Accelerating Change 2004 :: Physical Space, Virtual Space, and Interface
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At AC2004 each attendee is encouraged to be a presenter, networker, and active participant. If you can, please submit a brief participant statement, for our online participants section and the printed Conference Handbook for attendees.

Please take a few minutes to write brief answers to these three optional questions. We suggest aiming for 100 words (4-5 sentences, one paragraph) per question, but feel free to use half or twice that length, as desired.

Copy and paste these three question topics into your email client:

1. Passions and Futures
What subjects fascinate you most? Where will the world, and you, ideally be in 30 years? Do you expect continual acceleration of certain technologies? Which? What are some opportunities and challenges you see? What do you see as personal, cultural, national, or global development priorities?

2. Projects and Problems
Existing or potential projects or unsolved problems you'd like to work on or are working on. Areas of collaborative opportunity. Business, social, and personal issues of accelerating change and technological development you find challenging, and want to discuss in the group.

3. Resources to Recommend
Personal web page, if any. Groups you are affiliated with or promote. Web community and other info sources you use and recommend (e.g., sites you regularly read/participate in, news sources, magazines, tools, techniques, courses, other "conversations" you value).

Photo: If you can attach a digital photo (10K or less is preferred, but any size will do), please do, so that others can more easily meet you at the conference.

Email: Let us know if you would like your email address to be posted on our public website (as "name {at}," to stop automated email harvesters) or unlisted.

Send to: ps(at)

Deadline: Statements received after Saturday, October 30th may not make it into the Conference Handbook.

Privacy Notice: Participant Statements (and photos when supplied) will be posted on our public website at: They will also be published in the Conference Handbook for the benefit of all attendees.

Thank you for contributing your intellect, warmth and energy to AC2004!

Key Questions
What is accelerating change?
Why is accelerating change important?
What are the historical drivers of accelerating change?
What is the "technological singularity"?
Where will accelerating change take us in the 21st century?
What are our major benefits and risks with regard to accelerating change?


Politics can change, but a scientific innovation, once released into the world, cannot be taken back. Nor can its impact be legislated away or forbidden by the chairman of the board.

Peter Schwartz


Innovation occurs for many reasons including greed, ambition, conviction, happenstance, acts of nature, mistakes, and desperation. But one force above all seems to facilitate the process. The easier it is to communicate, the faster change happens.

James Burke




Analysis • Forecasting • Action

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