Steve Burgess - Nanotechnology and the Foresight InstituteSteve Burgess (@steveburgess01) is the president of Foresight Institute, a nonprofit think tank that researches technologies of important to the future of humanity, focusing on nanotechnology, cybersecurity, and AI and rewards grants to lead scientists and safety initia tives.

Steve is a nanotechnology activist, tech writer & speaker, startup mentor, and an internationally recognized computer forensics consultant. Steve helped found the data recovery industry in the 80s, is a pioneer in today’s growing computer forensics and electronic  industry and is active as a digital forensic specialist who oftens testifies as an expert witness in the field.

Steve has reported on Japan’s space programs, contributed various Nanotech Glossaries, is the author of “The (Needed) New Economics of Abundance,” contributor to the text, “Scientific Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases,” and regularly writes on topics surrounding his passions and expertise at burgessforensics.com

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In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:

  • The science of nanotechnology and progress to date
  • How the boom and bust cycle in nanotech play out
  • Why Steve is passionate about exponential hope
  • How AI will impact the future of jobs and economy, beyond the obvious answers
  • The problem with existential risk and inspiring action
  • Why Foresight Institute focuses on converging exponential technologies
  • The implications of biotech and self enhancement
  • What manufacturing will mean in an era of abundance
  • The wealth divide and what happens next
  • How technological innovation will impact our evolution
  • The reason capitalist incentive structures drive many of our most pressing problems
  • Why changing policy and law is challenging and grass roots movements matter

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Joe Haldeman - Sci Fi Author - The Forever WarJoe Haldeman is a famed American science fiction author best known for his novel The Forever War (1974). That novel, and other of his works, including The Hemingway Hoax (1991) and Forever Peace (1997), have won major science fiction awards, including the Hugo Award and Nebula Award.[2]

Joe was awarded the SFWA Grand Master for career achievements and in 2012 he was inducted as a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. He’s a member of Author’s Guild, Writer’s Guild, Science Fiction Writers of America, National Space Society (on Board of Advisors), Space Studies Institute and was President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America from 1992-1994.

Many of Haldeman’s works, including his debut novel War Year and his second novel The Forever War, were inspired by his experiences related to serving in the Vietnam War. Wounded in combat, he struggled to adjust to civilian life after returning home.

During Joe’s prolific career, he’s authored 30 books, 7 short fiction novels a set of comics and even a poem.

You can grab a copy of The Forever War here or a free audiobook download here.

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Joanna Bryson - AI and Ethics ResearcherJoanna Bryson (@j2bryson) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computing at the University of Bath. She works on Artificial Intelligence, ethics, and collaborative cognition.

In 2010 Bryson published her most controversial work, “Robots Should Be Slaves” and has helped the EPSRC to define the Principles of Robotics in 2010. She has also consulted The Red Cross on autonomous weapons and is a member of an All Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence.

Joanna is focused on “Standardizing Ethical Design for Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems”. In 2017 she won an Outstanding Achievement award from Cognition X. She regularly appears in national media, talking about human-robot relationships and the ethics of AI

EPSRC’s Laws of Robotics:

  1. Robots should not be designed as weapons, except for national security reasons
  2. Robots should be designed and operated to comply with existing law, including privacy
  3. Robots are products: as with other products, they should be designed to be safe and secure
  4. Robots are manufactured artifacts: the illusion of emotions and intent should not be used to exploit vulnerable users
  5. It should be possible to find out who is responsible for any robot

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In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:

  • Why robots and AI should not resemble people
  • How Joanna helped the British replace Asimov’s laws of robotics
  • How people confuse consciousness and intelligence and likely problems this creates
  • Why Joanna is skeptical we’ll achieve AI superintelligence
  • The big problem with conflicting interests creating filter bubbles, disinformation and overly aggressive Facebook
  • Why robots cannot be liable/punished for their actions
  • How people should think about ethics of robot design
  • The ethical dilemmas with AI and robots in society
  • How psychology, neuroscience, ethics and AI are merging
  • The problems with control and governing AI usage
  • How bad incentives create bad artificial intelligences

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Brad Waid - Augmented Reality and EdTechBrad Waid (@techbradwaid) is an international speaker, influencer and educator with over 15 years of classroom and industry experience. Brad is an industry leader in the fields of educational technology, 21st century learning, culture and innovation and has been name a top 15 influencer/thought leader in Augmented Reality.

Brad is a consultant to industry, education and government and is often called on by industry to assist in marketing and telling the story of a product or a company. He also assists school districts and educational conferences in applying technology into education, and he works with government agencies to improve education for all students.

​As a consultant to start-ups from Silicon Valley to New York and government agencies, Brad has a unique perspective on the evolution of the tech landscape.

He has been honored by the National School Board Association as one of the “20 to Watch” in Educational Technology. Brad’s knowledge of educational technology, his ability to assist industry and government and his passion to inspire educational change, makes him a highly sought after speaker and influencer who makes an impact where ever he goes.

