There's still time left to register for the Singularity Summit in New York. But hurry because there are only a few weeks left!
Register now so you can meet Eliezer, AnnaSalamon, Lukeprog, and more! I'm particularly excited about several invited speakers, such as neuroscientist Christof Koch (who I've blogged about here) and author Sharon Bertsch McGrayne who recently published The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes' Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of Controversy.
Register now and use the $100 off Less Wrong discount code: LW2011. Hope to see you next month in New York!
|Ray Kurzweil||Eliezer Yudkowsky||Anna Salamon||Luke Muehlhauser|
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About the Singularity Summit:
New York, NY (Sept 23) - Over 700 scientists, engineers, businesspeople, and technologists for this year’s Singularity Summit - the world's leading conference on emerging technologies. The event will be held October 15 & 16 at 92Y in New York.
The Summit will explore "big picture" questions such as the direction of the global economy, philosophy of mind, and the ethics of technological development. Twenty-five speakers will present including two professors of robotics, financial experts, a co-founder of Skype, a pioneer in regenerative medicine, scientists from the MIT Media Lab, a longevity expert, economist Tyler Cowen, cosmologist Max Tegmark, neuroscientist Christof Koch, and venture capitalist Peter Thiel.
The recent victory of IBM's Watson supercomputer on the game show Jeopardy! will be the central theme of discussion, with a keynote by Jeopardy contestant and 74-time winner Ken Jennings.
Jennings surprised audiences around the world in 2004 when he won 74 continuous Jeopardy! matches, winning over $2,500,000 on a six-month streak. In February, Jennings went up against Watson in on a special exhibition match of Jeopardy!, and lost. In his keynote at Singularity Summit, Jennings will recount his experience on Jeopardy! and what it felt like to lose to a machine on the game show he otherwise dominated.
Ray Kurzweil, futurist and inventor, will be speak on the implications of the Watson victory. Dan Cerutti, who manages the commercialization of Watson at IBM, will speak on applying Watson to fields besides Jeopardy!, such as medicine. Stephen Wolfram, a pioneer in artificial intelligence, will speak on computation and the future of humanity.