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

Conference Schedule

FRIDAY, September 16
8:15 AM+ Tutorial Registration at B-Level of Gates Building, Stanford University (directions)
9:00 - 4:30 PM Tutorials (optional, separate fee) run concurrently at Gates Building, Stanford University (No-Host Lunch, Noon - 1:30PM)
6:00 PM+ General Conference Registration/Check In at SAP Labs, Palo Alto
6:00 - 9:00 PM Friday Reception, Tech Night at SAP Labs, Palo Alto
9:00 PM+ Optional No-Host Dinners Near Stanford


SATURDAY, September 17
7:30 AM+ Registration/Check In at Tresidder Union, Stanford University (bagels, coffee, & tea provided)
8:30 - 9:00 John Smart, ASF
Introduction to Accelerating Change
9:00 - 9:45 Artificial Intelligence - Keynotes
Vernor Vinge, Mathematician-Author, A Fire Upon the Deep
Can We Avoid A Hard Takeoff?: Speculations on Issues in AI and IA
9:45 - 10:35 Ray Kurzweil, Kurzweil Technologies, Author, The Singularity is Near
When Humans Transcend Biology
10:35 - 10:50 MORNING BREAK (coffee & tea provided)
10:50 - 12:20 Artificial Intelligence - Panel
Prospects for AI
Neil Jacobstein, Chair, Innovative Applications of AI 2005; CEO, Teknowledge
Patrick Lincoln
, Director, Computer Science Lab, SRI International
Peter Norvig, Director of Search Quality, Google; Author, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (the world's leading texbook in AI)
Bruno Olshausen, Director, Redwood Ctr for Theoretical Neuroscience
12:20 - 1:40 LUNCH - No Host (Open Space/Birds of a Feather*)
1:40 - 2:40 AI - Future Maker Breakout Panels
Educating Our Machines
Bruno Haid
, System One
Marcos Guillen, Artificial Development
Shrinking the Planet
Peter Barrett, Microsoft IPTV
Scott Rafer
, Feedster
2:40 - 3:10 Artificial Intelligence - Breakout 1
Harold Morowitz, Author
Living Cells and Self Replicating Bots: Nanoscience and Biology
Robert Hecht-Nielsen, Computational Neurobiologist (via videoconference)
The Fundamental Mechanism of Cognition
3:15 - 3:45 Artificial Intelligence - Breakout 2
David Fogel, Natural Selection Inc.; Author, Blondie 24
Accelerating Problem Solving
John Udell, Info World
Annotating the Planet
3:50 - 4:20 Artificial Intelligence - Breakout 3
Esther Dyson, CNET
The Accountable Net
Terry Winograd, Stanford Univ.
Teaching Innovation
4:30 - 5:30 Q&A with Ray
Q&A with Ray Kurzweil, Moderated by Moira Gunn of Tech Nation
4:30 - 5:00 Topics in Artificial Intelligence (Audience-Chosen)
5:00 - 5:30 Topics in Intelligence Amplification (Audience-Chosen)
5:30 - 6:15 Artificial Intelligence - Debate
Progress in Search: A Conversational User Interface by 2015?
Sibley Verbeck, StreamSage (Moderator)
Ron Kaplan, Fellow, ISTI at PARC; Principal, CSLI, Stanford
Marti Hearst, Professor, SIMS, UC Berkeley; Science Advisor for Search, Yahoo!
6:15 - 8:00 COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE DINNER - Provided (Open Space/Birds of a Feather*)
8:00 - 9:00 On The Tip: Audience Issues, Projects, Solutions
9:00 - 9:15 Jerry Paffendorf, ASF
Introduction to Explorations: Brave New Virtual Worlds
9:15 - 10:15 Explorations I - On the Crest
Joichi Ito, Neoteny
Future of Blogging
Janna Anderson, Elon U/Pew Internet
Imagining the Internet
Cory Ondrejka, Linden Lab
Why Gamers Will Save the World
10:15 - 11:15 Explorations II - On the Horizon

