Convergence08: Unconferencing Begins

Gary at Future Blogger just did a nice summary of the AI session here at Convergence 08, where we are now getting the housekeeping spiel and speakers are putting up the proposed sessions.

So far the tone of the conference is great – very professional with serious people and companies coming together to discuss the technologies that are very likely to re-invent the world over the coming decades.   Very pleased to see Pell and Norvig – both of whom represent companies and perspectives that understand and represent the critical intersection of commercial success and innovation.

Convergence08: AI Debate

The group panel and discussion kicks off with four experts in artificial intelligence who will discuss how to best harness the power of AI to build a better world.   This from the conference session descriptions:
Artificial Intelligence: the next level

To kick off Convergence08, we’ll hear a very different AI debate: not whether to create AI, or which technical path will work fastest, but “How can we use AI technology to build the world we want to live in?” Four AI pundits thrash it out, and then we all join in!

Live from Convergence08 Conference

Mountain View, California: Convergence08 conference.  Hundreds of people are gathering here at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View “Bringing Life to Big Ideas”.    The focus is on four core technologies and how they will change the world dramatically in the coming decades:   Infotech, Cogtech, Nanotech, and Biotech.

I’m especially interested in hearing from Peter Norvig, Google researcher and the guy who – literally – wrote the textbook on Artificial Intelligence.

So far the organization of this conference is very impressive though it’s not clear how many are attending.    The group keynote begins in about 20 minutes.