Alcor Conference – Introduction

[Alcor Conference - Table of Contents] When people die, some of them are buried in a plot in a graveyard. Others choose cremation their remains kept in an urn (perhaps after some of their remains are sprinkled in favorite locations around the Earth.) For even fewer, they might donate their body for research, with anything … Continue reading Alcor Conference – Introduction

Frontier Channel at 7th Alcor Conference

[Alcor Conference - Table of Contents] Frontier Channel will be liveblogging this weekend from Scottsdale, AZ, USA for the 7th Alcor Conference. The three day event will bring together experts in cryobiology, life extension research, and nanotechnology to present the latest information about cryonics technology, politics, ethics, and law. Check out Frontier Channel throughout the … Continue reading Frontier Channel at 7th Alcor Conference

SENS3 and the Anchor Pub and Crap Documentaries

[Guest Post] I waddled into the Anchor Pub and there was Aubrey with a beer. He asked what I was drinking and I said "One of those" and pointed at his beer and soon had one because he brought me one and I was very tired and very merry and surrounded by excellent comrades. I … Continue reading SENS3 and the Anchor Pub and Crap Documentaries

SENS3 – still processing

[Guest Post] I've been back from SENS3 for five days, and my brain remains scrambled. In reporting it I can only ramble - as evidenced by last Friday's H+ Club weekly meetup in Tucson, where I exploited the SENS3 online meeting program to linearize my desultory observations before a nicely crowded Tubac Room. As my … Continue reading SENS3 – still processing

WIRED NextFest Wrap-up

Image Caption: WIRED NextFest Banner at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Fourth Annual WIRED NextFest in Los Angeles, California, USA this past weekend offered a glimpse of our technological future with a variety of themed pavilions exploring the future of exploration, entertainment, security, education, design, robotics, green technologies, communication, play, health, and transportation. WIRED … Continue reading WIRED NextFest Wrap-up

Google Lunar X PRIZE Announced

Image caption: X PRIZE Moon exhibit and logo at WIRED NextFest A robotic scavenger hunt to the moon is the next big space competition. The X PRIZE Foundation announced at Wired NextFest, along with representatives from Google, NASA, and one of the Apollo 11 astronauts, the Google Lunar X PRIZE. The largest incentive competition in … Continue reading Google Lunar X PRIZE Announced

WIRED NextFest – Introduction

The fourth annual WIRED NextFest event begins today in Los Angeles, California. Running through Sunday, the event will feature technology exhibits and demonstrations. In addition, the X Prize Foundation will announce their new space prize. Thursday is Education Day, with 4th through 12th graders and their teachers filling the LA Convention Center for an early … Continue reading WIRED NextFest – Introduction

Speaker: Paul Saffo

Paul Saffo from Stanford University is a forecaster and essayist. He explored AGI at the Singularity Summit 2007 in the context of popularization. Even as the public begins to join the AGI discussion, pessimism is popular right now. News reporting and commentary are lurid and pessimistic. Saffo suggested that what we need are positive and … Continue reading Speaker: Paul Saffo

Speaker: Dr. Ben Goertzel

Dr. Ben Goertzel is SIAI Director of Research and chief science officer and acting CEO of Novamente. He believes that with the right funding and capital, AGI could be developed in nine years. Novamente is approaching AGI development by focusing on virtual agents in virtual worlds like Second Life. Goertzel defined AGI as "the ability … Continue reading Speaker: Dr. Ben Goertzel

Speaker: Neil Jacobstein

Neil Jacobstein, chairman and CEO of Teknowledge Corporation, spoke in the afternoon of day one of the Singularity Summit 2007. He presented information about where we stand today with AI and where we might be heading in the medium term. Specialized AI applications have existed for a number of years and often outperform humans. Jacobstein … Continue reading Speaker: Neil Jacobstein

Applauding Death

[Commentary] During the Singularity Summit 2007, one of the most unexpected moments came during a panel session on day one. Peter Voss and Dr. Stephen Omohundro sat down to answer questions from the audience after their own individual presentations. Voss had suggested during his talk that AGI could benefit health and longevity research. An audience … Continue reading Applauding Death

