Day Two Speaker: Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil is an inventor and futurist, perhaps best known now for his books and lectures regarding accelerating change and the Technological Singularity. He joined the Singularity Summit 2007 via satellite. Because his work was referenced often in other speakers’ talks, he addressed some of their comments and conclusions, including a defense of double exponential growth in information technologies, rapid advances in algorithms (and therefore software), and a convergence of different technologies.

Kurzweil kept his comments short and then opened up the rest of his time to questions from the audience.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a fiction writer and poet, with his first published poem forthcoming later in 2017 from Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (, on Goodreads (richardleis), his (@richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).