Singularity Summit 2010 in Melbourne Victoria to explore emerging technological trends
Speakers include AI Architect Hugo deGaris, Futurist Peter Ellyard
Melbourne Victoria 2010 — Will it be one day become possible to boost human intelligence using brain implants, or create an artificial intelligence smarter than Einstein? In a 1993 paper presented to NASA, science fiction author and mathematician Vernor Vinge called such a hypothetical event a “Singularity”, saying “From the human point of view this change will be a throwing away of all the previous rules, perhaps in the blink of an eye”. Vinge pointed out that intelligence enhancement could lead to “closing the loop” between intelligence and technology, creating a positive feedback effect.
This September 7th, 10-12th, hundreds of AI researchers, robotics experts, philosophers, entrepreneurs, scientists, and interested laypeople will converge in Melbourne to address the Singularity and related issues at the only conference on the topic in Australia, the Singularity Summit. Experts in fields including artificial intelligence, bio-ethics, tissue regeneration, medical ethics, computational neurobiology, cryonics, futurism, and more will share their latest research, brightest ideas, and explore their implications for the future of humanity.
“This is the first Singularity Summit outside the US, and will be a great event,” said Adam Ford, coordinator of the Singularity Institute Australia, which is hosting the event.
Russell Blackford, editor of “50 Voices of Disbelief” who is a contributor to IEET, will explore the ethical and practical implications of key emerging technological trends. Futurist Peter Ellyard will discuss opportunities that innovation and technology can provide and his book ‘Designing 2050′.
Interested readers can watch videos from past summits and register at http://summit.singinst.org.au