FUTURE OF TECHNOLOGY’
SINGULARITY SUMMIT 2011
What will tomorrow look like?
Few could predict just how fast and dramatic the social,
economic and political impacts of computer technology have been in
If present trends are to continue,
computers will have more advanced and powerful ‘brains’ than
humans within 25 years.
August, leading scientists, inventors and philosophers will gather in
to discuss the upcoming ‘intelligence explosion’ that many now
refer to as ‘The Singularity’- a technological breakthrough that
promises to eclipse previous computing developments with the creation
of super-human machines.
- a part of National
- is an unprecedented opportunity to engage with today's leading
experts on emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI),
robotics, nanotechnology and brain-computer interfaces - right here
a pre-summit launch, the Australian
of documentary ‘Transcendent Man’ - featuring leading futurist,
singularity advocate and recent Time Magazine cover star ‘Ray
Kurzweil’ - will be held at Nova Cinemas, Carlton on August
19. (Seperate ticketed event)
screening will also feature a prerecorded address
Australia from Ray Kurzweil and producer Barry Ptolemy, and a Q&A
session with documentary participants and Internationally renowned
Artificial Intelligence (AI) experts - Dr Ben Goertzel and Dr Hugo De
Garis - both of whom will also be presenting at the summit.
The 2010 Singularity Summit drew
over a hundred local, interstate and international enthusiasts to
hear first-rate speakers from a range of fields.
2011, we have again assembled a stellar line-up - Including leading
Artificial Intelligence experts Dr Ben
and Professor Steve
popular scientist Dr Lawrence
and renowned philosopher Dr David
This years summit will also feature exciting robotic demonstrations
by Professor Raymond
The summit will explore the
important ethical and philosophical dimensions of the Singularity -
whilst sharing the very latest scientific and technological
There’s simply no better way to
glimpse the future of these exciting technologies.
conference will be held at Casey Plaza at RMIT.
and subjects include:
Leading Philosopher of Consciousness “The
Singularity – A Philosophical Analysis”
- Leading physicist and best-selling author of "The
Physics of Star Trek"
Future of Life in the Universe”
- Renowned AI researcher and leader of the OpenCog project – “AI
- Renowned AI researcher - “Minds
Making Minds: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity”
Envy of Roboticists - the Future of AI in the Material World”
Plea for the Improbable”
– “Rationality & Transhumanism”
Leading AI researcher – “Artificial
Machine Intelligence Engineer – “Advances
in Science and Technology”
Problem With Probability"
- Artificial Intelligence - “AI
and Solomonoff Induction”
conference is brought to you by Humanity+ @ Melbourne (Victoria,
Australia). Humanity+ explores how society might use and profit from
a variety of creative and innovative thought.
Join in an
exciting weekend as we explore the surprising future. See you there!
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is hypothesised that Machines will out think humans before mid
Hugo de Garis says in History Channel's
"It is only a question of time now before humanity can build
artificial brains that are far more intelligent than human beings. So
this is a huge issue that will eclipse any other human issue this
century...I call this 'Species dominance'."
this sounds like science fiction, lately ‘The Singularity’ been
taken this very seriously. This year it has made the
has been sprouting like mushrooms in news reports (i.e.
AI ‘Watson’ winning at quiz show Jeopardy), and has been the
topic of feature and TV documentaries (i.e. 'Transcendent
You have people such as Larry
Page (CEO of Google), Steve Wozniak (Co-founder of Apple) and Justin
Rattner (CTO of Intel) taking an interest in this stuff, prominent
public figures willing to associate their names with the Singularity,
the idea is moving away from the fringes, and if it is not mainstream
yet, then it is definitely a lot closer.
you go back 500 years, not much happened in a century. Now a lot
happens in 6 months." says Ray Kurzweil in documentary
"Technology feeds on itself and it gets faster and faster, it's
going to continue, and in about 40 years it is going to become so
fast, the pace of change is going to be so astonishingly quick that
you won't be able to follow it, unless, you enhance your own
intelligence by merging with the intelligent technology we have
conference will challenge and enhance your view of the future.
The Singularity Summit Australia represents a great opportunity - Singularity-related ideas, being once a vague and strange to most, are growing into an increasingly powerful force of possibilities in the minds of anyone who is technologically literate. For those who are already familiar with the accelerating pace of technological change, the Summit will help broaden peoples awareness of the widening vista of possibilities resulting from technological developments (for instance in biotechnology, nanotechnology and AI).
Speakers include: Lawrence Krauss, Ben Goertzel, David Chalmers, Alan Hayek, Kevin Korb, Wilson da Silva and many more.
We cordially invite you to join our extraordinary group of visionaries in business, science, technology, design, and the arts, as our community explores this exciting topic This event offers a world of powerful ideas, a unique networking opportunity, and access to an exclusive directory of your peers.
Are you bored? Stop moping around all depressed about the future that didn’t happen, stop hiding under your bed from the dystopian future that could happen, its time to put down the remote, get up from your couch and participate in creating a more beneficial future. Lets Get Rational! Forget your tarot cards, the types of futures you trade on the stock exchange, come on down and witness amazing presenters speak about incredible things! Ponder how things once thought to be ‘impossible’ became plausible! Put on your thinking caps and help steer our path towards a preferred future (whilst helping decide what that really means). See you round like a tesseract.