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The singularity: nearer than last year. Singularity Summit’08: October 25th

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I spent an very enjoyable evening last week kicking off preparations for this year’s singularity summit, to take place in San Jose on the 25th of october.

– There are a number of high profile speakers lined up, with more being organized as I write this. When things are firmer, I will blog about them here.

– This years event is intended to be smaller and splashier than last: I will let you know when tickets are available for sale. (They will also be more expensive than last year, so those of you with relatively limited means (like myself) may want to volunteer to with preparations. It is, in my opinion, the best way to attend the event.)

To promote the summit, and whet the appetite of those that didn’t attend last year, I’m going to be rebroadcasting videos from the 07 summit, a couple each week.

CNN covers Catastrophic Risks conference, reports on the Singularity instead.

Words escape me.

A CNN article reporting on the Global Catastrophic Risks conference explains the singularity (or at least, Ray Kurzweil’s conception of it) to its readers.

…Kurzweil is predicting the impending arrival of something called the Singularity, which he defines in his book on the subject as “the culmination of the merger of our biological thinking and existence with our technology, resulting in a world that is still human but that transcends our biological roots.”

The real news here is that it’s in the news – the main stream media news. Does that mean the singularity is now last week’s meme? Will we need to find another topic to stop conversations at cocktail parties with?

If anyone is worried that somehow the world is ending because the MSM is actually reporting on news, rather than the missing white girl of the month, fear no more: they missed the whole point of the Global Catastrophic Risks conference which is that other world-ending kind of singularity – the one we all want to avoid. (Well, those of us who aren’t drinking the Brawno.) So, the world isn’t ending because CNN is actually reporting news, it’s ending because of all sorts of things that are being discussed at the conference.

Mankind to ‘transcend biology in posthuman world’ – CNN.com