The SINGULARITY: Humanity's Huge Techno Challenge

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Monday 14th March, 2011

11:00am to 12:00pm (CST)

Will supercomputing intelligences outsmart human-level intelligence? Ray Kurzweil's "The Age of Spiritual Machines" is the world's most known advocacy of a technology breakthrough that will change the face of humanity and the entire world. Kurzweil claims that the accelerating, exponential growth of technology will result in such a Singularity. But not all technological luminaries agree with Kurzweil. In fact, some suggest nanotechnology as superseding artificial intelligence. Others argue for humanity's future as being located in biosynthetics and virtuality. Outside the technological sphere, a new culture of DIY citizen scientists could either speed up or halt the Singularity. With a finger on the pulse, ethicists and policy-makers are arguing for a new strategy for assessing our possible futures. This panel dissects the very core of the Singularity, if and when it will occur, and what we can expect to happen.

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Doug Lenat
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Michael Vassar

I'm the president of the Singularity Institute, the decision theory think-tank that puts on the annual Singularity Summit. bio from Twitter

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Natasha Vita-More

http://www.natasha.cc bio from Twitter

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  • Phil Whitehouse
  • Chuck Fletcher
  • Jesse Burkunk
  • Michael Vassar
  • Natasha Vita-More
  • raanan bar-cohen
  • Tom Whitwell

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  • Daniel Joseph Byrd
  • Dan Dzombak
  • Drew Brune
  • Hanni Ross
  • Julian Pscheid
  • Larry Archer
  • Matthew Levine
  • scldn
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Time 11:00am12:00pm CST

Date Mon 14th March 2011

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