The topic of Singularity is heating up as more people discuss what will become of the human race when computers exceed our intelligence. This presentation explores several theories about the future of mankind and points out how the technology leading us there is already HERE. “The Singularity is Near” is a book and movie written by futurist and prominent Singularitarian, Ray Kurzweil. It is a documentary with a B-line drama where Ray’s digital alter ego Ramona sets off on a quest to pass the Turing Test. Passing this test signifies the day computers can “think”, which came close to occurring a few years ago and is not far off. Learn what milestones we have already reached toward Singularity and what technologies present and future are leading us there. We will explore Location Based Services, Augmented Reality, Bio-Feedback and Smart Agents. We will analyze current trends in Bio-Technology, Nano-Technology, Computing and Robotics and discuss the possibility of Digital Immortality.
Todd Marks is the CEO and President of Mindgrub Technologies (www.mindgrub.com), a Flash, Social Media and Mobile Applications Consultancy, and viaPlace (www.viaplace.com), a white-label Location Based Services and Augmented Reality Framework.
Marks is an information architect and user experience specialist, focusing on the design and development of cutting edge information systems. He founded Mindgrub in 2002 to focus on the creation of web applications that enable instant information travel and has developed enterprise systems for a wide range of clients from government to private industry and educational institutions.
Marks has been featured in several technical journals and newscasts such as the Baltimore Business Journal, The Baltimore Sun, Newsweek and CNN. He speaks regularly at conferences such as NAB, SALT and the Government Video show, and has won numerous awards for his efforts, including several marketing and Addy awards and a 1st Place in DCI's Portal Excellence Awards Competition.
Marks has written and contributed to a number of books including Flash Magic, New Masters of Flash and Web Design in a Nutshell. He teaches Instructional Technology at the University of Maryland (UMBC), and manages the education portal EdInfo.tv (www.edinfo.tv). He implements education performance visualization tools utilizing Mindgrub's rich charting framework Edualizer (www.edualizer.com), and is a Board Member of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council (GBTC)
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