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Robot Panelists, AI and the Future of Identity

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In the future, we aren't going to fight the robots, we're going to become the robots. In fact, it may be even sooner -- like, now. We’ll have an AI-powered panelist taking questions from the audience.Oh, we'll have some great biological panelists, too. They'll discuss artificial intelligence, digital life forms, and the future of identity. Along the way we’ll learn: * Just how close we are to seeing self-aware, digital life forms * How new AI technology might enhance our biological lives * How digital avatars might keep living for you after you dieThe singularity won't be televised, folks. We'll make sure you don't miss it.



Bruce Duncan M Ed Managing Dir Terasem Movement Foundation LifeNaut Project

Bruce Duncan is the Managing Director of the Terasem Movement Foundation,Lincoln, Vermont.

He is currently managing the Lifenaut Project which is exploring the creation of "mindfiles" and the transfer of human consciousness to computer avatars.

He is also the Managing Producer of Terasem Media and Films, which recently completed "2B: The Era of Flesh is Over" a feature length science fiction film about society's reaction to the introduction of the first bio/tech hybrid humans.

He lives with his family on the western slopes of the Green Mountains of Vermont.

John Romano Author & Researcher The Digital Beyond

John is an interaction designer and ardent cultural observer who researches and writes about the mass adoption of digital tools. His work centers on the change digital technology is having on the way see ourselves and the we interact with each other.

John is one of the earliest scholars of the digital afterlife. He started his research in 2008 and has written and presented extensively on the topic.

Stephen Reed Artificial Intelligence Entrepreneur Texai

Stephen Reed is the founder of, which is a startup to create artificial intelligence. His approach is to first construct a bootstrap English dialog system that will acquire linguistic and commonsense skills to improve its own performance. Prior to forming, Steve worked seven years at Cycorp, Inc., the creators of the Cyc Knowledge Base, where he managed several DARPA-sponsored projects.

His interests include: The Singularity, Artificial General Intelligence, AGI-suitable Computer Architecture, English Dialog Systems, Reading Comprehension, Knowledge Representation, Knowledge and Skill Acquisition, Learning, Hierarchical Control Systems, Automatic Programming, Robotics, Nanotechnology, and Life Extension.

Steve authored Mapping Ontologies into Cyc (with Doug Lenat), and Semantic Annotation for Persistence.

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