First ACC2003 Conference: Day 1
Tressider Union, Stanford University
Preface: I missed the ACC2003 Friday reception and mixer (7-9 pm) since it was more important to
attend the Autumn Moon Festival Dinner at Aegis Gardens in Fremont with Mom. When I got
to Stanford's Tressider Union around 9:30 pm, most of the attendees had gone to the optional no-host dinners off-campus.
Tyler Emerson, the Vice President of IAC, was still around. On the ACC2003 website, he
mentiond that most of the volunteers positions were filled "but if you have a particular
talent and passion to contribute to the success of this event", please contact him.
I showed Tyler my passion for research on "accelerating change" typing up John Smart's
Stanford Teach-In Lecture "Understanding the Singularity" and the
"Singularity Resources" web pages I compiled.
After seeing all the work I did, Tyler extended me a complimentary pass to the conference. Thank you Tyler.
I got the 7:47 am Bus 22 to the Crown Plaza Cabana Hotel on El Camino where most of the attendees
were staying. The ACC2003 Conference had a Shuttle Bus to Stanford every half-hour. I took the 8 am
Shuttle and got to the Conference at 8:30 am. At the registration desk, I gave them the form where
Tyler had signed me on for a complimentary pass. When they asked me for my name & title for the ID tag,
I said: "Peter Y. Chou, poet, WisdomPortal.com". There were lots of Krispy Kreme donuts, bagels,
Starbucks coffee and tea for the morning attendees. Since I already had cereal and fruits for breakfast,
I refrained myself from eating or drinking more.
The opening session at 9 am was delayed over half-an-hour because of technical glitches in setting
up Ray Kurzweil's 3D Telepresence Lecture. The lobby was buzzing with lots of chats and networking
of the ACC2003 attendees. I found myself next to Dr. Joel Orr (VP & Chief Visionary of Cyon Research,
Chesapeake, VA). He was on the Shuttle Bus and I was amazed at his cool demeanor with suit and tie
on a day that approached the upper 90's in temperature. We conversed about creativity, and Joel
mentioned Dorothea Brande's
Becoming a Writer. It's a 1934 classic which I've read long ago and have forgotten.
Thanks Joel for reminding me about this gem. When the session finally got underway, the Oak Lounge
was packed with around 300 attendees. Joel sat on my right, to my left was Gregor J. Rothfuss,
a Software Architect from Wyona AG, Zurich. Nearby was Michael E. Muston, CEO of MemWeb, Monaco.
Looks like we have a global audience here all fascinated by the idea of accelerating change.
When time permits, I'll type up my notes taken during the conference. For those who wish to have
the entire transcript of the ACC2003 Conference on DVD,
order it from their official site.
|9:00-9:25 am||Sonia Arrison, John Smart, Steve Jurvetson Introduction|
|9:25-10:00 am||Ray Kurzweil (via 3D Telepresence Lectern)|
Accelerating Technology in the 21st Century
|10:10 am-Noon||Ray Kurzweil, Michael Denton, & Ilkka Tuomi|
Why Organisms Are Not Machines (Denton)
Moore's Law and Kurzweil's Hypothesis (Tuomi)
Debate: Evaluating Kurzweil's "Law of Accelerating Returns"
|1:00-2:00 pm||K. Eric Drexler Analysis Breakouts|
Nanotechnology: Toward the Feynman Vision
|2:00-3:00 pm||Ben Goertzel Analysis Breakouts|
Artificial General Intelligence
|3:00-4:00 pm||James N. Gardner Speculation Keynote The Selfish Biocosm Hypothesis|
|4:00-4:45 pm||William A. Dembski & Nick Bostrom Analysis Breakouts|
Infinite Universe or Intelligent Design? (Dembski)
Observation Selection Theory (Bostrom)
|4:45-5:15 pm||James N. Gardner, William A. Dembski, & Nick Bostrom|
An Anthropic Universe:
Replication, 'Intelligent Design,' or Ensemble?
|5:30-6:30 pm||Greg Papadopoulos Speculation Breakouts|
Network Entropy: A Driver of Change
|6:30-8:45 pm||COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE DINNER|
|9:00-10:00 pm||Reports from Collective Intelligence Dinner|
|10:00-11:00 pm||John Smart Nightowl Session|
Development and the Singularity:
Understanding Accelerating Change
|11 pm-12:30 am||Howard Bloom (via video & teleconference)|
"An Infinity of Singularities":
From Big Bang to the 23rd Century
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