2010: the Synergy of Molecular Manufacturing and AGI - Janua ry 16 - 17 in Palo Alto
- View SourceJanuary 16 - 17 in Palo Alto will be the conference Foresight 2010: the
Synergy of Molecular Manufacturing and AGI (http://foresight.org/conf2010/).
Several rapidly-developing technologies have the potential to undergo an
exponential takeoff in the next few decades, causing as much of an impact on
economy and society as the computer and networking did in the past few.
Chief among these are molecular manufacturing and artificial general
intelligence (AGI). Key in the takeoff phenomenon will be the establishment
of strong positive feedback loops within and between the technologies.
Positive feedback loops leading to exponential growth are nothing new to
economic systems. At issue is the value of the exponent: since the
Industrial Revolution, economies have expanded at rates of up to 7% per
year; however, computing capability has been expanding at rates up to 70%
per year, in accordance with Moore's Law. If manufacturing and intellectual
work shifted into this mode, the impact on the economy and society would be
profound. The purpose of this symposium is to examine the mechanisms by
which this might happen, and its likely effects.
Miguel F. Aznar
Director of Education
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