CONTACT: Tom Bresnahan, Public Relations
(650) 396-8220, mail(at)accelerating.org
CHANGE: AN EMERGING FACT
to Explore the Meaning of Shrinking Time Frames In All Areas of
ANGELES, CA (July 28, 2003) – A collection of futurists, entrepreneurs,
theoreticians and humanists have organized "Accelerating
Change Conference 2003," the first of an annual series,
to juxtapose cutting edge ideas from a range of disciplines which
collectively suggest that acceleration is a basic feature of the
evolution of any complex system, such as computers or ecosystems,
but also, signficantly, the matrix of humans, technologies and society.
itself accelerates," says John Smart, Chairman of the Acceleration Studies Foundation (ASF), the host of the conference. "Our
organization exists because accelerating change is a fact, and not
enough people understand what an enormous fact it is. Focusing attention
on this universal phenomenon will be very productive for the way
we – humanity – make decisions and understand the world
as it moves forward."
conference will be held at Stanford University's Tresidder Union,
September 12-14, 2003. The cost of the conference is $395 ($150
for students), with an early registration discount of $100 ($50
for students) that will last until August 4th.
pioneer Ray Kurzweil will keynote the conference via Teleportec’s
3D Telepresence Lectern and discuss the multifold trends of acceleration,
with biologist Michael Denton and philosopher Ilkka Tuomi critiquing.
Howard Bloom will explore the many different kinds of “singularities”:
black holes in the cosmos which have smaller cousins that occur
in human life.
pioneer K. Eric Drexler and genetic programming expert John R. Koza
will explore how we are harnessing, and may harness, the computing
strategies of our biology to make computers out of matter itself.
in biological computing, artificial intelligence, and theorists
of the human-technology interface will discuss the convergence of
humans and other types of computational systems and intelligence.
Steve Jurvetson will illustrate the significance of integrating
awareness of acceleration into capital funding decisions.
Journalist and scholar Robert Wright, author of
Nonzero, will examine the considerable evidence for the
historical acceleration of cooperation in human societies, and what
this means for us today and for the future.
and 250 attendees will gather for a weekend of insight and discourse.
More information is available at http://accelerating.org/acc2003/conf_home.htm.
The 25% discount for early registration will be available until
is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation based in Los Angeles,
California. Our mission is to help business and society examine
the potential risks and benefits of the accelerating pace of change
through our conferences, reading groups, publications, websites,
and sense of community. For more information about ASF and ACC2003,
contact Tom Bresnahan, Public Relations, (650) 396-8220, or see