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.

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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 (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), his Micro.blog (@richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).