AUGUST 20-21 


This August, leading scientists, inventors and philosophers will gather in 
Melbourne to discuss the upcoming ‘intelligence explosion’ that many now refer 
to as ‘The Singularity’- a technological breakthrough that promises to eclipse 
previous computing developments with the creation of super-human machines.

If present trends are to continue, computers will have more advanced and 
powerful ‘brains’ than humans within 25 years; the result will be a further 
explosion of computer power and other technologies such as biotechnology, 
nanotechnology and health technology beyond our current ability to predict.

The ‘Singularity Summit’ - a part of National Science Week - is an 
unprecedented opportunity to engage with today's leading experts on emerging 
technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, nanotechnology and 
brain-computer interfaces - right here in Melbourne.

As a pre-summit launch, the Australian premiere of documentary ‘Transcendent 
Man’ -  featuring leading futurist, singularity advocate and recent Time 
Magazine cover star ‘Ray Kurzweil’ - will be held at Nova Cinemas, Carlton on 
August 19.

The screening will also feature a prerecorded address to Australia from Ray 
Kurzweil and producer Barry Ptolemy, and a Q&A session with documentary 
participants and Internationally renowned Artificial Intelligence (AI) experts 
- Dr Ben Goertzel, Dr Steve Omohundro and Dr Hugo De Garis.

The highly successful 2010 Singularity Summit drew over a hundred local, 
interstate and international enthusiasts to hear first-rate speakers from a 
range of fields.

The 2011 Summit again offers a stellar line-up, including leading Artificial 
Intelligence experts Dr Ben Goertzel and Professor Steve Omohundro, popular 
scientist Dr Lawrence Krauss and renowned philosopher of consciousness Dr David 
Chalmers.  This year’s summit will also feature demonstrations of recent 
robotics advances by Professor Raymond Jarvis and others. 

The summit will explore the important ethical and philosophical dimensions of 
the Singularity - whilst sharing the very latest scientific and technological 

There is simply no better way to glimpse the future of these exciting 
technologies. Besides talks and demonstrations, panels will offer the 
opportunity to interact with the speakers and to contribute to the conversation 
about these important issues.

Seating is limited, so Secure your tickets for the 2011 Summit Here >>

The conference will be held at Casey Plaza at RMIT.


Speakers and subjects include:
David Chalmers Leading Philosopher of Consciousness “The Singularity – A 
Philosophical Analysis”

        Lawrence Krauss - Leading physicist and best-selling author of "The 
Physics of Star Trek" - “The Future of Life in the Universe”

        Ben Goertzel - Renowned AI researcher and leader of the OpenCog project 
– “AI Roadmaps”

        Steve Omohundro - Renowned AI researcher - “Minds Making Minds: 
Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity”

        Ray Jarvis – “The Envy of Roboticists - the Future of AI in the 
Material World”

        Alan Hájek – “A Plea for the Improbable”

        Ian Robinson – “Rationality & Transhumanism”

        Kevin B. Korb – “Bayesian Artificial Intelligence”

        Ben Goertzel Leading AI researcher – “Artificial General Intelligence”

        James Newton-Thomas Machine Intelligence Engineer – “Advances in 
Science and Technology”

        Burkard Polster – "The Problem With Probability"

        David Dowe - Artificial Intelligence - “Bayesian/Algorithmic) 
Information theory, one- and two-part compression, and measures of intelligence”

        and many more...

This conference is brought to you by Humanity+ @ Melbourne (Victoria, 
Australia). Humanity+ explores how society might use and profit from a variety 
of creative and innovative thought.

Join in an exciting weekend as we explore the surprising future. See you there!

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