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GLOBAL CATASTROPHIC RISKS: Building a Resilient Civilization

November 14-15, 2008
Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA

http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/eventinfo/ieet20081114/

Organized by: Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology and the Lifeboat Foundation

A day-long seminar on threats to the future of humanity, natural and man-made, and the pro-active steps we can take to reduce these risks and build a more resilient civilization. Seminar participants are strongly encouraged to pre-order and review the Global Catastrophic Risks volume edited by Nick Bostrom and Milan Cirkovic, and contributed to by some of the faculty for this seminar.

This seminar will precede the futurist mega-gathering Convergence 08, November 15-16 at the same venue, which is co-sponsored by the IEET, Humanity Plus (World Transhumanist Association), the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the Immortality Institute, the Foresight Institute, the Long Now Foundation, the Methuselah Foundation, the Millenium Project, Reason Foundation and the Accelerating Studies Foundation.

AGENDA
8:30am-9amRegistration, Coffee, Bagels
9am-9:15amWelcome and IntroductionsWATCH - LISTEN
9:15am-10amAnders Sandberg PhD, Oxford University
“Global Catastrophic Risks: An Overview, and Caution about Risk Assessments”
WATCH - LISTEN
10am-10:30amJamais Cascio, IEET Fellow, and research affiliate, Institute for the Future
“Building Civilizational Resilience”
WATCH - LISTEN
10:30am-11:00amEliezer Yudkowsky, Research Associate. Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
“Cognitive Biases in the Assessment of Risk”
WATCH - LISTEN
11:00am-11:30amMartin Hellman PhD, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University  
“Risk Analysis of Nuclear Deterrence”
WATCH - LISTEN
11:30am-12:00pmBruce Damer, CEO, DigitalSpace & Director, Contact Consortium
“Asteroids and Comets: Mitigating Impact Risks and Stepping Stones to a Sustainable Space Program”
WATCH - LISTEN
12:00am-12:45pmPizza Lunch
12:45pm-1pmPrimer on Molecular Manufacturing
1:00pm-1:30pmMike Treder, Executive Director, Center for Responsible Nanotechnology
“Nanotechnology’s Global Risk and Promises of Resilience”
WATCH - LISTEN
1:30pm-2:00pmTad Hogg PhD, Social Computing Laboratory, Hewlett Packard
“Distributed Surveillance with MEMS or Nano-scale Sensors”
WATCH - LISTEN
2:00pm-2:30pmKattesh V. Katti PhD, Director, Cancer Nanotechnology Platform, Professor of Radiology, University of Missouri
“Green Nanotechnology: An Economic And Scientific Initiative For the Future Of Human Civilization”
WATCH - LISTEN
2:30pm-3:00pmAlan Goldstein PhD, CEO of Industrial Nanobiotechnology
“The A-Prize: Tracking The Global Race To Break The Carbon Barrier”
WATCH - LISTEN
3:00pm-3:15pmCoffee Break
3:15pm-3:45pmJ. Storrs Hall PhD, author Beyond AI
“The Weather Machine: Nano-enabled Climate Control for the Earth”
WATCH - LISTEN
3:45pm-4:15pmGeorge Dvorsky, Director, IEET
“Risks Posed by Political Extremism”
WATCH - LISTEN
4:15pm-4:45pmJames J. Hughes PhD, Exec. Director, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
“Strengthening Transnational Governance to Mitigate Risks”
WATCH - LISTEN
4:45pm-5pmJamais Cascio, IEET Fellow, and research affiliate, Institute for the Future
“Strategies for Civilizational Resilience in the Face of Global Catastrophic Risks”
WATCH - LISTEN

RESOURCES:

Essays on Global Catastrophic Risks


REGISTRATION:

At the door: $150 Seminar registration (includes continental breakfast and lunch)


ABOUT THE VENUE

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Computer History Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computing history. They are home to one of the largest international collections of computing artifacts. The Museum plays a unique role in the history of the computing revolution and its worldwide impact on the human experience.

Computer History Museum
1401 N Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043


RECOMMENDED HOTEL

Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel
1100 North Mathilda Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA. 94089
Tel: 408-745-6000

$95.00 USD per night + tax, includes free San Jose airport shuttle.

The Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel is truly an escape with its serene setting, beautifully landscaped grounds, and picture perfect weather. With the look and feel of a resort and efficiency of a corporate center, they are a great choice for any traveler. Situated in the heart of Silicon Valley, their location on the edge of Moffett Business Park places you just minutes away from shopping, dining, entertainment, and recreational choices.

Make Hotel Reservation Online

Hotel parking is free to visitors and hotel guests. Venue parking is free to conference attendees.


AIRPORT INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Norman Y. Mineta International Airport (SJC) is located in San Jose 7 miles from the Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel, and 10.5 miles from the Computer History Museum.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is located 27 miles from the Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel and 25 miles from the Computer History Museum.

Ground Transportation

The Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from San Jose International Airport.

Taxis

Taxis to and from San Jose International Airport (SJC) are approximately $20 one way.

Taxis to and from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) are approximately $70 one way.

Rental Car

Budget: (800) 527-0700 | Enterprise: (800) 736-8222 | Hertz: (800) 654-3131

Driving Directions to Venue

Computer History Museum
1401 N Shoreline Blvd.

From San Jose via US-101-North

* Take US-101 North toward San Francisco.
* Take Shoreline Blvd exit.
* Turn right onto Shoreline Blvd.
* Cross through intersection, Museum is on your right.

From San Francisco via US-101-South

* Take US-101 South toward San Jose.
* Turn left onto Shoreline Blvd.
* Cross through intersection, Museum is on your right.
* Take Shoreline Blvd exit.

From East Bay via I-880-South

* Take I-880 South toward San Jose.
* Merge onto CA-237 West toward Mountain View.
* Merge onto US-101 North toward San Francisco.
* Take Shoreline Blvd exit.
* Turn right onto Shoreline Blvd.
* Cross through intersection, Museum is on your right.

WEATHER

The forecast is for a sunny day, with a high of 75F and a low in the 50s.

DRESS

Dress is casual, so no ties or cocktail dresses. Just relaxed style.

SECURITY

Event badges will be issued at registration, and must be worn at all times during the event.

MORE INFORMATION

James Hughes Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Trinity College, Williams 229B, 300 Summit St., Hartford CT 06106, USA
director@ieet.org, (860) 297-2376

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