Has anyone considered extending an invitation to Raymond Smullyan, as, say, a guest of honor to the summit (if not having done so already). Living in New York State, he recently published an amusing and short literary book (at age 89). There aren't many students of A. Church (recall that Turing was one of them) still with us. With Aubrey de Grey on the roster covering issues of longevity and more, an appearance by Ray Smullyan, provided he is willing and able, may raise the level of your conference not only intellectually, but also in terms of humor, humanity and perspective. I've heard he also does magic tricks. Thoughts?

Or how about Ray Solomonoff? He doesn't live that far away (Boston I believe) and still gives talks from time to time.

Singularity Summit 2009 (quick post)

by Eliezer Yudkowsky 1 min read16th Aug 200937 comments

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Someone else may do a more formal announcement later, but since early registration expires on August 20th, I'm doing a quick heads-up to Less Wrong readers:

The Singularity Summit 2009 is in New York on Oct 3-4.

There are discounts for students, blog mentions, referrals, and registration before August 20th.

Speakers of note to rationalists will include Robin Hanson, Gary Drescher (author of Good and Real, one of the few master-level works of reductionism out there), and David Chalmers.  Also speaking will be Marcus Hutter and Juergen Schmidhuber, as well as some of the usual suspects:  Aubrey de Grey, Peter Thiel, Ben Goertzel, and Ray Kurzweil.

They're really trying to raise the intellectual level this year.

Singularity Summit 2009 home page, program, and registration.