Accelerating Change 2005. September 16-18, Stanford University. Artificial Intelligence and Intelligence Amplification. Transforming Technology, Empowering Humanity

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Artificial intelligence ("AI")
, broadly defined, improves the intelligence and autonomy of our technology. Intelligence amplification ("IA") empowers human beings and their social, political, and economic environments. As in previous years, a collection of today's most broad-minded, multidisciplinary, and practical change leaders will consider these twin trends from global, national, business, social, and personal foresight perspectives. Conference Brochure (PDF, 6 pages). One Sheet (PDF).

Select Post-Conference Testimonials:

“My hat's off to John for putting together an organization and conference dedicated to accelerating change. There are very few organizations that have that understanding.” Ray Kurzweil (from Saturday keynote)

“The speakers were marvelous. There was a fantastic mix from various disciplines…This was inspirational and energizing.” Janna Anderson, Professor Elon University, Director of Internet Projects, Pew Internet

“The optimistic view towards the future and our general ability to shape it…is refreshingly different from mainstream media and many other groups in society.” Olav Strawe, Publisher, Teletalk Magazine

“I always enjoy the sense of being 5 years in the future [at ACC] and I appreciate the great variety of topics and speakers.”
David Clemens, Monterey Peninsula College

“It opened my mind to new and interesting aspects of tech and society that I had not considered or heard of before.” Alan Devlin, Director, Web Factory

“Thanks for an extraordinary conference. Five times better than last year.”
Greg Davidson



Vernor Vinge
Mathematician; Computer Scientist; Author, True Names; The Coming Technological Singularity


Ray Kurzweil
CEO, Kurzweil Technologies; Award-Winning Inventor; Author, The Age of Spiritual Machines; The Singularity is Near


Daniel G. Amen, MD
Medical Director and CEO, Amen Clinics, Inc.; Author, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life; Monthly columnist for Men's Health Magazine


Thomas Malone

Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management; Founder and Director of the MIT Center for Coordination Sciences; Author, The Future of Work: How the New Order of Business Will Shape Your Organization, Your Management Style, and Your Life


Dileep George
Founder & Principal Architect, Numenta


Change Leader
Steve Jurvetson
Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson


Change Leader
Esther Dyson
Editor, Release 1.0 and Editor at Large, CNET Networks


Foresight Tutorial
George Gilder
Editor in Chief, Gilder Technology Report; Author, The Silicon Eye; Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute


Change Leader
Peter Norvig

Director of Search Quality, Google; Author, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (the wold's leading textbook in AI)


Special Host
Moira Gunn
President and CEO, The Tech Nation Group; Host, Tech Nation and BioTech Nation


Change Leader
Peter Barrett
CTO and GM of Engineering, Microsoft TV, IPTV Program Leader


Change Leader
Blake Ross

Co-Creator and Project Director, Mozilla Firefox; Open Source Entrepreneur; Computer Science Student, Stanford University


Change Leader
Ronald Kaplan
Manager of Research in Natural Language Theory and Technology, PARC; Principle of the Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University


Change Leader
Marti Hearst

Professor, School of Information Management and Systems, UC Berkeley; Science Advisory Board for Search, Yahoo!


Change Leader
Patrick Lincoln
Director, Computer Science Laboratory, SRI International


Change Leader
Shun-Jie Ji
Assistant Professor, Graduate Institute of Futures Studies, Tamkang University; Managing Editor, Journal of Futures Studies; CEO, Institute for National Development, Taiwan


Change Leader
Philip Rosedale
CEO, Linden Lab, creators of Second Life, acclaimed 3D online world


Change Leader
Beth Noveck
Associate Professor of Law Director, New York Law School Institute for Information Law and Policy; Director, Democracy Design Workshop; Founder, State of Play conferences on law and virtual worlds


Change Leader
Sr. Denise Lawrence
Advisor of Academic Affairs, Certificate Program in Education in Values and Spirituality, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization


Change Leader
Neil Jacobstein
President and CEO, Teknowledge Corporation, Chairman of AAAI’s 17th Innovative Applications of AI Conference, July 2005


Change Leader
T. Colin Campbell
Professor Emeritus, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University; Author, The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted...


