Accelerating Change 2004
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Physical Space, Virtual Space, and Interface
Stanford University, Palo Alto CA
November 5 - 7, 2004 (Completed)

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Accelerating Change 2004 was a great success!
Major thanks to our world-class speakers, sponsors, volunteers, and 300+ attendees.
See credits to meet the people who made it happen.
A few testimonials:

"A phenomenal opportunity to gain a multidisciplinary perspective on new trends in technology and the future." — Andrej Gregov,
"A first class event and one of the best that I've been at this year.
As good as Pop!Tech." — Dewayne Hendricks , Dandin Group
"One of the most stimulating meetings anywhere." Chris Peterson, Foresight
"If you want to know what will be happening in technology in the next 5-10 years, attend AC2005. Amazing ideas and dialog." — Richard Law
"The Accelerating Change conference helps me step outside my normal way of thinking to see a macro view of the evolution of technology." — Paul King

"Accelerating Change conferences offer the most "Wow! What a great idea!" moments available at any price, anywhere."
Eric Boyd
"The hallway conversations are as great as the sessions." — Jay Dean
"You accelerated my learning" Jay Cross
"Wow!!!" Lisa Tansey
"Think you're able to peer around corners?
Come to AC2005 and see who's three corners ahead of you."

"Attendance is essential for anyone concerned with
the future impact of technology on individuals and society."

AC2004 Audio:
Free streaming and downloads of conference audio, courtesy of Doug Kaye and our premiere media partner, IT Conversations.
Check here to see the archive of AC2004 speakers currently available. More added every month!

Speaker PowerPoints:
Visit Speaker Slides to see those currently available.

AC2004 DVDs:
Coming to Amazon in 2005, courtesy of Ted St. Rain at Accelerating Media.

AC2004 Pics:
AC2004 Picture Site (Courtesy Sam Coniglio, ASF staff photographer)
AC2004 at Flickr (Upload your public pics here!)
Steve Jurvetson's Flickr Pics

AC2004 Writeups:
FutureSalon/Evelyn Rodriguez:

Accelerating Change 2004 Kicks Off
AC2004: Day 1 Notes
AC2004: Day 2 Notes
Helen Greiner / Accelerating Change at iRobot
SAP's Agassi on Enterprise Agility and Future of Software
David Brin on Evaluating Horizons
Peter Norvig of Google: Web Search as a Force for Good
Will Wright Kicks off Day 2

Worldchanging/Jamais Cascio:

Gordon Bell on MyLifeBits
Notes from AC2004: The Transparency Debate
Dan Gillmor on We, The Media

Internet Time/Jay Cross

Accelerating Change 2004: The times, they are a changin' (nice pics)

Multiplayer Online Games Directory/Doug McIntyre:

Accelerating Change 2004: A Look Back to What's Ahead

Spectrum/David Duberman

Show Report: Accelerating Change 2004

Slashdot: Segway vs. Roomba.
Second Life: Prompt Criticality/Cory Ondrejka: Segway v. Roomba
Terra Nova: Accelerating Change 2004
TechNewsWorld/Sonia Arrison: 'Second Life' Lessons from a Virtual World
Gregor Rothfuss' Blog
Randy Moss' Blog

Forty-two leading change agents. Six keynotes.
Three themes. Three debates.
People and ideas that accelerate our world.
AC2004 Participant Statements

In the last quarter, $2.1 billion in venture capital—38% of all the venture money in the U.S. —was invested in Silicon Valley. (BusinessWeek 10.11.04). This was more than twice that invested in the next closest region (Boston). Which people, ideas and innovations will fuel the next long boom? Come find out at Accelerating Change 2004.

Physical Space
Keynote 1
Helen Greiner
Co-founder and Chairman of the Board, iRobot

  Physical Space
Keynote 2
Shai Agassi
Executive Board Member, SAP
Virtual Space
Keynote 1
Will Wright

Founder, Maxis
Creator, Sim City, The Sims
  Virtual Space
Keynote 2
Cory Ondrejka

VP of Product Development, Linden Lab, creators of Second Life
Keynote 1
Richard Marks
Special Projects Manager, Research and Development, Sony Computer Entertainment America

Keynote 2
Doug Engelbart
Digital Interface Legend
Founder, Bootstrap Institute


AC2004 Emcee
Sonia Arrison
Director of Technology Studies, Pacific Research Institute (PRI)

  AC2004 Emcee
Melanie Swan
President, Cygnet Capital
Change Leader
David Brin

Physicist, Science Fiction and Nonfiction Writer; Author, The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Privacy and Freedom?

Change Leader
Jim Spohrer

Director, Almaden Services Research, IBM Almaden

Change Leader
Cynthia Breazeale
Innovation Center & Strategic Programs Manager, Intel
  Change Leader
Dan Gillmor
Business and Technology Columnist, San Jose Mercury News
Author, We, the Media: Journalism By and For the People

Change Leader
Andreas Olligschlaeger
President, TruNorth Data Systems


Change Leader
Bruce Hall
President, Digital Auto Drive (Best Vision System at DARPA Grand Challenge)


Change Leader
Steve Jurvetson
Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

  AC2004 Moderator
Tom Cowper
Deputy Director, Statewide Wireless Network, New York State Office for
; Staff Inspector, New York State Police
Change Leader
Gee Rittenhouse
VP of Wireless Research, Lucent
  Change Leader
Gordon Bell
Project Director, MyLifeBits, Microsoft BARC
Change Leader
Nova Barlow
Online Community Developer, Themis Group
  Change Leader
Dana Blankenhorn
Technology Business Journalist and Consultant
Author, The Blankenhorn Effect: How to Put Moore's Law to Work for You

