Speaker: Jamais Cascio

Jamais Cascio is a writer and speaker, cofounded WorldChanging.com, and has served as a futurist for several organizations. He introduced the concept of the Metaverse, as it might relate to the Technological Singularity. The Metaverse includes ideas like virtual worlds, mirror worlds, augmented reality, and lifelogging. Each one offers glimpes of how the Singularity might emerge, as well as a testing ground for technologies that may lead to the Singularity.

Cascio also explored the dangers of intelligent agents in the Metaverse. Because software is a human creation, it will no doubt be buggy and coded depending on the choices, biases, and desires of human programmers. Cascio suggested a possible solution: an open access Singularity, one where openness, transparency, and democracy ensure the global inclusion of interests.

Richard Leis

Richard Leis

Richard Leis (he/him/his) lives in Tucson, Arizona where he writes poetry and fiction, attends and teaches writing workshops at the Writers Studio Tucson, and works for HiRISE, a team in the Lunar & Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona with a camera in orbit around Mars onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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