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The Singularity Summit [defunct link] at Stanford is being held on Saturday, May, 13, 2006 from 9 am To 5 pm at the Stanford Memorial Auditorium (the address is 551 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305.) The event is hosted by the Symbolic Systems Program at Stanford University. The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP [defunct link] is required due to limited seating. I will attend and write about the event for both Cybernudism and Frontier Channel.
Several speakers will discuss the Technological Singularity theory. Will this hypothesized event really occur and when? How will humanity react? What trends will lead to the event? On hand are Ray Kurzweil, K. Eric Drexler, Nick Bostrom and many other prominent Singularity thinkers from the scientific and academic communities.
Is this the public unveiling of the Technological Singularity theory? There have already been several bestselling books, widely read essays, conferences and increasing mainstream coverage of the theory, along with expected backlash. However, the Singularity Summit at Stanford may suggest a turning point in the discussion by bringing the idea to an even wider audience.