Change Leader
Rudy Rucker
Computer Scientist; Author of The Lifebox, The Seashell, and the Soul; Spaceland; The Hacker and the Ants, and other books


Change Leader
Joichi Ito
Blogger; CEO and Founder, Neoteny Co., Ltd.; VP International and Mobility, Technorati; Chairman, Six Apart Japan


Change Leader
Janna Anderson
Assistant Professor, Elon University's School of Communications; Director, "Imagining the Internet" Predictions Database; Author of the upcoming, Imagining the Internet: Personalities, Predictions, Perspectives


Investment Tutorial
Mike Korns
Intelligent Agent Investing Pioneer; Chairman, Korns Associates


Change Leader
Terry Winograd
Professor and Director, Human-Computer Interaction programs, Stanford University; Principal Investigator, Stanford Digital Libraries Project and Interactive Workspaces Project


T. Sibley Verbeck
Chief Scientist, StreamSage


Change Leader
Scott Rafer
President and CEO, Feedster


Change Leader
Jon Udell
Lead Analyst, InfoWorld; Software Developer


Change Leader
Robin Raskin
Consultant and author on family life in a digital world,; TV Personality; Former Editor of PC Magazine


Change Leader
Cecily Sommers
Strategic Principal, Unit 1; Founder and President, The PUSH Institute, producers of the annual PUSH Conference


Change Leader
(Live via Video)

Robert Hecht-Nielsen
Computational Neurobiologist, Institute for Neural Computation; Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UC-San Diego; Founder, HNC Software (now Fair Isaac)


Foresight Tutorial
Peter Bishop

Chair and Professor, Studies of the Future MS Program, U of Houston


Change Leader
Bruno Olshausen
Director, Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience (formerly, Redwood Neuroscience Institute)


Sonia Arrison
Director of Technology Studies, Pacific Research Institute (PRI)


Foresight Tutorial
Tom Conger
Consulting Futurist and CEO, Social Technologies


Second Life Tutorial
Cory Ondrejka
VP of Product Development, Linden Lab, creators of Second Life, acclaimed 3D online world


Melanie Swan
President, Cygnet Capital


Change Leader
Jamais Cascio
Senior Contributing Editor, WorldChanging; Writer and foresight consultant


Change Leader
David Fogel
CEO, Natural Selection, Inc.; Author, Blondie 24: Playing at the Edge of AI; Founding Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computing


Change Leader
Julian Lombardi
Principal Architect, Croquet Project; Manager, Division of Information Technology, U Wisconsin-Madison; Software designer and former biology professor


Change Leader
Marcos Guillen
Founder and CEO, Artificial Development, developers of CCortex neural computing platform


Change Leader
Harold Morowitz
Biophysicist; Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, George Mason University; Author, The Emergence of Everything


Change Leader
Ruzena Bajcsy

Director, CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society); Former Assistant Director, National Science Foundation, CISE; Former Director, GRASP, U Penn


Change Leader
David A. Smith
Principal Architect, Croquet Project; CTO, 3Dsolve; Co-founder, Red Storm Entertainment (w/ Tom Clancy) and Timeline Computer Entertainment (w/ Michael Crichton)


Change Leader
Alex Lightman
CEO, IPv6 Summit, Inc., an Company, and Author, Brave New Unwired World


Change Leader
Mark Finnern

Collaboration Manager, SAP Developer Network; Blogger, O'Reilly Network; Board Member, ASF; Founder and Host, Bay Area Future Salon; Co-Producer, Accelerating Change Conferences


Change Leader
Bruno Haid
Head of Strategy, System One, merging social software, semantic web, and AI

Change Leader
Jerry Paffendorf

Community Director, Acceleration Studies Foundation; Founder and Host, Second Life Future Salon; Co-Producer, Accelerating Change Conferences

Change Leader
John Smart

Founder and President, Acceleration Studies Foundation; Co-Producer, Accelerating Change Conferences


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