December 02, 2010
Humanity+ on the Radical Technological Changes That Will Redefine Humanity
Experts redefine the future @ Caltech on December 4-5, 2010 in Los Angeles. Leading Researchers, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs will join to discuss strategies for redefining our human future in an era of radical technological change.
The conference brings together select leading scientific researchers, engineers, philosophers, physicians, designers, other key stakeholders around a single topic of redefining the human future.
The Humanity+ conference will address a number of issues around the radical technological changes that will redefine humanity.
Over the past decade there has been an astounding increase in research and development in human enhancement, biotechnology, genetics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, personal manufacturing, and a host of other areas with dramatic transformative potential.
Our bodies have been the canvas for medical advances of genetic engineering and stem cell cloning and our brains have been the template for exploring cognition and neuroscience, and our minds have conceived more and more amazing machines, resulting in a pending technomorphosis.
Both positive and critical discussion has increased among public, private and academics sectors about where this technology will take us as a society and as individuals in the new Era of Radical Technological Change. The event will break open key issues that will redefine humanity.
Conference topics include: Re-Imagining Humans: Mind, Media and Methods, Radically Increasing the Human, Healthspan, Redefining Intelligence: Artificial Intelligence, Intelligence Enhancement and Substrate-Independent Minds, Business and Economy in the Era of Radical Technomorphosis and more.
Speakers include Robert Tercek, one of the “25 Executives to Watch” and former President of Digital Media at The Oprah Winfrey Network and David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics and TED guest speaker, premiering what he calls "Robot Einstein".
Other distinguished speakers include: Alex Backer, Gregory Benford, Ryan Bethencourt, Bryan Bishop, Stephen Coles, Patri Friedman, Suzanne Gildert, Ben Goertzel, J-Walt Christof Koch, Randal Koene, David Levy, Amy Li, Parijata Mackey, Max More, Tom Munnecke, Alex Peake, Michael Rose, Paul Rosenbloom, John Smart, Adrian Stoica, Michael Vassar, and Natasha Vita-More.
December 2, 2010 in America The Free, Conference Highlights, Events, On Innovation, On Robotics, On Science, On Technology, On the Future, Social Media, WBTW, Web 2.0 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack
November 21, 2010
The Singularity Executive Program
SU was established with the support of Google, ePlanet Ventures, Autodesk and a dozen Associate Founders. SU runs a graduate/post-graduate program every summer. They also run an incredible 4-day "Executive Program" (EP).
Their 4-day EP is designed for entrepreneurs, CEOs, venture capitalists, and government leaders from around the world. The program concentrates on six exponential growing technologies: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Medicine and Human-Machine Interfaces, Networks & Computing Systems, and Energy & Environmental Systems.
Attending the program gives you an understanding of how these accelerating technologies will transform your business and your industry by showing you what is in the lab today and where the technologies will be in 5 and 10 years.
A recent executive participant described the discussions, new connections and expert speakers as "a program that generates actionable insights for executives with a goal of business sustainability. The focus on the convergence of issues driving exponential change is light years ahead of traditional single trend analysis." Their next EP will run from December 9-12, 2010 - more info here.
November 08, 2010
Meet the 2010 PopTech Fellows
November 8, 2010 in America The Free, Europe, New England, On Africa, On Being Green, On China, On East Africa, On Education, On Health, On Innovation, On Science, On South Africa, On Technology, On the Future, On Women, Social Media, United Kingdom, WBTW, Web 2.0 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack
October 20, 2010
PopTech Kicks Off in Camden Maine (Listen Via Livestream)
This year's PopTech kicks off in Camden Maine, with more than 80 extraordinary speakers and performers participating this year.
PopTech explores the issues, trends and technologies that will shape the future of our businesses, economy, society and world.
Speakers include the likes of Annmarie Ahearn and Ladleah Dunn, Carol Bothwell, Niguel Waller, Tony Salvador, Oscar Schofield, Habib Dagher, Erika Wagner, Brandon Kessler, Phillipe Newlin, David de Rothschild, Graham Hill, Dan Ariely, Kevin Dunbar, Kim Cobb, Brian Hare, Kevin Starr, Ned Breslin, Ben Lyon, Sinan Aral, Reggie Watts, Ryan Smith, Mike Blum, Marcia McNutt, Brooke Betts Farrell, Carlo Ratti, Casey Dunn, and dozens of others.
The First U.S. Science Festival in DC This Week
New, the US Science Festival hopes to re-invigorate the interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science gatherings in the United States.
They'll be offering multi-faceted programs with high entertainment value and integrity of scientific content and engaging the greatest minds in science.
- They are also working on building a strong foundation of prestigious and impressive institutional partners resulting in increased communication between the scientific and educational communities. The event is in Washington DC from October 10-24, 2010. There will be 850 booths and 75 stage shows.
October 05, 2010
From Pyramids to Spacecraft
The Architecture and Vision exhibition "From Pyramids to Spacecraft" will be featured from October 15, 2010 - January 13, 2011 at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The Science Center's exhibits focus on helping visitors to understand science, technology, and their interdependence with the environment. Arturo Vittori and Andreas Vogler will open the exhibition Friday, October 15, 2010.
