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A presentation-order listing of speakers and emcees at ACC2003 follows. Associated links lead to online articles (some PDF) on selected issues in accelerating change written by, recommended by, or simply relevant to the presentation topics of each speaker.

We recommend printing and reading articles in your areas of interest either in advance, to maximize your conference experience, or in selected follow-up after the event.


Ray Kurzweil, Founder and CEO, Kurzweil Technologies

Exponential Growth an Illusion? Response to Ilkka Tuomi
The Law of Accelerating Returns
The Intelligent Universe


Michael Denton, Senior Research Fellow in Human Genetics, University of Otago, New Zealand

Organism and Machine: The Flawed Analogy


Ilkka Tuomi, Visiting Scientist, European Commission's Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville, Spain

The Lives and Death of Moore's Law
Kurzweil, Moore, and Accelerating Change


K. Eric Drexler, Founder and Chair, Foresight Institute

The Challenge of Nanotechnology
Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology

John R. Koza, President, Genetic Programming

What is Genetic Programming?
Human-Competitive Results Produced By Genetic Programming

Keith Devlin, Executive Director, CSLI, Stanford University

Media X: The New Liberal Arts?
Why Are Equations Important?

Ben Goertzel, Founder and CEO, Biomind

The Coming Convergence
Novamente: An Artificial General Intelligence in the Making


Keynote & Debate

James N. Gardner, Complexity Theorist

Biocosm: The New Scientific Theory of Evolution


William A. Dembski, Associate Research Professor, Baylor University

Becoming A Disciplined Science: Prospects, Pitfalls, and Reality Check for ID
Why Natural Selection Can't Design Anything


Nick Bostrom, Research Fellow, Oxford University, Co-Founder and Chair, World Transhumanist Association

Existential Risks: Analyzing Human Extinction Scenarios and Related Hazards
Ethical Issues in Advanced Artificial Intelligence
Anthropic Bias: Observation Selection Effects in Science and Philosophy


Greg Papadopoulos, Executive Vice-President and CTO, Sun Microsystems

Rules of the Game: Moore's Law Meets Gilder's Law Meets Metcalfe's Law

William H. Calvin, Theoretical Neurobiologist, University of Washington in Seattle

Cautions on the Superhuman Transition


Howard Bloom, Visiting Scholar, New York University


John Smart, Founder and President, Acceleration Studies Foundation

What is the Singularity?
Promontory Point Revisited



Steve Jurvetson, Managing Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Transcending Moore's Law


Robert Wright, Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania

The Big Idea: (A 9/11 Retrospective)
The Ladder of Cultural Evolution (Nonzero, Chap 1)


James M. Crawford, Autonomy and Robotics Area Lead, NASA Ames Research Center

Who Should Explore Space, Man or Machine?

Matt Lennig, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Nuance

Interfaces of the Future: Natural Language Processing (ZD Net)

Tim O'Reilly, Founder and President, O'Reilly & Associates

Remaking the Peer-to-Peer Meme

Christine Peterson, Co-Founder and President, Foresight Institute

Molecular Nanotechnology: The Next Industrial Revolution
Unbounding the Future: The Nanotechnology Revolution

Scott A. Hunt, Peace Scholar and Activist, author of The Future of Peace

The Future of Peace (NewTimes Review)

Ross Mayfield, CEO, Socialtext

Ecosystem of Networks
New Social Network Mapping Tools


Mark Finnern, Collaboration Manager, SAP Developer Network

Enterprise Solutions: Get With the Program (Davenport et. al.)
The Mysterious Art and Science of Knowledge-Worker Performance (Davenport et. al.)


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

Consumer Privacy: A Free Choice Approach
Why Digital Dividers are Out of Step

Alex Lightman, CEO, Charmed Technology, Chair, N. American IPv6 Summits

Towards the Infinite Internet: Speaking of the Future with Alex Lightman
Exploding Universe of Web Addresses (Selingo)
The Invention Event Horizon: Dinner and a Mobile at a Rainforest Outside Tokyo

Melanie Swan, Research Director of Telecom Economics, RHK, Inc.

Technological Change, Cultural Change, and Democracy (Inglehart)
Discovery and Reconciliation Portend Dramatic Imrovements in Telecom Operational Efficiency (RHK)


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