Meredith Doig

Meredith DoigPresident of the Rationalist Society of Australia (“We’re in favour of science and evidence as opposed to superstition and bigotry”).
Background in blue chip corporate business; board director of companies in commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors; consultant in governance and management.
Known as an effective moderator and speaker.

Current Activity

Director at University of Ballarat Council
President at Rationalist Society of Australia
Facilitator at Australian Institute of Company Directors

Strategic Advisor at Finsbury Green
Founding Chairman at Australian Friends of AUW
Director at Asian University for Women Support Foundation
Senior Moderator at The Cranlana Programme
Principal at Midlothian Consulting

Past Activity

Secretary and Treasurer at Rationalist Society of Australia
Director at Bakers Delight Holdings
Chair at MUSUL

Director at Port of Melbourne Corporation
Councillor at University of Melbourne
Deputy Chair at V/Line Passenger Corporation
Managing Director at Potentia Australia
General Manager at Zeal Consulting
Chief Manager at ANZ Bank

Education

RMIT University
Monash University

University of Melbourne
Fintona Girls’ School

Rationalist Society of AustraliaThe Rationalist Society of Australia was formed in 1908 to promote the adoption of ethical principles based on shared human values rather than religious doctrine. It defends freedom of thought and conscience, advocates separation of church and state, endorses and supports science and the scientific method, and works for the secularization of education systems.

 

 

Humanity Plus Conference in Melbourne – last weekend in June (25th-26th)

Humanity Plus Summit - 25th and 26th of June 2011About: H+ Conf in Melbourne this year, 2011, on the last weekend in June (25th-26th).

Directions: Melbourne Uni Graduate HouseAddress: 220 Leicester Street, Carlton Victoria 3053 – Google Map

 

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The goal of the H+ Conference is to support discussion and public awareness of emerging technologies, to defend the right of individuals in free and democratic societies to adopt technologies that expand human capacities, to anticipate and propose solutions for the potential consequences of emerging technologies, and to actively encourage and support the development of emerging technologies judged to have sufficiently probable positive benefit.
Humanity Plus Summit @Melbourne June 25-26 2011

James Newton-Thomas

James Newton-Thomas
James Newton-Thomas

James is Director at Second Tree Pty Ltd and Director at Gestalt Australia Pty Ltd. He is an independent consultant on field robotics and has team managed and deployed several mining and military systems. His company was fully acquired by Caterpillar in 2005. He was a speaker at the Singularity Summit Australia 2010.

James was an early developer of AI systems in Australia developing loan officer systems used in the major banks in Australia in the 80s using neural networks and adaptive expert systems. This work was extended through the 90s into high energy laser development including phased array lasers and adaptive vision systems.

His later interests and area of work is in the engineering of machine consciousness, specifically the phenomenology of consciousness, and the development of quantum Turing architectures.

James earned his M.AppSci at RMIT University, Australia. He currently works in Melbourne and is working towards his Ph.D. Read his LinkedIn profile.

He is an independent consultant on field robotics and has team managed and deployed several mining and military systems. His company was fully acquired by Caterpillar in 2005. He was an early developer of AI systems in Australia developing loan officer systems used in the major banks in Australia in the 80s using neural networks and adaptive expert systems. This work was extended through the 90s into high energy laser development including phased array lasers James Newton-Thomas Second Treeand adaptive vision systems. His later interests and area of work is in the engineering of machine consciousness, specifically the phenomenology of consciousness, and the development of quantum Turing architectures.

He currently works in Melbourne and is (slowly) giving himself time to work towards his PhD.

Convergences

James presented at the Singularity Summit AU in 2010. The presentation was entitled “Convergences”.

Abstract: The Singularity is a clear and present danger. The problem with developing Strong AI is what goes into its seed, its initial conditions. It could prove very problematic if the Singularity sprouts from a Strong AI created by someone who’s ideology includes enslaving the world, or for some other completely selfish reasons.

James Newton-Thomas “Convergences” – Singularity Summit AU 2010 from Adam A. Ford on Vimeo.

James Newton-Thomas “Convergences” – Singularity Summit AU 2010 from Adam A. Ford on Vimeo.

James was also on a panel:

 

Panel – Longevity – Singularity Summit AU 2010 from Adam A. Ford on Vimeo.

Panel – Longevity – Singularity Summit AU 2010 from Adam A. Ford on Vimeo.

Singularity Summit Australia – September 2010

The Singularity Summit Australia 2010 is a rare gathering of thinkers to explore the rising impact of science and technology on society. The summit has been organized to further the understanding of a controversial idea – the Singularity scenario.

This is the very first Singularity Summit outside the US – and it will be held in Melbourne, Australia on the 7th, 10th(fri), 11th and the 12th(sun) of Sept.
This Summit held in Melbourne with local luminaries and big thinkers will be an excellent opportunity to see many inspiring talks and discussion panels.
To get an idea of the level of quality of presentations given in previous years go to the Singularity Instutute Media page.
This is your chance to hear world-class speakers, and meet Australian and internationally acclaimed enthusiasts, geeks, transhumanists, singularitarianists, skeptics, humanists, rationalists and possibly even academics and scientists in one of Australia’s most vibrant and exciting cities.

We hope you will join us on September 7th, 10th, 11th & 12th.
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Singularity Summit 2010

The Singularity Summit this year will be held at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, California on Aug 14-15th.
“The first Singularity Summit was held at Stanford in 2006 to further understanding and discussion about the Singularity concept and the future of human technological progress. It was founded as a venue for leading thinkers to explore the subject, whether scientist, enthusiast, or skeptic.

Since 2006, the scope of this dialog has expanded dramatically. In 2008, the Singularity entered mainstream consideration. IEEE Spectrum, a sober and mainstream technology publication, issued a special report on the Singularity, and Intel CTO Justin Rattner remarked that “we’re making steady progress toward the Singularity” during his keynote to 2,000 people at the Intel Developer Forum. What was once a relatively unknown concept is now being discussed in corporate board rooms.

We invite you to join our extraordinary group of visionaries in business, science, technology, design, and the arts, as our community explores this exciting topic. Your participation offers a world of powerful ideas, a unique networking opportunity, and access to an exclusive directory of your peers.”