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

A Special Message ...

Dear Change Leader,

We live in extraordinary times. Scientific, technological, and business innovations have never been more rapid, and legal, social, human development, and security issues never more important. Miniaturization, virtualization, Moore’s law, networks, databases, and automation continually enable us to "do more, better, with less." Service and intangibles are becoming the new economy. Globalization, transparency, open source, self-organizing collaboration, ERP, CRM, and continual process reengineering are redefining business. Meanwhile rising social complexity, entitlements, outmoded educational systems, and ballooning health care costs make domestic social change increasingly challenging.

Science, technology, business, and the people behind them drive accelerating change. Yet for every success there are fifty failures. Side effects to be remedied. Accidents to be prevented. Underdeveloped and premature ideas. Solutions for nonexistent problems. Technologies that are more hype than reality.

The Conference

If information overload is our greatest problem, creating strategic foresight is our best solution. What kind of world do today's leading thinkers see emerging? What personal and institutional future are you striving to create? Where do you find the key idea, process, or tool that will take your enterprise to the next level of global value?

AC2005 is a forum for exploring our rapidly changing times. Each year we cover multidisciplinary trends and strategic implications of accelerating change, highlighting a number of today's most dynamic and creative leaders and processes of change. AC2005 presenters and topics are likely to have great impact on our global, national, cultural, and personal futures. This intimate, open-minded, and passionate annual gathering is a must for staying abreast of the most important issues of our time.

Accelerating Change offers three main benefits:

a community of exceptional, pragmatic, technology-aware attendees,
foresight into present and coming accelerating developments, and
strategies for navigating today's complex sociotechnological landscape.

The conference is becoming nationally known as a place that networks practical, future-oriented individuals with diverse backgrounds yet a common desire to greatly improve the human condition while respecting our natural environment. Attendees have the curiosity, capital, and commitment to effect positive transformative change, and in general seek balanced, global, and inclusive paths of technology development.

AC2005 provides guidance for discriminating between chaotic evolutionary and predictable developmental change, for understanding the unprecedented speed and potential of today's computation- and communication-driven technologies, and for choosing intelligent paths through the thicket of information, options, and technological innovation. With its high caliber of speakers, attendee networking, and the broad relevance of its carefully chosen dialogs, AC2005 has the potential to be a landmark experience.

I cordially invite you to join us at Stanford this September.

John Smart
President, ASF
(For more on our nonprofit, see How ASF Benefits You).

Key Questions
How does computation affect our environment?
What is accelerating technological change?
Why is accelerating change important?
What is the universal story of accelerating change?
What is the "technological singularity" hypothesis?
Where might accelerating change take us in the 21st century?
What are our main benefits and risks with regard to accelerating change?
How do we improve the study of accelerating change?


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