Jamais Cascio, WorldChanging
Personal Memory Assistants
John Smart, ASF
How to Be a Tech Futurist


SUNDAY, September 18
7:30 - 8:00 AM Morning Meditation (optional), Sequoia Room, Tresidder Union
Led by Sr. Denise Lawrence, Brahma Kumaris WSO
7:30 AM+ Lounge Conversation, Tresidder Union, Stanford University (bagels, coffee, & tea provided)
8:00 - 8:30 AM Mark Finnern, ASF
Introduction to Intelligence Amplification
8:30 - 9:15 Intelligence Amplification - Keynotes
Tom Malone, MIT
The Future of Work
9:15 - 9:45 Dileep George, Numenta
Understanding the Neocortex to Accelerate our Understanding of Intelligence
9:45 - 10:30 Daniel Amen, MD, Amen Clinic
SPECT and the Future of Mental Health
10:30 - 10:45 MORNING BREAK (coffee & tea provided)
10:45 - 12:00 Intelligence Amplification - Panel

Education: Rebuilding or Bypassing our Institutions?
Ruzena Bajcszy, Center for IT Research in the Interest of Society, UC Berkeley
Shun-Jie Ji, Editor, Journal of Futures Studies, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Sr. Denise Lawrence, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization
Robin Raskin, Digital Mom, Author, Raising Digital Kids

12:00 - 12:30 Intelligence Amplification - Breakout 1
T. Colin Campbell, Cornell U.
Changing the World one Bite at a Time: The China Study
Beth Noveck, NY Law School
Peer to Patent: Collective Intelligence for our Intellectual Property System
12:30 - 2:00 LUNCH - Provided + (Open Space/Birds of a Feather* & "How to Start a Future Salon" )
2:00 - 3:00 IA - Future Maker Breakout Panels
Building the Metaverse
Philip Rosedale, Linden Lab/ Second Life
David Smith, Croquet
Small, Smart, Open
Steve Jurvetson, DFJ
Blake Ross, Firefox
3:00 - 3:30 Intelligence Amplification - Breakout 2
ASF Staff
Studying Accelerating Change: Where We Are, Where We Can Be
3:30 - 3:45 BREAK
3:45 - 5:15 Plenary Semicircle - Closing Discussion

Next Up: Take-Home Thoughts
George Gilder
, Gilder Technology Report
Joichi Ito
, Neoteny
Steve Jurvetson, DFJ
Beth Noveck, NY Law School
Rudy Rucker, Computer Scientist, Author
Cecily Sommers, PUSH

5:15 - 5:30 Alex Lightman, IPv6 Summit
Globalization to the Edge
John Smart
and Iveta Brigis, ASF
Closing Remarks
5:30 PM + Lounge, Optional No-Host Dinners Off Campus at 6pm


*Open Space/Birds of a Feather

• Last Half Hour of Saturday Lunch
• Last Half Hour of Sunday Lunch
• All of Saturday Dinner
• Saturday after 9pm
• Sunday after 5:30pm

Want to form your own interest or discussion groups? Schedule your own presentations? The best times for this are during the last half hour of Saturday and Sunday Lunch, Saturday Dinner, Saturday after 9pm for formal presentations, and Sunday after 5:30pm (a local restaurant would be ideal for this latter time, as the conference rooms will be disassembling).

You can easily form small groups at your dining table (our tables seat eight, and we will have table signs available for your use), in the lobby, on the patios, or anywhere else you choose. If you have a laptop and slides, presentation facilities (screen and LCD projector) are available in the Cypress Room on Saturday after 9pm. Email us if you'd like to schedule this room for 30 or 60 min blocks from 9pm to midnight. Feel free to simply use your laptop in the lobby or out on the patios for impromptu presentations as well, at any time—AC2005 exists for your benefit.

Post your topic, time and meeting location on the Birds of a Feather Bulletin Board in the Lobby and let the flocking begin!


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