The Singularity Summit is Near!

Singularity SummitAfter spending 10 weeks of intense, near-exponential personal growth at Singularity University I was beginning to wonder if there is any way to sustain this trend?

I mean, how can I manage to keep up with the bleeding edge in advanced technology if I am living in Toronto, Canada – far away from Silicon Valley and most other cradles of high-technology?

Since I am unlikely to move my home anytime soon, I concluded that I need to continue taking a regular dosage of SU-type of anything-is-possible techno-optimism and keep meeting inspiring singularitarians that I can learn from.

But this is a very rare opportunity some may say. How often do you get to see the most incredible scientists, entrepreneurs and technologists under one roof talking about “big picture” questions such as: the direction of the global economy, philosophy of mind, and the ethics of technological development?

Not often indeed. But, fear not my friends. Because:

The 2011 Singularity Summit is Near!

According to Ray Kurzweil “The Singularity Summit is the premier conference on the Singularity. As we get closer to the Singularity, each year’s conference is better than the last.”

I myself have been a big fan since the very first videos of past Singularity Summits that I saw. It is about time that I go and attend this rare event in person.

The 2011 conference will be focused on IBM’s Watson: The Smartest Machine on Earth and, in addition to the inevitable Ray Kurzweil, will also feature Dr. Stephen Wolfram.

All in all, the press release reads that “Twenty-five speakers will present including two professors of robotics, financial experts, a co-founder of Skype, a pioneer in regenerative medicine, scientists from the MIT Media Lab, a longevity expert, economist Tyler Cowen, cosmologist Max Tegmark, neuroscientist Christof Koch, and venture capitalist Peter Thiel.”

If you still need more convincing just check out the Singularity Summit program and speakers.

The other amazing thing besides the speakers is that if you register before September 30th you can still take advantage of the early bird discount.

The truth is, however, that even at full price given the high profile of the speakers the event is still a great value.

So, if (like me) you are looking for ways to glimpse into the future – then join me for the 2011 Singularity Summit in New York City on October 15 and 16.

Hope to see you all there and do not hesitate to come and say “Hi.”

I love meeting Singularity Weblog readers!

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