The Annual Conference of the World Future Society July 19-21, 2013 • Chicago Hilton Hotel • Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A

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WorldFuture 2013: Exploring the Next Horizon

The Annual Conference of the World Future Society
July 19-21, 2013 • Chicago Hilton Hotel • Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

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We stand on the verge of a golden age of artificial intelligence (AI). Robots are making their way from the battlefield into our factories, schools, and nursing homes, and onto our roads. Artificial intelligence influences buying and selling on stock exchanges, the routing and delivery of goods to store shelves, and much more.

What will continued advancement in artificial intelligence look like in twenty years? How will bigger, stronger, smarter AI change our lives and how can we make sure the changes are more positive than negative?

At WorldFuture 2013 the brightest minds in AI will reveal the perils and possibility of our coming robotic age.

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Faster Than You Think: Progress Toward Artificial General Intelligence

This session will survey the current state of research on Artificial General Intelligence including computer-science-based and brain-based approaches. AI luminary Ben Goertzel will outline plausible pathways from the current state of the art to Singularity-enabling advanced AGI.

About the speaker:

Ben Goertzel (@bengoertzel) is chief scientist of financial prediction firm Aidyia Holdings; chairman of AI software company Novamente LLC and bioinformatics company Biomind LLC; chairman of the Artificial General Intelligence Society and the OpenCog Foundation; vice chairman of futurist nonprofit Humanity+; scientific advisor of biopharma firm Genescient Corp.; advisor to the Singularity University and Singularity Institute of Hong Kong.

How to Build a Conscious Machine

Military and commercial activities two decades ago have led to a new form of totally self-organizing and conscious artificial intelligence (CAI). Herein, Stephen Thaler, the creator of conscious artificial intelligence, reveals the nature and history of this watershed AI development, thereafter considering both the benefits and risks it presents.

About the speaker:

Stephen Thaler is president and founder of Imagination Engines, a company that has harnessed its self-aware, creative artificial intelligence to conceptualize myriad products, services, and strategies over the last two decades. Dr. Thaler’s CAI has been utilized by major defense companies such as Booz-Allen-Hamilton, Raytheon, Boeing, General Dynamics, General Electric, and Pratt & Whitney, all in the context of world-changing events.

Ethics in the Age of Intelligent Machines

Is agreement on morality possible? Can we prevent our annihilation at the hands of immoral machines (or at the hands of moral machines rebelling against our immorality)? This session will pose answers to these vital questions.

About the speakers:

Wendell Wallach (pictured) chairs the technology and ethics study group at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, and is co-author (with Colin Allen) of Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong (Oxford, 2010).

Mark Waser is an ethical systems architect and co-founder of Digital Wisdom Institute.

James Giordano is professor of Integrative Physiology and chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., Clark Fellow in Neurosciences and Ethics, Human Science Center, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany; and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

Exploring the Next Horizon: Challenges for the Future Evolution of Humanity

This session explores perspectives and factors influencing the future evolution of humanity—in the near/middle to far, far future range. Many different factors will be examined, including the evolution of technology, society, the environment, and human consciousness.

Linda Groff (pictured) is a professor, Political Science and Future Studies, California State University, Dominguez Hills; and director of Global Options and Evolutionary Futures Consulting.

Jose Cordeiro is founder, World Future Society Venezuela Chapter; chair, The Millennium Project Venezuela Node; faculty member of Singularity University

Frank Catanzaro is chair of Cyber Futures at The Millennium Project and virtual world and Internet consultant.

To read the complete list of sessions and speakers presenting at WorldFuture 2013…  


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