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Artificial Intelligence



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Science, Technology, Future

NanotechnologyBiotechnologyArtificial Intelligence

Continuous Innovation

We are on the cusp of a technological avalanche – with the internet of things we will see the digital frontiers expand further. It is clear that technology is a key driver of innovation.  In a changing world maintaining and expanding our capacity to innovate is essential.

Deliberative Design - Sustainability & Resiliancy

Science & Technology are essential for designing the future. With a philosophy of design guiding our progress in scientific research & technological innovation we can achieve great things!  What high-impact technologies will preserve what we value and help to  instill resiliency into our society?

Unprecedented Technological Growth

Over the last few decades we have seen unprecedented technological change.   Our ability to visualize impacts of technological convergence in the short, medium and long term is detrimental to our survival.  With informed estimates of possible futures, we can hope to achieve clearer visions for a better future, let’s leverage growth in powerful new technologies  to solve global problems.

Thank You!

Many Thanks to all who participated in the 2013 Science, Technology & the Future conference! It was a huge success!

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What is ‘Science, Technology & the Future’?

A diverse range of thought leaders will explore potentials in technological growth to solve some of humanities grandest challenges. Scientists, Engineers, Artists and Philosophers will discuss evidence-based research, community awareness of rapid technological change, and scenarios for navigating our future.

With leading scientists and technologists from various disciplines gathering to speak about the future of science and technology, the conference will be a battleground for the science that matters to anyone with a stake in the future. Our society continues to grapple with the ethical implications of developments in science and technology. This year we will discuss the promise and perils of machine intelligence, materials science, immunology, medicine, and much more.

The inaugural Science, Technology & the Future conference was held in Melbourne, Australia on November 30th – December 1st, 2013

Also on Friday Nov 29th there was a pre-conference mixer at Melbourne Uni Graduate House – a meet and greet for fellow conference attendees and presenters!

Conference Themes

We live in a time of great change, and unprecedented risks to global safety and prosperity. Some of these changes may threaten our survival — but let us take solace that great change brings great opportunities. We have the societal framework to deal with increasingly complex problems, harnessing the accumulated weight of thousands of individuals in fields as narrow as a nanotube and as overlapping as the world wide web. Let us take the opportunity to future-proof our efforts to find solutions.

The human mind is one of the great mysteries in the Universe, and arguably the most interesting phenomenon to study.
— Marcus Hutter

Speakers included: Professor Peter Doherty, Professor Lloyd Hollenberg, Professor Marcus Hutter, Philosopher David Pearce, Tim van Gelder, Scott Watkins, Andrew Dun, Drew Berry, & Peter Ellerton

  • Materials Science / Nanotechnology

    Advances in Nanotechnology and Materials Science will help convert Waste into useful material, and help develop powerful photovoltaics to leverage energy from the largest power source in the solar system – dramatically reducing our footprint on the environment.

  • Neuroscience & Artificial Intellignece

    Neuroscience will continue to inspire AI, and vice versa. With more intelligence, we can hope for quicker and better solutions to achieving our goals and solving our problems.

  • Ethics Guided by Evidence & Reason

    Science is opening up more and more ways to pursue evidence based research on what it means to be human – expanding our sphere of ethical consideration.

  • Opportunities & Risks

    Technology is a double edged sword.  In deciding to develop or not develop technology, to research or not research – we must respect both risk and opportunity

Quotes from people involved

Marcus Hutter

The grand goal of AI is to develop systems that exhibit general intelligence on a human-level or beyond. If achieved, this would have a far greater impact on human society than all previous inventions together, likely resulting in a post-human civilization that only faintly resembles current humanity.

Marcus HutterProfessor at ANUPaper UAI - A Gentle Approach
Peter Doherty

If we want our species to survive in the long term, human beings cannot afford to stop reaching for the stars.

Peter DohertyNobel LaureateThe Beginners Guide to Winning a Nobel Prize
Tim van Gelder

The fact that Deep Blue can beat Kasaprov just shows that brute force can sometimes achieve what would otherwise require real thought.

Tim van GelderApplied EpistemologistInto the Deep Blue Yonder
Adam Ford

Bright stars are rising in the east. China is flourishing! With its long history, rich culture and huge economy China is poised ready to change the world. Now think: what if China decided to focus a moderately significant amount of it’s vast resources to the development of radically transformative technologies? It is no surprise that many believe China will lead the way in Robotics and Biotechnology in the not too distant future.

Adam FordConference OrganizerLifeboat Bio

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Technological Convergences

Convergences in technologies like Nanotechnology and Materials Science will likely have a large impact. It is hard to know how, but we can expect to have stronger, more durable, flexible and cheaper materials – this will, of course allow for cheaper and more reliable manufacturing – which will feed back into itself reduce costs even more. It is therefore important to make long term plans with some confidence in progress in these areas.

Fundamental Research

Often we are made aware of new gadgetry, shiny and improved!  Short term technological spinoffs from research can be useful, though some of the greatest human achievements have come through dedication to long term fundamental research which provides new knowledge.  There are also considerable financial reward per unit of effort in the long run.

Overcoming Limitations

Overcoming human limitations using science and technology – reducing the undesirable effects of old age, mitigating impacts of debilitating disease, freeing people from the shackles of un-chosen psychologies.