From: Brian Atkins (email@example.com)
Date: Sun May 13 2001 - 18:33:54 MDT
Some of you may not have seen this... SIAI/Eliezer will be (heading up?)
on the Saturday morning panel regarding machine intelligence/threat or
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Subject: EXTRO-5: Shaping Things to Come, June 15-17, 2001
Date: Sun, 13 May 2001 12:32:44 -0700
From: Max More <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Extropians -- here is the press release for Extro-5. If you haven't checked
the conference pages recently, please note that there have been quite a few
I'd very much appreciate it if you could forward this to any person or
group who you think is likely to be interested. (But please don't spam
lists that aren't likely to be interested!)
If you are coming to Extro-5 but have not yet registered, I urge you to do
soon as soon as possible. It helps us with planning (especially arranging
the right number of banquet meals) and reduces congestion at the
For Immediate Release
THE FUTURE'S BIG THINKERS
CONFRONT ISSUES AND DEVELOP SOLUTIONS
E X T R O - 5 Conference: Shaping Things to Come
San Jose, California, June 15-17, 2001
We cannot ignore the growing confusion, concern, and opposition to the
technologies that can improve and transform the human condition.
Strident voices and legislation threaten to hold back progress in biotech,
information technology, the spread of open markets, and the development of
technologies that could cure age-old ailments, extend our lives and augment
The Extro-5 international conference assembles big thinkers from numerous
fields to provoke our culture to think more carefully about the more
plausible perils of progress and to shape the future for the better.
Extro-5 will respond to influential figures who oppose the development of
powerful new technologies. Bill Joy has called for limits on free speech to
stop the spread of certain technologies. He is joined by various
"ethicists" and even Prince Charles in calling for a moratorium on genetic
technologies. Others oppose technologies such as stem cell research that
could cure disease and extend life spans.
At Extro-5, a unique convergence of experts will separate the real concerns
from those rooted in lack of knowledge or unexamined or outdated
assumptions. Each session will bring together several high powered thinkers
to examine the impact of advanced and accelerating technology, to look at
opportunities and to anticipate and proactively address potential problems.
These big thinkers and achievers will address issues around four major themes:
-- Machine Super-Intelligence -- Threat or Opportunity?
-- Thriving in the Information Economy
-- Mastering the Information Explosion
-- Overcoming Resistance to Superlongevity and Augmentation
Each issue will be explored from multiple disciplines while allowing ample
time for interaction between audience and presenters. The Extro-5
conference goes beyond voicing the views of the top experts. It also
provides an unmatched networking opportunity for those seeking to shape the
future for the better.
Big thinkers at Extro-5: "Shaping Things to Come" include inventor,
entrepreneur, and writer Ray Kurzweil, leading information economist Hal
Varian, science correspondent Ronald Bailey, leading information economy
strategist Steve Flinn, cyberspace economist David Friedman, best-selling
author Greg Bear, extropic philosopher Max More, evolutionary biologist
Michael Rose, artist and cultural catalyst Natasha Vita-More, co-architect
of the pre-Web Xanadu hypertext system Mark Miller, and other leading
thinkers from computing, artificial intelligence, law, "hard" science
fiction, Internet technologies, neuroscience, and business.
Don't miss out on this singular chance to listen to and network with those
who are shaping the future. Stimulate your brain, expand your vision of the
future, make contacts for your interests and businesses. Attendance is
limited, so register now to secure your place.
For more information, visit the Extropy Institute conference Web site
email email@example.com or call conference Chair Max More at 310-823-3594
Max More, Ph.D.
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
President, Extropy Institute. http://www.extropy.org
Senior Content Architect, ManyWorlds Inc.: http://www.manyworlds.com
Chair, Extro-5: Shaping Things to Come, http://www.extropy.org/ex5/extro5.htm
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