Pre-Summit and related activities include:

Artificial Intelligence @ Market of the Mind

Location: City Square, 86 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Time: Friday, August 10 2012, 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
The cerebral, scientific and social collide tonight!

Join us at Market of the Mind for some adult science. Boggle your brain, alter your perceptions and spot the pseudo-science.

Live music, speed-meet a scientist, charlatans, magicians, circus performers – Market of the Mind had it all!

This is a City Science event brought to you by National Science Week. THIS EVENT HAS ENDED.

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Randall Koene: “System Identification in Neural Circuitry”

Location: Clayton Seminar Room – Monash University Clayton
Time: Wednesday 15 August 2-3pm
Cost: Free
Every aspect of modern science relies upon creating representations of things. And when we do, we pick the signals that interest us and the behavior that interests us. From that, we determine how to interpret the way input is converted into output in a system. Our description of that process is our understanding of the system.

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Imaginary FoundationLocation: St Paul’s Cathedral cnr Flinders/Swanston St Melbourne
Time: 6.00pm Thursday 16th August
Cost: Free
“The vision of a transhuman future affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities. The transhuman future also projects a cosmic horizon of post-human beings with godlike capacities where super intelligence saturates the whole universe. All this naturally provokes different responses: some eager to pursue, some cautious, some dismissive.

This encompassing narrative has many parallels (and differences) with a Christian narrative of the cosmos. This cathedral conversation aims at mutual understanding and critical engagement between the transhuman future, the sociology of technology and a Christian perspective.”

A discussion on Transhumanism/Posthumanism.  Entry is free with the request for a gold coin donation to cover costs. Each speaker will have approx 10 minutes to speak, and then five minutes to reply to each other and then open for Q/A.
The atmosphere is intended to be ‘appreciative’ while clearly indicating differences.

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Mark Pesce & Randal Koene – Discussion and Q&A

When: Friday 17th Aug 2012 at 6.30 (Day before the Singularity Summit)
Location: Embiggen Books – Embiggen Books 197-203 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne
Cost: Free, but must RSVP with Embiggen Books to 03 9662 2062 or drop in to the store to book
TWO GREAT SPEAKERS: Mark Pesce and Randal Koene

Mark Pesce

Mark Pesce: The Next Billion Seconds

“Just as language freed us to operate with unprecedented efficacy, the wireless-and-everywhere network brings us new powers, both as individuals and as a race. We are unprepared for this transition, even though everything in human history has led us directly to this moment… We are becoming more: not better, nor worse, but larger-than-life-as-we-have-known-it.” Taken from Mark Pesce’s new book that we’ll be LAUNCHING on this night, The Next Billion Seconds. Please note, there’ll only be 25 copies available of this limited edition set at the launch.

Mark Pesce is an inventor, writer, entrepreneur, educator and broadcaster. In 1994 Pesce co-invented VRML, a 3D interface to the World Wide Web. For seven years, Pesce was a panelist and judge on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s hit series The New Inventors.

Randal Koene

Dr Randal Koene: Mind Uploading—Substrate-Independent Minds (SIM)

SIM is a field of research which seeks to understand the brain and nervous system of a wide range of organisms, including humans, in order to facilitate emulation of these organisms in an artificial substrate, for example a computer processor. SIM sits at the confluence of many subjects, and cross-disciplinary research is a necessity. However, it can be difficult to manage and organise ideas from many different fields of expertise. SIM offers tantalizing possibilities, but they need to be understood and pursued in a structured fashion.
Randal A. Koene is a Dutch neuroscientist and neuroengineer, and co-founder of, the outreach and roadmapping organization for Advancing Substrate-Independent Minds (ASIM). He is currently directing the Analysis team at the nanotechnology company Halcyon Molecular.

As with all our other events these talks will be held instore at 203 Little Lonsdale St.

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