James Newton-Thomas

On March 25, 2011, in Bio, meetup, Presenter, Summit, by Adam A. Ford
James Newton-Thomas

James Newton-Thomas

James is Director at Second Tree Pty Ltd and Director at Gestalt Australia Pty Ltd. He is an independent consultant on field robotics and has team managed and  deployed several mining and military systems.  His company was fully  acquired by Caterpillar in 2005. He was a  <a href=”http://www.singinst.org.au/singularitysummit2010au/program/”> speaker</a> at the Singularity Summit Australia 2010.

James was an early  developer of  AI  systems in Australia developing loan officer systems used in the major  banks in Australia in the 80s using neural networks and adaptive expert  systems.  This work was extended through the 90s into high energy laser  development including phased array lasers and adaptive vision systems.

His later interests and area of work is in the engineering of machine  consciousness, specifically the phenomenology of consciousness, and the  development of quantum Turing architectures.

James earned his M.AppSci at RMIT University, Australia. He currently works in Melbourne and is working towards his Ph.D. Read his  LinkedIn profile.

He is an  independent consultant on field robotics and has team managed and  deployed several mining and military systems.  His company was fully  acquired by Caterpillar in 2005.  He was an early developer of AI  systems in Australia developing loan officer systems used in the major  banks in Australia in the 80s using neural networks and adaptive expert  systems.  This work was extended through the 90s into high energy laser  development including phased array lasers James Newton-Thomas Second Treeand adaptive vision systems.   His later interests and area of work is in the engineering of machine  consciousness, specifically the phenomenology of consciousness, and the  development of quantum Turing architectures.

He currently works in Melbourne and is (slowly) giving himself time to work towards his PhD.

Convergences

In 2010, James gave a presentation entitled “Convergences” .
Abstract: The Singularity is a clear and present danger. The problem with developing Strong AI is what goes into its seed, its initial conditions. It could prove very problematic if the Singularity sprouts from a Strong AI created by someone who’s ideology includes enslaving the world, or for some other completely selfish reasons.

James Newton-Thomas “Convergences” – Singularity Summit AU 2010 from Adam A. Fordon Vimeo.

from Adam A. Ford on Vimeo.

James was also on a panel:

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Panel – Longevity – Singularity Summit AU 2010 from Adam A. Ford on Vimeo.

Panel – Longevity – Singularity Summit AU 2010 from Adam A. Ford on Vimeo.

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