Posted: September 23, 2008

Convergence08 Unconference on Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno (NBIC) technologies

(Nanowerk News) The Convergence08 Unconference on Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno (NBIC) technologies and their interactions will be held November 15-16, 2008, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. The event will use an innovative "unconference" format to enable participants to customize the event in a highly interactive way.
Paul Saffo, a Silicon Valley forecaster with over two decades experience exploring long-term technological change and its practical impact on business and society, will keynote the event. About Convergence08, he observed, "A host of technologies that seemed like daring science fiction just a few years ago are racing toward practical application with breathtaking speed. Convergence08 is a unique opportunity to look into the coming NBIC future, examine its implications, and prepare for the vast surprises in store for us all."
Both days feature debates on controversial NBIC topics including Synthetic Biology, Longevity, and Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Barney Pell, founder of Powerset and search strategist and evangelist at Microsoft, stated, "At this event we aim to use the power of collective intelligence to see farther along the convergence trajectories; each of the NBIC technologies is transformative on its own, and there's a strong interplay among them."
Headliners include:
  • Dr. Bruce Ames, biochemistry professor at UC Berkeley, founder of Juvenon
  • Dr. Gregory Benford, physics professor at UC Irvine, founder of Genescient
  • Denise Caruso, executive director of Hybrid Vigor Institute
  • Dr. Aubrey de Grey, CSO and chair of Methuselah Foundation
  • Dr. Ben Goertzel, CEO of Novamente, director of research at Singularity Institute
  • Terry Grossman, MD, co-author, Fantastic Voyage
  • Andrew Hessel, consulting biologist and author
  • Dr. Chris Heward, president of Kronos Science Laboratories
  • Dr. Peter Norvig, director of research at Google
  • Dr. Steve Omohundro, founder and president of Self-Aware Systems
  • Dr. Barney Pell, founder of Powerset, search strategist and evangelist at Microsoft
  • Registration details available at
    About Convergence08
    Sponsored by organizations focused on innovative technologies, Convergence08 will bring together an eclectic mix of visionaries, entrepreneurs, scientists, technologists, and independent thinkers to merge their distributed knowledge into an improved view of where the NBIC revolutions are taking us, how to maximize benefits to humanity and the environment, and how to minimize any downsides.
    Convergence08 Supporting Organizations include Acceleration Studies Foundation, Foresight Nanotech Institute, Humanity+,, Long Now Foundation, and Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Cooperating Organizations include CyBeRev, Millennium Project, and Reason Foundation.
    Convergence08 is co-chaired by James Clement (Humanity+ Executive Director), Tyler Emerson (Singularity Institute Executive Director), and Christine Peterson (Foresight Nanotech Institute Cofounder and President).
    Source: Convergence08
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