Foresight 2010 – The Synergy of Molecular Manufacturing and AGI

I, Brian Wang, will be speaking at Foresight 2010 – The Synergy of Molecular Manufacturing and AGI on Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 8:45 AM

The schedule for the conference is here

The conference is at 625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA‎ – (650) 328-2800. Sheraton Palo Alto, California (in the San Francisco Bay Area a few miles south of San Francisco international airport).

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Abstract of my talk: Maximizing and Speeding Net Positive Impact of Emerging Technology: Ideas, Proposals and Projections for 2015, 2020 and 2030 (slight name change from what is on the program)

The challenge is to go beyond regular improvement and positively deflect global trends. What is the current state and trends of technology and the world economy ? What is the Business As Usual that we would want to surpass ? What are the examples of plans for deflecting current positive trends to higher values ? Where did historic GDP gains occur and where might increased future gains be realized ? What technology and innovation can have enough impact to move the needle ? Where would new technology and processes be applied to maximize change ? Based on what is known now what are the technologies that will be impacting 2015, 2020 and 2030 ? Where will things stand with artificial intelligence and nanotechnology ? What are the areas where we can maximize and accelerate what can be done with whatever level of AI and nanotech that we have in 2015, 2020 and 2030 ? If things develop more slowly what should we still do ? Which components of the technology portfolios could outperform and compensate for lagging segments ? AI and nanotech encompass portfolios of technology and can be impacted by underlying and related technologies. The array of future technological capabilities and ingredients will be very large and there are many ways to combine and mix them to achieve desired results.

Saturday, January 16, 2010
8:15 AM Registration and coffee
8:45 J Storrs Hall, Foresight Institute
“Introduction and Welcome: 20 years of Foresight”
09:00 Larry Millstein, Millen, White, Zelano & Branigan, PC
“Sequencing Single DNA Molecules”
09:45 Hod Lipson, Cornell University
“Adaptive and Self-Reflective Systems”
10:30 Break
10:45 Feynman Prize Presentation, Foresight Institute
to Oscar Custance, Masayuki Abe, Yoshiaki Sugimoto, and Robert Freitas Jr
11:00 Oscar Custance, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
“Experimental Demonstrations of Mechanosynthesis”
11:45 Ralph Merkle, IMM, Nanofactory Collaboration
“Freitas’ Mechanosynthetic Toolset”
12:30 Lunch
2:00 J Storrs Hall, Foresight Institute
“Roadmaps to Nanotech and AGI”
2:45 Kartik Gada, Reliance GP
“Uplifting One Billion People in Ten Years”
3:30 Break
4:00 Paul Saffo, Stanford University
“Profiles of the Future”
4:45 Brad Templeton, Foresight, EFF
“Revolutionizing Transportation with AI”
7:30 – 9:30 Senior Associate Reception
Free for Senior Associates and one guest. Register early — maximum of 40 attendees!
Cost for non-Senior Associates and additional guests is $50 per person. (Guests may choose to have their fees applied toward Senior Associate dues.)
The reception will feature the first in-person debate between Robin Hanson and blogger Mencius Moldbug about futarchy, a subject on which fur has flown over the blogosphere.

Sunday, January 17, 2010
8:15 AM Registration and Coffee
8:45 Brian Wang, Next Big Future .com
“Timing Emergence and Convergence of High Impact Technologies”
09:30 Michael Anissimov, Singularity Institute for AI
“Don’t Fear the Singularity, but Be Careful: Friendly AI Design”
10:15 Break
10:45 Robin Hanson, George Mason University
“Economics of Nanotech and AI”
11:30 David Friedman, Santa Clara University
“Economics of Nanotech and AI”
12:15 Lunch
2:00 Monica Anderson, Syntience
“A New Direction in AI Research”
2:45 Salim Ismail, Singularity University
“Preparing Humanity for Accelerating Technological Change”