Abstract – Advances in Science and Technology – James Newton-Thomas

On August 19, 2011, in Abstract, Presenter, Summit, by Adam A. Ford

This introductory talk to the Singularity Summit 2011 differs from other talks to be given in that it does not attempt to look forward but rather looks backward in time  over the interval to identify and track  the progress in technologies, and plots the metrics that are presumably relevant to any future Singularity.  The Singularity […]

Abstract – (Bayesian/Algorithmic) Information theory, one- and two-part compression, and measures of intelligence – David Dowe

On August 19, 2011, in Abstract, Presenter, Summit, by Adam A. Ford

Greg Chaitin wrote in 1982: “… develop formal definitions of intelligence and measures of its various components [using algorithmic information theory, a.k.a. Kolmogorov complexity]”.   We make a case for the relationship between information theory and intelligence.  More specifically, we begin by introducing the Bayesian information-theoretic notion of Minimum Message Length (MML) machine learning, and then […]

Abstract – The Singularity, A Philosophical Analysis – David Chalmers

On August 18, 2011, in Abstract, Presenter, Summit, by Adam A. Ford

I.J. Good’s “intelligence explosion” is the rapid transition from greater-than-human artificial intelligence to superintelligence. I will give a philosophical analysis of the argument for an intelligence explosion.   Paper can be found here: http://consc.net/papers/singularity.pdf

Abstract – The Emerging Global Mind, Cooperation, and Compassion – Steve Omohundro

On August 17, 2011, in Abstract, Presenter, Summit, by Adam A. Ford

The internet is starting to create a kind of “global mind”. Wikipedia radically changes how people discover and learn new information and they shape Wikipedia. In the blogosphere, ideas propagate rapidly and faulty thinking is rapidly challenged. More intelligent social networks will lead to a more coherent global mind. Corporations, ecosystems, economies, political systems, social […]

Abstract – Steve Omohundro – Minds Making Minds: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity

On July 22, 2011, in Abstract, Presenter, Summit, by Adam A. Ford

Minds Making Minds: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity Steve Omohundro, Ph.D. President, Omai Systems   We are at a remarkable moment in human history. Many believe that we are on the verge of major advances in artificial intelligence, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and robotics. Together, these technologies have the potential to solve many of humanity’s […]

Transcendent Man

On July 16, 2011, in meetup, news, Presenter, Summit, by Adam A. Ford

Screening details: Transcendent Man will screen at Melbourne’s historic Cinema Nova in Carlton on August 19th, 2011,  at 7:00 pm. The screening will feature a special videoed address to Australia by Ray Kurzweil and Barry Ptolemy and post-screening Q&A with film contributors Ben Goertzel & Hugo de Garis. This is an event not to be missed! Tickets […]

Abstract – “The Problem with Probability” – Burkard Polster

On June 17, 2011, in Abstract, Presenter, Summit, by Adam A. Ford

Is there a problem? Well, the Crown Casino is raking in zillions of dollars, politicians are conning the populace with meaningless statistics, religious leaders are conflating coincidences into proof of higher beings, and on and on. So, yes, there is a problem. We are all constantly finding ourselves in situations that involve randomness and uncertainty. […]

Kevin B. Korb

On April 25, 2011, in Bio, Presenter, Summit, by Adam A. Ford

Kevin’s research is in artificial intelligence and the philosophy of  science  and the interrelation between the two, and especially the  automation of  scientific induction, or causal discovery. He is also  co-founder of Psyche: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on  Consciousness. Recent presentations:   <a href=”http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/%7Ekorb/lmps.pdf”><em>The Philosophy of Computer Simulation</em></a>, an invited talk at the <a href=”http://www.clmps2007.org/”> […]

Alan Hájek

On April 25, 2011, in Bio, Presenter, Summit, by Adam A. Ford

Alan Hájek studied statistics and mathematics at the University of Melbourne (B.Sc. (Hons). 1982), where he won the Dwight Prize in Statistics. He took an M.A. in philosophy at the University of Western Ontario (1986) and a Ph.D. in philosophy at Princeton University (1993), winning the Porter Ogden Jacobus fellowship. He has taught at the […]

David Chalmers

On April 20, 2011, in Bio, Presenter, Summit, by Adam A. Ford

David Chalmers is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University. He has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Adelaide, and a Ph.D. in philosophy and cognitive science from Indiana University. He is the author of The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory […]