Dear Colin,

I hope the Singularity Conference was a singular success and by now the
material is - sort of - sorted. Is there a URL where I can get the main
points to? (you may know that I push 90 -am semi paraplegic and a heart
patient, no chance to travel.
IMO singularity (as I learned in the early 40s) is something that does not
connect to anything, e.g. we cannot get info about it.
A Black Hole started as one, bu then (first) got relaxed in
surface-accessibility etc. and philosophers made a mess of singularities.
It cannot have a size, because that would mean borders and measures.
You see, I am perplexed and would like to read what the smarties said.

Best regards

John Mikes (a fan of your mini-solipsism).

On Sun, Aug 7, 2011 at 7:27 PM, Colin Geoffrey Hales <
> wrote:

> **
> 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 breakthroughs.
> 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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