October 01, 2010
Acumen Fellows Program Applications OpenThe Acumen Fellows Program is now accepting applications for 2011 and 2012.
The Acumen Fellowship is a one year program that immerses Fellows in world-class leadership training, field work with social enterprises on the front lines, and a community of change makers and thought leaders.
For 2011, they received over 550 applications from over 65 different countries for 10 positions. While each Fellow comes from a diverse background and brings a unique skill set to the Fellowship, below are some key indicators of a successful Fellow:
* Proven track record of leadership and management responsibilities
* Experience working in emerging markets
* Unrelenting perseverance, personal integrity, and critical thinking skills
* Strong passion and commitment
* 3-7 years of work experience
* Graduate degree preferred
Below is a synopsis of some of the fellows and what they have done and where.
October 1, 2010 in America The Free, Europe, Israel, On Africa, On Australia, On Being Green, On Education, On Health, On Innovation, On Science, On Technology, On the Future, Science, Videos, WBTW | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack
September 19, 2010
Introducing the INK Conference in India
The INK Conference (which stands for Innovation and Knowledge) is coming to India later this year. The conference is being run by longtime TEDster Lakshmi Pratury, who co-hosted TEDIndia last year, which attracted a sold-out audience of 1,000 attendees from 46 different countries.
The event will be held at the Lavasa Retreat near Mumbai this coming December 10-12, 2010.
The theme is "Untold Stories," and confirmed speakers include scientific visualization pioneer Alexander Tsiaras, innovative science teacher Arvind Gupta, the world's youngest school headmaster Babar Ali, prolific author Deepak Chopra, and entertainment icon James Cameron.
Additionally, academic and author Jennifer Aaker of Stanford, Lego designer John-Henry Harris, technology mavens Joi Ito and Kevin Kelly, venture capitalist and philanthropist Kamran Elahian, visual communication expert Nancy Duarte, spoken-word artist Rives, surgeon Susan Lim and award-winning innovator Tom Wujec. INK is modeled on TED, and the talks will fit the familiar TED 18-minute format.
September 10, 2010
Sexy and Fun Zeno, The Most Life-Like Robot I've Ever Talked To
Below I'm talking to Zeno, a Hanson Robotics robot, the most human looking robot I've ever had the opportunity of interacting with, at least in this lifetime.
Zeno's skin is made from Frubber, which Hanson has a patent on - it's soft to the touch and feels like a cross between real skin and rubber. Made from a spongy, structured elastic polymer that expertly mimics the movement of real human musculature and skin using 1/20th the power of other materials, the robot can emulate over 62 facial and neck muscular architectures, has micro-cameras inside the eyes and has both facial and speech recognition built in.
Eye contact face-tracking, and conversational capabilities utilizing the latest AI software is incredibly advanced, so much so that if Zeno had legs and it wasn't so noisy in the room, you might be fooled into thinking you're having a real conversation with a human, albeit a very strange and mechanical one.
David Hanson is interested in human cognition - "if humans grow away from human, you get very strange results," says Hanson. "The same is true with robots." I also had a chance to chat with other AI researchers working on development at Hanson, including Matthew Stevenson and Kino Coursey.
Hanson robots include the world’s first expressive biped robot, Albert-Hubo, heralded by WIRED as “genius”, and the small Zeno robot, which is also previewed in this video. Sorry, but he's just not as much fun as the leg-less Zeno with the bandana. BTW, Zeno has accepted a date with me. My plan? A date with Zeno when he gets his legs, likely in Dallas, but we'll see what Zeno says when the time is here.
August 22, 2010
2010 Singularity Summit - A Meeting of the Minds
The 2010 Singularity Summit, held this past weekend in San Francisco, was, quite literally a meeting of the minds. Not just because the assembled group consisted of a fair number of the brainiest people on the planet, and not just because the general consensus was that a meshing of silicon hardware with our carbon wetware appears to be a future inevitability, but also because of the discussion about animal intelligence and how it is similar to yet different from our own.
Now that the event is a week in the past there have been a number of very interesting posts written on what happened there and what people think of it. I've taken the time to pull together a detailed listing of the event itself as well as the press the Summit received and I've organized it into the Pearltree below.
Some of the interesting content you'll find in the links below include:
- Steven Mann on H2Organ at Singularity Summit 2010
- Singularity Summit | Summit 2010 > A Sample of the Singularity Summit -Includes full videos to the 2009 Singularity Summit Talks
- Patrick Takahashi of Huffington Post on The Singularity Summit 2010 -
- ZDNet's CHris Jablonski on: Singularity Summit 2010: No place for human values in a 'posthuman' future?
- A collection of the links and tweets from the 2010 Singularity Summit: Accelerating Future » Singularity Summit 2010 Tweets and Links
- Additional Collected Press Coverage of the Summit: A Selection of Singularity Summit 2010 Coverage
- Mathilde Berchon covers the more physical aspects: Singularity Summit 2010- Human Health and Body Improvements Innovation Round-Up
- Summit Volunteer, Kevin Fischer provides his thoughts on the event before the fact.
- A comprehensive list of abstracts, bios and deep links on presenters.