NanoBio 2007 Day Two Speaker: Dr. J. Storrs Hall

Dr. J. Storrs Hall is an independent scientist, inventor, and author. His most recent books are Nanofutures and Beyond AI: Creating the Conscience of the Machine. Hall talked about what nanofactories could make. Hall believes that just as computers are getting ever cheaper and smarter, nanotechnology will follow the same timeline and price improvement track. … Continue reading NanoBio 2007 Day Two Speaker: Dr. J. Storrs Hall

NanoBio 2007 Day Two Speaker: Tihamer Toth-Fejel

Tihamer Toth-Fejel is a senior research engineer at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, member of the advisory board for the Nanoethics Group, and a chair for the Society for Manufacturing Engineers Nanomanufacturing Technical Group. Toth-Fejel stated that "if you can’t measure it, you can't make it." Nanotech needs to follow these guidelines: AccuracyPrecisionReliability, repeatability, reproducibilityTraceabilityCalibrationToleranceQuality … Continue reading NanoBio 2007 Day Two Speaker: Tihamer Toth-Fejel

NanoBio 2007 Day Two Speaker: Ralph Merkle

Dr. Ralph Merkle is a nanotechnology expert, Alcor Director, Zyvex Principal Fellow, and Foresight Institute adviser. He talked about health, wealth, and atoms. If you shuffle around the same atoms found in coal, you could get a diamond. Arranging atoms allows for greater precision, diversity, and lower manufacturing costs. Suppose that you can build anything … Continue reading NanoBio 2007 Day Two Speaker: Ralph Merkle

NanoBio 2007 Day Two Speaker: James Von Ehr II

James Von Ehr II is the founder and chairman of Zyvex Corporation. He is recognized as a respected leader in the nanotech industry and has received many awards. Zyvex was created in 1997 to develop molecular technology and has now spun off into four different companies: Zyvex: Instruments, Performance Materials, Labs, and Asia. Zyvex is … Continue reading NanoBio 2007 Day Two Speaker: James Von Ehr II

NanoBio 2007 Day Two Speaker: Dr. Nadrian Seeman

Dr. Nadrian Seeman received a B.S. in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Biological Crystallography. He has published over 200 papers. He presented a talk entitled "It's more than the secret of life: Building with DNA". Seeman lamented that he is a working scientist, and therefore his work does not progress as fast as he would … Continue reading NanoBio 2007 Day Two Speaker: Dr. Nadrian Seeman

NanoBio 2007 Day Two Speaker: Chris Phoenix

Chris Phoenix is CRN’s Director of Research and has studied nanotechnology for more than 15 years. He has a BS in Symbolic Systems and an MS in Computer Science. The following is paraphrased from Phoenix's lecture "A History of Nanotechnology from 1959 to 2029". Some people like to trace the field of nanotechnology to 1959 … Continue reading NanoBio 2007 Day Two Speaker: Chris Phoenix

NanoBio 2007 Day One Speaker: Jason McCoy

Jason McCoy is the Vice President of Global Seawater, Inc., a for-profit firm. They are developing a globalized system for agriculture and aquaculture in order to provide immediate and long lasting planetary ecological balance. The lecture presented today was called "Greening the Deserts of Earth". The firm explores many biotechnology approaches to global concerns. They … Continue reading NanoBio 2007 Day One Speaker: Jason McCoy

NanoBio 2007 Day One Speaker: Dr. Behrooz Dehdashti

Dr. Behrooz Dehdashti has a Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Biology and is currently a senior research analyst at the University of Arizona. He is working on the development of the Syncardia Total Artificial Heart. Dehdashti said that advanced complex atherosclerotic coronary artery disease is a therapeutic challenge, poorly treated by angioplasty and bypass surgery. Many options … Continue reading NanoBio 2007 Day One Speaker: Dr. Behrooz Dehdashti

NanoBio 2007 Day One Speaker: Lisa Hopper

Lisa Hopper is CEO and Founder of World Care, a non-profit organization. She has a BS in Radiology Administration and Physics from George Washington University. In 1997, she put all of her retirement savings into World Care and devoted herself full time to developing the organization. In reference to her work in foreign countries Hopper … Continue reading NanoBio 2007 Day One Speaker: Lisa Hopper