Andrew Dun

On August 2, 2012, in Abstract, Presenters, Video, by Adam Ford

Video of Andrew Dun’s presentation “Zombie Rights”: A discussion of the rights of sentient entities. Drawing inspiration from quantum complementarity, defends a complementary notion of ontological dualism, countering zombie hypotheses. Sans zombie concerns, ethical discussions should therefore focus on assessing consciousness purely in terms of the physical-functional properties of any putatively conscious entity. Slides for […]

Panel: Technoshock! The Promise and the Peril in a World Radically Changing through Technology

On August 1, 2012, in News, Panel, Summit, Video, by Adam Ford

This panel will be the closing panel at the Singularity Summit Australia. Chair: Peter Spinks Panelists: Marcus Hutter, Randal Koene, Meredith Doig Video of Panel: What excites you about the future? What frightens you? How might the future change the way we live? And how might we change the way we live in the future? […]

The Conversation: Augmentation technologies are here but are people listening?

On July 24, 2012, in News, by Adam Ford

I recently was made aware of an article that popped up on The Conversation: Augmentation technologies are here but are people listening?  Very interesting article, short and to the point, worth a read. “There’s an implicit judgement at play: being the traditional purview of philosophy and genre fiction, the sociological and ontological ramifications of these […]

Singularity Summit as part of National Science Week

On July 19, 2012, in News, by Adam Ford

National Science Week encourages creativity and innovation when planning an event for the Week’s festivities. Singularity Summit Australia on Science Week Website The Singularity Summit Australia seeks to fulfill the National Science Week objectives to: Promote and encourage interest in the areas of science, engineering, technology and/or innovation; and Communicate the relevance of this area […]

Vic Ciesielski

On July 2, 2012, in Presenters, Summit, by Adam Ford

Vic Ciesielski Associate Professor of Artificial Intelligence Group Leader, Evolutionary Computation and Machine Learning Intelligent Systems Discipline School of Computer Science and Information Technology RMIT University Program Leader – Bachelor of Design (Multimedia Systems) Ref: http://goanna.cs.rmit.edu.au/~vc/ [Evolutionary Art]

James Bourne

On July 1, 2012, in Abstract, News, Presenters, Summit, Video, by Adam Ford

Video of Lecture at Singularity Summit AU 2012: James Bourne completed his undergraduate degree at Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, London and his PhD in Neuropharmacology at King’s College, London, before moving to Australia to undertake a Postdoctoral position. In 2003 he was awarded an ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship, then in 2007 an […]

Meredith Doig

On March 8, 2012, in Abstract, News, Presenters, Video, by Adam Ford

Meredith at Singularity Summit Australia 2012 Abstract: Technology in Society: Global Scenarios from the past, looking to the future “Every age indulges in predicting the future – but few go back to check if those predictions come true. This talk looks back to global scenarios developed at the end of the last century and asks […]

Randal A. Koene

On March 8, 2012, in Abstract, News, Presenters, Summit, by Adam Ford

“Humans evolved through natural selection to be well-adapted to a specific environment and specific challenges. The challenges are changing and will change more drastically as time goes on. To meet those challenges, we need to be more adaptable, while preserving that which we ultimately care the most about – what we call “being”, which is […]

Colin Geoffrey Hales

On January 17, 2012, in Abstract, News, Presenters, Summit, Video, by Adam Ford

Twenty Years of the Science of Consciousness: Lessons from a nascent science Abstract The mainstream empirical science of consciousness is now two decades old. What has been learned? What are its prospects for the next two decades? We now have a small, stable terminology and an embryonic education system. Twenty years has also delivered what […]

Marcus Hutter

On January 1, 2012, in News, Presenters, Summit, by Adam Ford

We have the privilege of having Marcus Hutter, Professor in the Research School of Computer Science (RSCS) at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra and senior researcher in the National Information and Communication Technology of Australia (NICTA)!   Universal Artificial Intelligence. Sequential decision theory formally solves the  problem of rational agents in uncertain worlds […]

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