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Peter Stone - AI and Machine LearningProf Peter Stone is the founder and director of the Learning Agents Research Group (LARG) within the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin, as well as associate department chair and chair of the University’s Robotics Portfolio Program.

He is also the President, COO, and co-founder of Cogitai, a startup company building AIs that learn continually from interaction with the real world – ie brains or continual-learning AI sof tware.

Peter’s main research interest is understanding how we can best create complete intelligent agents and focuses mainly on machine learning, multiagent systems, and robotics. Prof Stone has worked with modeling/creating robot soccer, autonomous bidding agents, autonomous vehicles, autonomic computing and social agents.

In 2007 he received the prestigious IJCAI Computers and Thought Award, given biannually to the top AI researcher under the age of 35, and in 2016 he was awarded the ACM/SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award.

 

 

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Amir HusainAmir Husain(@amirhusain_tx) is a serial entrepreneur, inventor, and author based in Austin, Texas. He was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Award, has been named Austin’s Top Technology Entrepreneur of the Year, and received the Austin Under 40 Technology and Science Award. Husain is the founder and CEO of SparkCognition, an award-winning artificial intelligence company.

Since its founding in April 2013, SparkCognition has received widespread recognition, including the 2017 CNBC Disruptor 50, being named the fastest-growing company in Central Texas by Austin Business Journal in 2017, and ranking on the CB Insights AI 100 list in both 2017 and 2018.

Husain is a prolific inventor with 27 U.S. patents awarded and over 40 pending applications. His work has been featured in outlets such as Foreign Policy, Fox Business News, and Proceedings from the U.S. Naval Institute. His book “The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence” was published in 2017.

Husain served as a founding member of the Board of Advisors for IBM Watson and serves on the Board of Advisors for The University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Science. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for a New American Security Task Force on Artificial Intelligence and National Security.

Amir is also the author of The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence which you can get from Amazon here or FREE here from Audible.

“Software is eating the world, and A.I. is eating software”

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Isaac Arthur - Futurist and Transhumanist PhysicistIsaac Arthur (@isaac_a_arthur) is a physicist and futurist who runs popular YouTube channel Featured Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur.

Isaac’s popular channel has over 270k subscribers and 20M+ views and a legion of loyal, insightful fans, including his own sub-Reddit. Arthur covers a wide range of futurist and science fiction ideas including cyborgs, androids and artificial intelligence, the Fermi paradox and interstellar warfare, Dyson spheres and megascale engineering, quantum teleportation and faster-than-light travel—typically exploring hypothetical scenarios extending to the distant future.

 

 

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Aubrey De GreyAubrey de Grey (@aubreydegrey) is Cambridge researcher and Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation focused on aging and extending human longevity. He proposes that the first human beings who will live to 1,000 years old have already been born.

In addition to his research, Aubrey is editor-in-chief of the academic journal Rejuvenation Research, author of The Mitochondrial Free Radical Theory of Aging (1999) and co-author of Ending Aging (2007).  De Grey’s research focuses on whether regenerative medicine can prevent the aging process. He works on the development of what he calls “Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence” (SENS), a collection of proposed techniques to rejuvenate the human body and stop aging. To this end, he has identified seven types of molecular and cellular damage caused by essential metabolic processes. SENS is a proposed panel of therapies designed to repair this damage.

He has been interviewed by most major news sources, including CBS 60 Minutes, the BBC, The New York Times, Fortune Magazine, The Washington Post, TED, Popular Science, The Colbert Report, Time and the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe.

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Annn Miura-KoAnn Miura-Ko (@annimaniac) has been called “the most powerful woman in startups” by Forbes and is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Stanford. The child of a rocket scientist at NASA, Ann is a Palo Alto native and has been steeped in technology startups from when she was a teenager. Prior to co-founding FLOODGATE, she worked at Charles River Ventures and McKinsey and Company.

Some of Ann’s investments include Lyft, Ayasdi, Xamarin, Refinery29, JoyRun, TaskRabbit, and Modcloth. Given the success of her investments she was on the 2017 Midas List of top 100 venture capitalists.

 

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Frank Bunger - Orion Span - Space TravelFrank Bunger (@frankbunger) is a veteran technology executive, serial entrepreneur and Founder/CEO at Orion Span – the company that’s building a space hotel (second space station) and looking bring down the cost of visiting and living in space by orders of magnitude. The hotel, named Aurora Station will host 6 individuals at a time for nearly $1M/day, letting everyday folks experience life 200 miles above Earth.

Outside of Orion Span, Frank has extensive experience building early stage companies, having gone from zero to eight digit revenue in a previous venture. Frank has a multi-disciplinary background across several industries, including software, hardware, and manufacturing. Most recently, he was Vice President at UpGuard, a firm focused on software automation, where his division performed in the top 3% of SaaS groups – worldwide – by sales and retention.

 

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