The Symbolic Systems Program at Stanford University is hosting a rare gathering of thinkers to explore the rising impact of science and technology on society: the Singularity Summit. (http://sss.stanford.edu/) The summit has been organized to further the understanding of a controversial idea, the singularity scenario, defined as an "event horizon" in the predictability of human technological development past which present models of the future cease to give reliable or accurate answers, following the creation of strong artificial intelligence or the enhancement of human intelligence. Over the course of one day, the event will focus on the nature and ramifications of the singularity, and the debates which form the foundation for further research.
Ray Kurzweil (Keynote)
Douglas R. Hofstadter
K. Eric Drexler
Christine L. Peterson
Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Admission is free, but seating is limited to around 1800.
Official Website: http://sss.stanford.edu/
Added by michaelroyames on April 10, 2006