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Videos of conference presentations

Visit the Youtube Channel 'TheRationalFuture' for videos for the following Singularity Summits: 2010, 2011, 2012 and others too!

Ben Goertzel AGI

Ben Goertzel

The Singularity Summit is an annual conference focused on the Singularity and related converging technologies such as robotics, nanotechnology, brain-computer interfaces, and artificial intelligence. For announcements about our 2011 conference, which will be held in Melbourne at RMIT (Casey Plaza), please register your interest here.

It is hypothesized that Machines will out think by Computers before the middle of this century. The Singualrity Summit in 2011 will be held during National Science Week on the 20th and 21st of August 2011.

Professor Hugo de Garis says in History Channel’s documentary Prophets of Doom “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’.”

The notion of the Singularity is being taken increasingly seriously of late. This year it has made the cover of Time Magazine, has been appeared in news reports such as the reports of IBM’s AI system ‘Watson’ winning at quiz show Jeopardy, and has been the topic of feature films and TV documentaries for example ‘Transcendent Man‘ which will have its Australian premiere at the Cinema Nova the night before the Summit. People such as Larry Page, CEO of Google, Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer and Justin Rattner, CTO of Intel, taking a serious interest. Prominent public figures are now willing to associate their names with the Singularity. The idea is edging its way to the mainstream.

“Transcendent Man” screening on the 19th of Aug

Transcendent ManIt will be showing at Nova Cinema the day before the Singularity Summit. “If you go back 500 years, not much happened in a century. Now a lot happens in 6 months.” says Ray Kurzweil in documentary Transcendent Man.  “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 created.”

 

“The topic is often dismissed as science fiction, and is not much discussed within the academic mainstream.  Still, I think there’s good reason to take seriously the possibility that a singularity will occur one of these days.  So it’s worth giving serious attention to the associated practical and philosophical questions.  In fact, it’s a place where philosophical issues (concerning consciousness, personal identity, and ethics, for example) take on great practical concern.” – David Chalmers

 

David Chalmers

David Chalmers

The presenters lineup will include renowned presenters including popular scientist and physicist Lawrence Krauss, philosopher David Chalmers, AI guru Ben Goertzel, philosopher Alan Hájek, AI theorist and ethicist Kevin B. Korb (IEEE), Marcus Hutter (likely by telepresence),  and AI engineer James Newton-Thomas.

 

Kevin B Korb

Kevin B Korb

 

 

The first Singularity Summit was held at Stanford in 2006 to further understanding and discussion about the Singularity concept and the future of human technological progress. It was founded as a venue for leading thinkers to explore the subject, whether scientist, enthusiast, or skeptic. The goal of the Summit is to improve people’s thinking about the future and increasing public awareness of radical technologies under development today and of the transformative implications of such technologies understood as part of a larger process.

James Newton-Thomas

James Newton-Thomas

Further this site will be updated with new information as the summit takes more shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lev Grossman explains the prospective exponential gains in capacity enabled by superintelligent machines in an article in Time: “Their rate of development would also continue to increase, because they would take over their own development from their slower-thinking human creators. Imagine a computer scientist that was itself a super-intelligent computer. It would work incredibly quickly. It could draw on huge amounts of data effortlessly. It wouldn’t even take breaks to play Farmville.”

James Randi

“Since automation and Artificial Intelligence are already upon us and are not now reversible, we must deal with both of those elements and consider how we might implement imperatives to protect us from becoming obsolete.” – James Randi (Skeptic, and Founder of JREF)

 

 

 

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