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Artificial Intelligence & The Singularity - conference schedule announced

Posted: Wed, September 17, 2014 | By: USA

The schedule and speaker topics have been announced for the Artificial Intelligence & The Singularity conference, on September 20. The event takes place at Piedmont Veteran’s Hall on 401 Highland Avenue in Piedmont, in San Francisco’s East Bay. Doors open at 9am.

Tickets are available at EventBrite. Cost is $20 - $35.

Additional information HERE.


9:45-9:50 Hank Pellissier Introductions

9:50-10:20 Monica Anderson “Doing AI wrong, we can always pull the plug”

10:20-11:00 Peter Voss “An Overview: AGI and The Singularity”

11:00-11:10 Break

11:10-11:30 Nicole Sallak Anderson “How can we influence AGI morality?”

11:30-12:00 Gary Marcus “What can people who want to build AI learn from a cognitive science?”

12:00-12:20 Zoltan Istvan “How AGI morality will differ from ours”

12:20-12:50 Panel moderated by Peter Voss / Scott Jackisch RISKS, Part 1

12:50-1:35 LUNCH

1:35-1:50 Anya Petrova “AI Spectrum”

1:50-2:10 Fred Stitt “Consciousness and the brain”

2:10-2:40 Jamais Cascio “The Ideology of the Off Switch (fuzzy boundary between person & object)”

2:40-3:10 Pavel Luksha “AGI as a natural stepping stone in human evolution”

3:10-3:20 Break

3:20-4:00 Josh Bacigalupi “Designing Self-designing Machines”

4:00-5:00 Panel moderated by Peter Voss / Scott Jackisch “How? How Soon? How Smart? How Risky?”


The event is co-produced by Peter Voss of AGI Innovation Inc, Anya Petrova (FuturismX), and Hank Pellissier of Brighter Brains Institute.

Lead Sponsor: AGI Innovations Inc (agi3) was founded in August 2013 with the long-term goal of developing and commercializing the next generation of intelligence engines based on artificial general intelligence (AGI) theory.

We have embarked on a multi-year effort to develop a next-generation AGI engine to power a wide variety of intelligent applications. While our work has a strong focus on natural language understanding and learning (with everything this entails), we are also implementing spatial/temporal sense and actuator mechanisms that will allow our intelligence engines not only to be utilized in various personal assistant applications but, potentially, also in robotics.

Our work is highly multidisciplinary, utilizing insights from computer science, traditional artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, ontology, neural networks, cognitive science, philosophy, psychology, mathematics, software engineering, and others. Philosophically and technically, our approach recognizes the importance of dealing with the complexities and limitations of real-world cognition:

* Dealing with information that is highly complex yet incomplete, fuzzy and uncertain, potentially contradictory, and very dynamic

* Having limited knowledge and resources for learning and decision making

* The importance of common-sense knowledge and context * The crucial role of ongoing learning via multiple modalities

* The need to do all of this interactively, in real time.

Secondary Sponsor: The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology. is a nonprofit think tank which promotes ideas about how technological progress can increase freedom, happiness, and human flourishing in democratic societies. Located in Hartford, Connecticut, the IEET aims to shape public policies that distribute the benefits and reduce the risks of technological advancement. IEET is sponsoring one of it’s Fellows - Jamais Cascio - in this conference. Hank Pellissier is also an Affiliate Scholar at IEET, and Zoltan Istvan is a Contributing Writer.

Secondary Sponsor: HumanityPlus.

Transhumanist Research & Media Center: Humanity+ is dedicated to developing knowledge about the science, technology, and social changes of the 21st century. We aim to deeply influence a new generation of thinkers who dare to envision humanity’s next steps.

“Exploring transhumanist vision through dynamic research projects” (Natasha Vita-More)


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