BarCampChristchurch recap

So BarCampChristchurch went pretty well. Quite a few interesting talks/discussions and I think my talk on the Singularity held some interest for people:

It’s also fortuitous that the BarCamp was on the Friday before the Singularity Summit 2007 because it meant I could at least pretend I was attending! On a side note, the Summit got on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Ben Kepes and Marek Kuziel live-blogged the event. There were even some rumours of video being recorded. I’ll make an update if that eventuates (and I don’t look like a daft fool).

I enjoyed going out for beer and Indian dinner afterwards. Met a bunch of interesting web types, which was cool because I’ve been somewhat isolated from the web-tech world while doing my PhD in an Ecology department. I also heard some more about The Valley In Christchurch meals, which I’d like to attend… once I’ve exumed myself from the monetary grave I am in right now!


#1   siggi on 09.11.07 at 6:21 am

Great. That encourages me to upload my presentation from April this year in Essen to slidehare and perhaps the presentation from 1997. I choose a very different route to make it plausible and did hold nothing back. Not even Kardashev ;-)

#2   BillK on 09.11.07 at 7:10 am

Good job! It is difficult to simplify these ideas for the general public.
Just a few comments which might be useful.

I don’t like the ‘Rapture of the Nerds’ on the title slide.
*We* know it’s an in-joke, but it gives the wrong impression to strangers to these ideas.

On slide 4, re ‘Magic’, in your talk you might refer your audience to the mysteries of their
computers. The ‘brain’ is what looks like a solid square tile, yet it contains millions of transistors
and does all the thinking.

On slide 5, re direct brain-computer interfaces, you might refer to how quickly mobile phones have
become indispensable. They may be the first thing to be directly interfaced to the brain.

On slide 8, you might also talk about DARPA research and all the Japanese robot work.

On slide 11, a misspelling. Should be ‘Can an intelligent entity ….’

#3   Joel on 09.11.07 at 5:32 pm

@siggi: thanks – i’d be keen to see them!

@BillK: Thanks for the advice. I wasn’t sure whether to include the “Rapture of the Nerds” quote – but I wanted to keep the presentation quite light and keep a rapport with the audience. In essence saying, I know this is pretty far out and slightly cult sounding, but please hear me out.

The other points are good. I’ll fix the spelling mistake and if I present this again I’ll include the suggested info in what I speak about.

#4   siggi on 09.12.07 at 2:06 am

I did choose a different path of argumentation. If you have a bunch of not so technical informed people its all about plausibility. So I started off with clima. Its all the rage in the news and the horizon of forecast is a meager 100 years. Why is it, that its legitimate to think about climate change in 2050 or 2100 and not about major technological change in 10 or 20 years?

That was my intro/hook/peg to introduce these non-geeks with all major technological trends which can be expected in the next few decades.

Introduction to the technological Singularity by Siggi Becker

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