David Kirkpatrick

August 11, 2010

Advancing substrate-independent minds

Filed under: et.al., Science, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 10:24 am

Via KurzweilAI.net — if you are into futurism at all this blog post at KurzweilAI is worth the time for a full read.

Here’s a taste from the link:

What might brains and minds look like in the future? It can be difficult to manage and organize ideas from many highly specialized fields of expertise that must necessarily converge to answer this intriguing question. Not only must one consider the areas of brain imaging, neuroscience, and cognitive psychology, but also artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, biotechnology, computational hardware architectures, and philosophy.

In the past, the transferal of minds into computer-based systems has been rather vaguely referred to as “uploading.” However, those hoping to advance this multidisciplinary field of research prefer to use the  term Advancing Substrate Independent Minds (ASIM), to emphasize a more scientific, and less science-fiction approach to creating emulations of human brains in non-biological substrates. The term ASIM captures the fact that there are several ways in which hardware and software may be used to run algorithms that mimic the human brain, and that there are many different approaches that can be used to realize this end goal.

March 17, 2010

Ray Kurzweil on Singularity University

A note from Ray hot from today’s inbox:

I wanted to take a moment to provide you a quick update on the ongoing progress of Singularity University.

I started Singularity University with Peter Diamandis (X Prize) last year and I am happy to report that it is growing, well, exponentially. Last week we concluded our second 9-Day Executive Program at our NASA Ames campus in Silicon Valley. Forty-five entrepreneurs, CEOs, venture capitalists, and government leaders came from over 15 countries and the feedback we are receiving from participants has been remarkably positive. Over 90% of participants rated the program very highly with one third saying it was their “best program ever!”

Our next 9-day program is coming up on April 30 – May 9th. The program concentrates on six exponential growing technologies:

1. Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

2. Nanotechnology

3. Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

4. Medicine and Human-Machine Interfaces

5. Networks & Computing Systems

6. Energy & Environmental Systems
Attending the program provides an understanding of how these accelerating technologies will transform your business and your industry by showing you what is in the lab today and where the technologies will be in 5 and 10 years. If you have an interest in attending, learn more about the program and how to apply by visiting our website at http://singularityu.org/executive-programs/.
With my best wishes,

December 8, 2008

TechConnect World Announces TechConnect Summit presenters

The release from this afternoon:

TechConnect World Announces the First Dozen Corporate Partners to Present at TechConnect Summit, May 3-7, 2009 in Houston Texas

Premier Matchmaking Event Accelerates the flow of Clean-, Bio-, and Nano-Technologies from Development to Implementation

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ — TechConnect World, in association with the Nano Science and Technology Institute (NSTI), and the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI), today announced the initial companies participating in the TechConnect Summit, scheduled to take place May 3-7, 2009 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston Texas.

“The Mission of the TechConnect Summit is to provide the corporate partnering and technology matchmaking needed to bring solutions to market quickly,” said Dr. Matthew Laudon, President of CTSI.  “The partnering sessions help large companies streamline their R&D efforts by sharing their issues and challenges with the broad research community attending the event.”  The first dozen companies scheduled to discuss their current projects, and highlight the challenges and opportunities associated with these efforts include:

  1. Air Products & Chemicals
  2. Applied Materials
  3. BASF
  4. Eastman Kodak Company
  5. General Electric
  6. Genzyme
  7. Honda Motor Corporation
  8. Lockheed Martin
  9. Medtronic
  10. Merck Research Labs
  11. Omron
  12. Sanyo

The TechConnect Summit is an information and networking exchange where executives from Fortune 500 companies present technological challenges in the areas of Clean technology, Nanotechnology, and Biotechnology – to the academic and research communities – who in turn, share their ideas and technology solutions for addressing the needs presented.  Through the IP and Venture Forums, TechConnect helps early-stage companies and universities showcase their ideas to larger corporations and investors, to cultivate partnerships and funding opportunities.

Additional submissions for the IP and Venture Forum are being accepted until January 28th.  Interested parties should visit: http://www.techconnect.org/Summit2009/

Exhibitors and sponsorship opportunities are available for technology transfer & technology licensing offices, research organizations, or companies looking to find buyers or investors for their solutions.  More than 5,000 corporate buyers and technology executives from Fortune 500 companies are expected to attend the expo, as are industry leaders, scientists, entrepreneurs, and members of the media from more than 70 countries.  To view the list of participating companies, please visit: http://www.techconnect.org/Summit2009/press/past_participants.html

About the TechConnect Summit:

The purpose of the TechConnect Summit is to bring together the world’s leading technology transfer offices, companies, and investment firms to locate promising technologies and early stage companies from across the globe, and match these organizations to the world’s technology users (mid to large size companies), developers (universities, research institutions), and investors (venture capitalists, investment banking firms) to streamline the innovation pipeline and create an environment for technology matchmaking amongst the groups.

The TechConnect Summit, in partnership with the NSTI and the CTSI, has spent the past decade building the world’s largest international community of nano, bio and clean technology experts, from academia, business, and government to advance the development and deployment of these technologies.  It is the only such event in the U.S. that focuses on all groups related to technology research, development, and commercialization.  For more information, please visit: http://www.techconnect.org/Summit2009/

Source: Nano Science and Technology Institute (NSTI)

Web Site:  http://www.techconnect.org/Summit2009/

Company News On-Call:  http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/639160 .html