In Conjunction With Spring 2002 Senior Associates Gathering Exploring the Edges
Palo Alto, California
April 26-28, 2002
All Interested Senior Associates Invited
Friday NiteOwl Session, April 26, 10-11:00pm
Solving Complex ProblemsMediterranean Ballroom
Moderator: Dean Tribble Description: Join Eric Drexler, Richard Nesbit, and myself in applying a new problem-solving technique to a critical problem in nanotechnology. We will generate a "Current Reality Tree" to explore why the public environment outside Foresight is hostile to discussing or preparing for the potential impacts of nanotechnology.
Nanomedicine: Aggressive ApproachesBacchus Room
Moderator: Chris Phoenix Description: Chris Phoenix (one of only three who reviewed all ten chapters of Robert Freitas's Nanomedicine) will survey proposed nanomedical devices, discuss nanotech life extension, and unveil a new and advanced device that he and Freitas co-described. Unthinkable now, commonplace "soon"... techno-medicine is often controversial; prepare for future shock!
Exploring the Technological Singularity: Universal Trends in Accelerating ChangePortofino Room
Moderator: John Smart Description: Friday's NightOwl SIG, run by John Smart of Accelerating.org, asks why universal and local events both appear to be continually accelerating. Whither Moore's law? Will nanosystems, as described in Drexler's 1992 book, continue this trend? We'll also consider evolutionary vs. developmental contributors to change, exploring the paradigm of "evolutionary development." How might this apply in the tech and nanotech sectors? http://www.SingularityWatch.com/sing_con_foresightSIG01.html
Saturday Evening, April 27, 6:00-6:30pm
Brave New Unwired World: Getting From Here To Kurzweil's FutureMediterranean Ballroom
Moderator: Alex Lightman Description: This SIG will cover the predictable milestones in the future of wireless, Internet, broadband, wearable computing and augmented reality that will take us from the present up to the Kurzweil visions of always connected, augmented life. SIG leader Alex Lightman, drawing up his new book, Brave New Unwired World, guarantees a lively and interesting discussion that will give participants new frameworks and concepts for understanding the steps that lead to a very different Internet that will create a very different world. The Brave New Unwired World SIG will indicate the importance of open source, nanotechnology, and, especially, the vital necessity of informed discussion of technology policy in making the next generation wireless broadband and wearable computing happen.
Reaching for a Swifter and Safer SingularityPortofino Room
Moderator: Eliezer Yudkowsky Description: The Saturday Evening SIG, moderated by Eliezer Yudkowsky of the Singularity Institute, asks what we can do today to bring about a swifter and safer Singularity not just in terms of general technological progress, but projects that directly impact the Singularity. This critical moment in human history means that small efforts may have the potential to accomplish tremendous good; let's not waste the opportunity. http://singinst.org/sig2002.html Followed by: Saturday Dinner, 6:30 pm, El Torito (Mexican) or Chef Chu's (Chinese), a short walk from hotel. John and Eliezer will each be gathering dinner groups.
Saturday Dinner 6:00-8:00 pm
Strategies for a Real-Money Idea Futures Market
Moderator: Ken Kittlitz (administrator, the Foresight Exchange) Description: This SIG focuses on strategies for creating a real-money Idea Futures market that would carry forward the goals of the Foresight Institute's market, ideally with broader participation and higher investment limits. Tom W. Bell (who has analyzed the legality of IF markets) will be among the participants.
Saturday NiteOwl, 10-11:00 pm
Capability Security SIGMediterranean Ballroom I, II
Moderator: Mark S. Miller Description: Nanotechnology and other powerful coming technologies make it essential that our computers get a lot better at doing what we want them to do, and not doing what we don't want them to do. Capability security as an approach to solving some important computer security challenges has often been examined by Foresight. Here we will review the basics and give a demo of a capability-secure desktop. For background, see http://www.erights.org and http://www.combex.com.
Nanotech Advances: Abrupt Asymmetric Advantage? Bacchus Room
Moderator: Chris Phoenix and Chris Hibbert Description: Currently there's no clear winner in the nanotech race. Will this apparent balance persist, or will nanotech (or its spin-offs) give one side an unbeatable advantage at some point? There are strong arguments on both sides. Chris Phoenix and Chris Hibbert will debate, with much audience participation.