The Speculist: FastForward Radio -- Countdown to Foresight 2010 (Part 1)


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FastForward Radio -- Countdown to Foresight 2010 (Part 1)

Futurist Michael Anissimov and nanotechnologist Ralph Merkle join us as we begin a special series leading up Foresight 2010. The conference, January 16-17 in Palo Alto, California, provides a unique opportunity to explore the convergence of nanotechnology and artificial intelligence and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Foresight Institute.

About our guests:

Michael Anissimov is a science/technology writer and consultant. He is the creative force behind one of the leading futurist blogs, Accelerating Future. He is a co-founder of the Immortality Institute and the Media Director for the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

Ralph Merkle received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1979 where he co-invented public key cryptography. He joined Xerox PARC in 1988, where he pursued research in security and computational nanotechnology until 1999. He was a Nanotechnology Theorist at Zyvex until 2003, when he joined the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Professor of Computing until 2006. He is a Director of Alcor, on the faculty at Singularity University, a co-founder of the Nanofactory Collaboration and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing. He was co-recipient of the 1998 Feynman Prize for Nanotechnology for theory, the ACM's Kanellakis Award for Theory and Practice, the IEEE Kobayashi Award and the 2000 RSA Award in Mathematics. Dr. Merkle has fourteen patents, has published extensively and has given hundreds of talks. His home page is at


  • Attend Foresight 2010.
  • Why attend?
    Terrific exposure to the technologies that are transforming our world
    A chance to meet and interact with those who are shaping these technologies and our thinking about the future.
  • Artificial intelligence and nanotechnology are closely related and interdependent technologies. This conference provides the opportunity to understand theire relationship better.
  • Michael provides an overview of his topic at Foresight 2010 -- the risks of assuming that non-human intelligences are more like us than they really are
  • Ralph gives a sneak preview of his talk on developing the toolkit that will deliver true nanotechnology
  • Other important events / info resources include:
    Singularity Summit
    Singularity University


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Great guests, thanks for this.

Anonymous --

Just a posting glitch. We don't normally set those to auto-play. Should be fixed now.

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