First ACC2003 Conference: Day 1

Tressider Union, Stanford University
Saturday, September 13, 2003, 9 am-midnight

Edited by Peter Y. Chou

Preface: I missed the ACC2003 Friday reception and mixer (7-9 pm) since it was more important to attend the Autumn Moon Festival Dinner at Aegis Gardens in Fremont with Mom. When I got to Stanford's Tressider Union around 9:30 pm, most of the attendees had gone to the optional no-host dinners off-campus. Tyler Emerson, the Vice President of IAC, was still around. On the ACC2003 website, he mentiond that most of the volunteers positions were filled "but if you have a particular talent and passion to contribute to the success of this event", please contact him. I showed Tyler my passion for research on "accelerating change"— typing up John Smart's Stanford Teach-In Lecture "Understanding the Singularity" and the "Singularity Resources" web pages I compiled. After seeing all the work I did, Tyler extended me a complimentary pass to the conference. Thank you Tyler.

I got the 7:47 am Bus 22 to the Crown Plaza Cabana Hotel on El Camino where most of the attendees were staying. The ACC2003 Conference had a Shuttle Bus to Stanford every half-hour. I took the 8 am Shuttle and got to the Conference at 8:30 am. At the registration desk, I gave them the form where Tyler had signed me on for a complimentary pass. When they asked me for my name & title for the ID tag, I said: "Peter Y. Chou, poet,". There were lots of Krispy Kreme donuts, bagels, Starbucks coffee and tea for the morning attendees. Since I already had cereal and fruits for breakfast, I refrained myself from eating or drinking more. The opening session at 9 am was delayed over half-an-hour because of technical glitches in setting up Ray Kurzweil's 3D Telepresence Lecture. The lobby was buzzing with lots of chats and networking of the ACC2003 attendees. I found myself next to Dr. Joel Orr (VP & Chief Visionary of Cyon Research, Chesapeake, VA). He was on the Shuttle Bus and I was amazed at his cool demeanor with suit and tie on a day that approached the upper 90's in temperature. We conversed about creativity, and Joel mentioned Dorothea Brande's Becoming a Writer. It's a 1934 classic which I've read long ago and have forgotten. Thanks Joel for reminding me about this gem. When the session finally got underway, the Oak Lounge was packed with around 300 attendees. Joel sat on my right, to my left was Gregor J. Rothfuss, a Software Architect from Wyona AG, Zurich. Nearby was Michael E. Muston, CEO of MemWeb, Monaco. Looks like we have a global audience here— all fascinated by the idea of accelerating change. When time permits, I'll type up my notes taken during the conference. For those who wish to have the entire transcript of the ACC2003 Conference on DVD, order it from their official site.

Time Speaker/Activity
9:00-9:25 am Sonia Arrison, John Smart, Steve Jurvetson— Introduction
9:25-10:00 am Ray Kurzweil (via 3D Telepresence Lectern)—
Analysis Keynote
Accelerating Technology in the 21st Century
10:10 am-Noon Ray Kurzweil, Michael Denton, & Ilkka Tuomi—
Analysis Debate
Why Organisms Are Not Machines (Denton)
Moore's Law and Kurzweil's Hypothesis (Tuomi)
Debate: Evaluating Kurzweil's "Law of Accelerating Returns"
Noon-1:15 pm LUNCH
1:00-2:00 pm K. Eric Drexler— Analysis Breakouts
Nanotechnology: Toward the Feynman Vision
2:00-3:00 pm Ben Goertzel— Analysis Breakouts
Artificial General Intelligence
3:00-4:00 pm James N. Gardner— Speculation Keynote The Selfish Biocosm Hypothesis
4:00-4:45 pm William A. Dembski & Nick Bostrom— Analysis Breakouts
Infinite Universe or Intelligent Design? (Dembski)
Observation Selection Theory (Bostrom)
4:45-5:15 pm James N. Gardner, William A. Dembski, & Nick Bostrom—
Speculations Debate
An Anthropic Universe:
Replication, 'Intelligent Design,' or Ensemble?
5:30-6:30 pm Greg Papadopoulos— Speculation Breakouts
Network Entropy: A Driver of Change
9:00-10:00 pm Reports from Collective Intelligence Dinner
10:00-11:00 pm John Smart— Nightowl Session
Development and the Singularity:
Understanding Accelerating Change
11 pm-12:30 am Howard Bloom (via video & teleconference)
"An Infinity of Singularities":
From Big Bang to the 23rd Century

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