Singularity Summit 2011

Just a quick note to say that I’m very excited about attending this year’s Singularity Summit on October 15th-16th, even though the program may be a little more skewed towards computers this year; I always hope to see more along the lines of synthetic biology and genomics, but I’m sure topics will tend that way regardless. There’s still time to register – let me know if you’ll be attending, and we can meet up! It may seem a little pricy, but it’s worth the cost to hear the sessions and meet the people – it’s much more scientifically and engineering inclined than TED is, and I enjoy that immensely. Check out some of their past videos.

I also think it’s worthwhile to point out that plenty, if not the majority, of the speakers and attendees are skeptics and realists; very few there will be “nerd rapture” types. And the talks are about real science and engineering work that’s happening now, not science fiction about speculative futures. If you want to get a real picture of the cutting edge of science and technology today, this is the place to be.

I’ll be livetweeting the conference all weekend, and will post a summary of my thoughts and impressions here on the blog. Maybe this time I’ll get a straight answer out of Peter Thiel (listen for me during the Q&A at the end where I ask him about social justice and economic parity in Singularity)…