Day Two Speaker: Steve Jurvetson

Steve Jurvetson is a Managing Director for the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson. He explored two possible paths to AGI, while emphasizing an evolutionary, bottom-up approach versus designing AGI directly, based on the experience of DFJ investigating and investing in nanotechnology.

Evolved systems could result in robust, resilient, and adaptive technologies, such as AGI. It will not be necessary to understand every thing that is going on in these systems. Combined with exponential progress, the resulting systems may outstrip our ability to model and develop a theory of how the system or its subsystems works.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet. His first published poem, "Roadside Freak Show," arrives on August 21, 2017 in 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), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).