We have a stellar lineup this year! Including Marcus Hutter, Randal Koene, Mark Pesce, Stelarc, James Bourne, Colin Hales, David Dowe, Meredith Doig, James NT and a list of confirmed presenters.

(The list will grow as we make further confirmations_

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)!

Randal A. Koene, Ph.D, Halcyon Molecular, Director of Analysis
Los Altos Hills / Redwood City, CA
Co-founder of Carboncopies.org
Co-founder / Director, Neural Engineering Coroporation, MA


Colin Hales is at the NeuroEngineering Laboratory at Melbourne University community. Colin is an engineer/scientist (PhD awarded!)/post-doc with the sole intent of developing a novel brain-tissue replication chip technology for application in artificial general intelligence/robots and human implants. Later, he hopes to get the robots and derivative products into commercial production. The chip technology facilitates natural learning of the kind biology uses to adapt to novelty.

Meredith Doig, PHD, is President of the Rationalist Society of Australia. Background in blue chip corporate business; board director of companies in commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors; consultant in governance and management. Known as an effective moderator and speaker. She is Director at University of Ballarat Council, President of the Rationalist Society of Australia, Facilitator at Australian Institute of Company Directors, Strategic Advisor at Finsbury Green, Founding Chairman at Australian Friends of AUW, Director at Asian University for Women Support Foundation, Senior Moderator at The Cranlana Programme, and Principal at Midlothian Consulting.


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 NHMRC RD Wright (CDA II). In the same year he also received an NHMRC Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research. Dr Bourne now has his own group in the newly established Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute focussing on the development and repair of the mammalian visual cortex; looking at this from the cell through to the system.

David Dowe presented the relationship between (algorithmic) information theory and the inductive inference part of intelligence, before similar but independent work by Jose Hernandez-Orallo also in the 1990s. Building on his Dowe & Wallace (1998), Comley & Dowe (2003, 2005) are the first two papers on MML Bayesian nets which can deal with both discrete (multi-valued) and continuous-valued attributes.

James Newton-Thomas is Director at Second Tree Pty Ltd and Director at Gestalt Australia Pty Ltd. He is an independent consultant on field robotics and has team managed and deployed several mining and military systems. His company was fully acquired by Caterpillar in 2005. He was a speaker at the Singularity Summit Australia 2010.
James was an early developer of AI systems in Australia developing loan officer systems used in the major banks in Australia in the 80s using neural networks and adaptive expert systems. This work was extended through the 90s into high energy laser development including phased array lasers and adaptive vision systems.

Andrew Dun, philosophy graduate student at the University of Melbourne. He writes and produces electronic music under several aliases. Alongside music production he retains an ongoing interest in the philosophy of mind and has a particular interest in the social and cultural impacts of emerging technologies.

Stelarc is a performance artist who has visually probed and acoustically amplified his body. He has made three films of the inside of his body. Between 1976-1988 he completed 25 body suspension performances with hooks into the skin. He has used medical instruments, prosthetics, robotics, Virtual Reality systems, the Internet and biotechnology to explore alternate, intimate and involuntary interfaces with the body.

Adam Ford, MIT, is the organiser of this summit, and previous conferences in Australia focusing on the future of science and technology. He works in IT and is on the board of Humanity+.

Please contact us if you have any inquiries!

Looking forward to seeing you at the Singularity Summit Australia on 18th-19th of Aug 2012!


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