Marcus Hutter – Can Intelligence Explode?

On August 23, 2012, in Abstract, News, Presenters, Summit, Video, by Adam Ford

Title: Can Intelligence Explode? Abstract: The technological singularity refers to a hypothetical scenario in which technological advances virtually explode. The most popular scenario is the creation of super-intelligent algorithms that recursively create ever higher intelligences. After a short introduction to this intriguing potential future, I will elaborate on what it could mean for intelligence to […]

Universal Artificial Intelligence

On August 23, 2012, in Abstract, News, Summit, Video, by Adam Ford

Abstract: The approaches to Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the last century may be labelled as (a) trying to understand and copy (human) nature, (b) being based on heuristic considerations, (c) being formal but from the outset (provably) limited, (d) being (mere) frameworks that leave crucial aspects unspecified. This decade has spawned the first theory of […]

Craig Pearce

On August 16, 2012, in Presenters, Summit, by Adam Ford

Craig Wilfred Pearce is a IT Security Architect in Melbourne. Craig gave a talk at the First Singularity Summit in Australia: IT security is often referred to as an arms-race between the builders and breakers. Some feel that the breakers currently have the upper hand and that the gap will continue to grow. What will […]

Singularity Summit Australia – The Profound Future of Technology

On August 14, 2012, in News, Summit, by Adam Ford

“THE PROFOUND FUTURE OF TECHNOLOGY”; SINGULARITY SUMMIT AUSTRALIA 2012 AUGUST 18-19 Kaleide Theatre, RMIT UNIVERSITY What will tomorrow look like? Conventional wisdom often says that change is slow.   Though a quick glance at the headlines about developments in science and technology is enough to challenge our intuitions.  While evolution has shaped us to expect […]

Panel: Intelligence, Substrates, Computation and the Future

On August 14, 2012, in News, Panel, Summit, Video, by Adam Ford

Randal Koene, Marcus Hutter and Colin Hales will discuss the future of intelligence on different substrates, whether particular substrates won’t be amenable to computing intelligence. Is intelligence computable?  What aspects of intelligence are difficult to compute? How does the human brain compute intelligence? Are all aspects of intelligence (and consciousness) computable on any arbitrary substrates? […]

Panel: Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality – Possibilities for Navigating Mixed Reality in the Next Billion Seconds

On August 14, 2012, in News, Panel, Summit, Video, by Adam Ford

Virtual reality (VR) is a term that applies to computer-simulated environments that can simulate physical presence in places in the real world, as well as in imaginary worlds. Most current virtual reality environments are primarily visual experiences, displayed either on a computer screen or through special stereoscopic displays, but some simulations include additional sensory information, […]


On August 14, 2012, in News, Presenters, Summit, by Adam Ford

Stelarc (born Stelios Arcadiou, but legally changed his name in 1972) is a Cypriot-Australian performance artist whose works focuses heavily on extending the capabilities of the human body. As such, most of his pieces are centred around his concept that the human body is obsolete. Until 2007 he held the position of Principal Research Fellow […]

Vernor Vinge’s ‘First Word’ on the Singularity

On August 14, 2012, in News, by Adam Ford

An article in the January 1983 edition of OMNI Magazine titled ‘First Word’ by Vernor Vinge introduced the idea that the ever-accelerating evolution of computer intelligence itself might soon produce ‘a kind of singularity’. This was Vernor’s first in-print fling at the Singularity. For context, Vinge’s novella ‘True Names’ (which addresses the concept of a […]

Panel: Alan Turing – Visionary and Genuis

On August 11, 2012, in News, Panel, Summit, by Adam Ford

Of special significance this year is the centenary of Alan Turing’s birth. This panel will have focus on Alan Turing and his unique impact on the history of computing, computer science, artificial intelligence, developmental biology, and the mathematical theory of computability. Panelists include Marcus Hutter, David Dowe, and James Harland. Craig Pearce will give an […]

James Bourne – The machinery of the visual brain: plasticity and regeneration

On August 3, 2012, in Abstract, Presenters, Summit, Video, by Adam Ford

Video of Lecture at Singularity Summit AU 2012: The unseen side of the visual brain! The visual system helps us look at the potential for brain regeneration and repair. How the visual brain works unconsciously. Is there potential for the brain to repair itself? Endogenous neural stem/ precursor cells lead the way. James Bourne completed […]

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