternatives to gasoline powered vehicles. Of course, I’ve seen a little research in that area in bits and pieces, but not in terms of the entire vehicle. The weight and durability of the entire car and its parts need to be taken into consideration — not just a part of a fuel cell or material to contain hydrogen.

    When organizations get together, that is the kind of thing I would like to see discussed. While faster computers are a desirable thing to have, I believe a shift in the way we look at things is necessary. If, for example, you consider our dependence on oil as a national security issue, then it seems to me it’s imperative we find solutions.

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