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The Singularity Summit is an annual conference on science, technology, and the future co-produced by MIRI and Singularity University. Topics explored include artificial intelligence, brain-computer interfaces, the Singularity, robotics, regenerative medicine, and big picture issues on the trajectory of human civilization. Each year, about 25 eminent speakers share their latest views over the course of two days.
The conference was founded by MIRI, Ray Kurzweil, and Peter Thiel in 2006. The inaugural conference was held in 2006 at Stanford University. Until 2008 the conference was held in the San Francisco Bay Area, at which point it began alternating between New York (where the conference was held in 2009 and 2011) and the Bay Area. The event regularly attracts over 800 scientists, entrepreneurs, academics, and other thinkers. In 2010, it was covered in a front-page article in TIME magazine.
Past speakers at Singularity Summit include inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, philosophers David Chalmers and Nick Bostrom, nanotechnology pioneer Eric Drexler, author and scientist Douglas Hofstadter, Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel, Sebastian Thrun of Google’s driverless car, roboticist Rodney Brooks, AI researcher Peter Norvig, Intel CTO Justin Rattner, X Prize Foundation CEO Peter Diamandis, Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha creator Stephen Wolfram, economist Robin Hanson, physicist Max Tegmark, and author Michael Shermer.
- Tyler Emerson and Peter Thiel: Welcome and introduction [mp3]
- Christine L. Peterson, James Hughes, Eliezer Yudkowsky: A dialogue with Ray Kurzweil. [mp3] [transcript]
- J. Storrs Hall: Asimov’s laws of robotics — revised [mp3] [transcript]
- Steve Jurvetson: Dichotomy of designed and evolutionary paths to AI futures [mp3] [transcript]
- Peter Thiel: Financial markets and the Singularity [mp3] [transcript]
- Barney Pell, Wendell Wallach, Sam Adams: First panel discussion [mp3]
- Peter Voss: Increased intelligence, improved life [mp3] [transcript]
- Eliezer Yudkowsky: Introducing the “Singularity”: Three Major Schools of Thought [mp3] [transcript]
- Paul Saffo: Machines of Loving Grace: Anticipating Advanced AI [mp3] [transcript]
- Jamais Cascio: Metaverse Singularity [mp3] [transcript]
- Ben Goertzel: Nine Years to a Positive Singularity – If We Really, Really Try [mp3] [transcript]
- Barney Pell: Pathways to Advanced General Intelligence: Architecture, Development, and Funding [mp3]
- Christine L. Peterson: Preparing for bizarreness: open source physical security. [mp3] [transcript]
- Stephen M. Omohundro, Peter Voss: Second panel discussion [mp3]
- Charles L. Harper, Jr: Superintelligence, the “Dilemma of Power,” and the transformation of desire [mp3] [transcript]
- Wendell Wallach: The Road to Singularity: Comedic Complexity, Technological Thresholds, and Bioethical Broad Jumps [mp3] [transcript]
- Eliezer Yudkowsky: The Challenge of Friendly AI [mp3] [transcript]
- Peter Norvig: The history and future of technological change [mp3] [transcript]
- Stephen M. Omohundro: The Nature of Self-Improving Artificial Intelligence [transcript]
- Rodney Brooks: The Singularity: A Period Not An Event [mp3] [transcript]
- Neil Jacobstein, Ben Goertzel, Paul Saffo: Third panel discussion [mp3]
- J. Storrs Hall, Peter Thiel, Charles L. Harper, Jr: Third panel discussion. [mp3]
- James Hughes: Waiting for the Great Leap…Forward? [mp3] [transcript]
- Neil Jacobstein: Innovative Applications of Early Stage AI [transcript]
- Sam Adams: Superstition and Forgetfulness – Two Essentials for Artificial General Intelligence [transcript]