CONTACT: Tom Bresnahan, Public Relations
(650) 396-8220, mail(at)accelerating.org
ANNOUNCES CONFERENCE ON THE PHENOMENON OF ACCELERATING CHANGE
ANGELES, CA (July 13, 2003) – The Acceleration Studies Foundation (ASF) announces the Accelerating Change Conference (ACC2003):
Exploring the Future of Accelerating Change, to be held at Stanford
University, September 12-14, 2003. Until July 28th, conference registration
is $295 for regular admission or $100 for student admission (thereafter
$395 / $150). Express registration is available at
Kurzweil, featured speaker and noted authority on emerging technologies,
has observed: “Today, everyone expects continuous technological
progress and the social repercussions that follow. But the future
will be far more surprising than most observers realize: few have
truly internalized the implications of the fact that the rate of
change itself is accelerating."
phenomenon of accelerating change is observed in many complex systems,
such as biological organisms, economies, computing systems, and
the general process of technological development. Over the course
of their development, such systems become radically more efficient
and powerful—most famously seen in the history of integrated
circuits (ICs), as described by Moore’s Law.
Law observes that transistor density in ICs has doubled every 18
to 24 months since 1964. In the past 40 years, the end of Moore’s
Law has often been predicted, yet the explosive growth of computing
power continues today. Kurzweil proposes that there is a "generalized
Moore's Law” (what he calls the ‘Law of Accelerating
Returns’), not just for the past and present of computing
(e.g., vacuum tubes and integrated circuits), but for future computing
methods (e.g., carbon nanotubes and optical computing).
Accelerating Change Conference will offer a range of discussions
on the multi-fold implications of the accelerating rate of change.
Attendees will seek greater understanding of these profound implications
to improve the quality of their decisions in scientific, business,
and social arenas.
speakers include Ray Kurzweil (via Teleportec's 3D Telepresence
Lectern); venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson of Draper Fisher Jurvetson;
K. Eric Drexler, Founder and Chairman of Foresight Institute; James
N. Gardner, author of Biocosm; John R. Koza, CEO of Genetic
Programming; Greg Papadopoulos, CTO of Sun Microsystems; Tim O'Reilly,
CEO of O'Reilly & Associates; Howard Bloom, author of Global
Brain; and Robert Wright, author of Nonzero.
will be 24 speakers, with overall participation limited to 300 attendees.
This will insure a rich and stimulating range of discussions as
we seek to understand:
What will the world be like if Moore’s Law continues for
another 30 years?
do we move beyond what Kurzweil calls the "intuitive linear"
view of the future?
do we better recognize highly probable and convergent technological
developments, such as social software, speech-driven computing,
and nanotechnology, to accelerate their humane benefits?
do we see past local evolutionary "noise" to deeper
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California. Our mission is to help business and society examine
the potential risks and benefits of the accelerating pace of change
through our conferences, reading groups, publications, websites,
and sense of community. For more information about ASF and ACC2003,
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