Singularity Summit, Aug. 14-15, on intelligence augmentation

Oooohhh! This looks really interesting. One day, I'll make the free
time/money to go to things like this...


Singularity Summit
August 14-15, 2010
San Francisco, California

Many Foresight leaders and members will be gathering at this year's
Singularity Summit in San Francisco, expected to draw up to 1100
participants. Experts in fields including animal intelligence,
artificial intelligence, brain-computer interfacing, tissue
regeneration, medical ethics, computational neurobiology, augmented
reality, and more will share their latest research and explore its
implications for the future of humanity.

It's a bit pricey, but it's for a good cause, and there are student and
referral discounts plus discounts on the hotel rooms. I can testify
that this is a fun and stimulating event, and if a particular talk is
not in your area of interest, just go out into the hallway and meet lots
of interesting people.

Speakers include Ray Kurzweil, James Randi, Greg Stock, and Anita Goel
(who won Foresight's student prize back in 1999).

Full speaker list:

The press release is worth reading:

Info on discounts:

I look forward to speaking with you there!

Best wishes,

Christine Peterson
President, Foresight Institute
Advisor, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
tel +1 (650) 289 0860 ext 255

Wocka: Joke of the Day

The Wocka.com Joke of the Day for Jun 12, 2010 is:

A man stepped onto the overnight train and told the conductor, "I need
you to wake me up in Philadelphia. I'm a deep sleeper and can be ornery
when I get up, but no matter what, I want you to help me make that stop.
Here's $100 to make sure."

The conductor agreed. The man fell asleep, and when he awoke he heard
the announcement that the train was approaching New York. Furious, he
collared the conductor. "I gave you $100 to make sure I got off in
Philadelphia, you worthless fool!"

"Wow," another passenger said to his traveling companion. "Is that guy
ever mad!"
"Yeah," his companion replied. "But not half as mad as that guy they
forced off the train in Philadelphia."

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Two New Milestones

It's odd, but I just realized that this week I've hit two major milestones.

One is obvious. I'm turning 40 on Saturday.

The other is less obvious. I've been losing weight over the past 15 weeks with Weight Watchers. I've lost 36.4 lbs. If I lose 100 lbs, I'll have a BMI at almost exactly 25. I would no longer be overweight! I don't think I've been in that territory since pre-adolescence.

If I could maintain a consistent weight loss of 2 lbs a week, I could hit that goal by my next birthday. If I lost at 1 lb a week, I could do it in two years. Barring plateaus, meltdowns, quitting, and any other potential barriers that I may face, I might be able to do it. (So far, I've lost an average of 2.4 lbs/week.)

So, here's to living on the edge for the next 1-2 years.
I'll be Skinny Me!

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