Change Leader
Joachim Schaper
Vice President Americas, SAP Research

Change Leader
Jaron Lanier

Founder, VPL Research
National Tele-Immersion Initiative, Computer Scientist, Composer, Artist
Change Leader
Milton Chen
CTO, VSee Lab

Change Leader
Clark Aldrich
Co-Founder, SimuLearn
Lead Designer, Virtual Leader;
Author, Simulations and the Future of Learning

Change Leader
Dewayne Hendricks
Wireless Activist; CEO, Dandin Group; Director, Wireless Task Force, GBOB Initiative
  Change Leader
Christine Peterson
Founder and Vice President, Foresight Institute; Author, Leaping the Abyss: Putting Group Genius to Work
Change Leader
Steve Salyer

President, Internet Gaming Entertainment (IGE)

Change Leader
Keith Halper
CEO and Co-Founder, Kuma Reality Games

Change Leader
Brad Templeton
Chairman, Electronic Frontier
  Change Leader
Jamie Hale
President, Gaming Open Market
Change Leader
Robin Harper
Senior VP, Linden Lab, creators of Second Life
  Change Leader
Jeremy Bailenson
Director, Virtual Human Interaction Lab; Assistant Professor, Stanford U.
Change Leader
Daniel James
CEO, Three Rings; Lead Designer, Yoho! Puzzle Pirates
  Change Leader
Brian Green
Co-Founder, Near Death Studios

Change Leader
Peter Norvig
Director of Search Quality, Google; Author, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach
(the world's leading texbook in AI)

  Change Leader
Peter Kaminski
CTO, Socialtext

Change Leader
John Mauldin
President, Millenium Wave Advisors; Author, Bull's Eye Investing: Targeting Real Returns in a Smoke and Mirrors Market

  Change Leader
Tim Sibley
Chief Scientist, StreamSage

Change Leader
Peter Thiel
Co-Founder/Former CEO, PayPal
President, Clarium Capital
The Diversity Myth: Multiculturalism and Political Intolerance On Campus

  Change Leader
BJ Fogg
Director of Research and Design, Persuasive Technology Lab, Stanford U; Author, Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do
Change Leader
Wlodek Zadrozny
Technologist, On Demand Innovation Services, IBM Research

Change Leader
Zack Rosen
Founder and Director, CivicSpace Labs; Creator, DeanSpace social software


Change Leader
Lada Adamic
Research Scientist, HP Labs

  Change Leader
Rich Skrenta
Co-Founder and CEO,

Change Leader
Alex Lightman

CEO, Charmed Technology; Chair, North American IPv6 Summits; Author Brave New Unwired World

  AC2004 Emcee
Mark Finnern

Collaboration Manager, SAP Developer Network; Blogger, O'Reilly Network; Board Member, ASF; Co-Producer, AC2004

Change Leader
John Smart
President, ASF

  Change Leader
Jerry Paffendorf
Director, ASF

This year's theme, Physical Space, Virtual Space, and Interface, analyzes the intersection of three monumental trends:

Accelerating interconnectivity of the physical world
Increasing accuracy of the simulated world
Growing intelligence of the human-machine interface

See topics for more details.

What is Accelerating Change? Accelerating Change is the premiere conference exploring the opportunities and challenges of accelerating technological change. Our conference exists to network the most broad minded, future-aware, practical and passionate speakers and participants. Each year we collectively consider the staggering changes occuring on our increasingly intelligent planet.

In today's fast-paced technological environment, understanding and guiding accelerating change involves a new way of thinking, learning to see the most powerful and broadly applicable innovations, processes, trends, and physical efficiencies, and discovering where, when, and how to harness those to create value in the modern world.

Every fall at Stanford University, Accelerating Change brings together world-class speakers and attendees to discuss today's most important trends in the science, technology, business, and social activism of accelerating change. Think Emerging Technologies (O'Reilly, MIT) but with a bigger picture, longer-term, strategic scope.

Speakers present a mix of analysis, forecasting, and action items, with multidisciplinary inquiry and a synthesis of technical, entrepreneurial, and social development dialogs.

Why Should You Attend? Accelerating Change promotes high-yield, multidisciplinary, and critical understanding of accelerating technological change in service to professional and personal development. You'll meet uniquely broad minded, synthetic-thinking practical futurists and change-makers here, and the connections you make will be among the most important, productive, and informative in your life.

Who Should Attend? Anyone with an interest or responsibility for trend tracking, forecasting, investing, competitive intelligence, strategic planning, policy analysis, product development, business development, and change management.

How does Computation Affect our Environment? Some examples:

Moore's Law. In 1964, Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, noted that CMOS transistor density doubles reliably every 18-24 months. In 1999, Ray Kurzweil noted this doubling trend has held for at least 110 years. What will this enable in 2015? In 2025?

Dickerson's Law. In 1977, Richard Dickerson, professor of physical chemistry at Caltech, noted that solved protein crystal structures had risen from one in 1961 to 23. He published a simple exponential formula which predicted that by March 2001, scientists would have solved 3-D structures for more than 12,000 proteins. He was only 57 short of the actual number. What other physical processes are so predictably computation dependent?

Smith's Law. In 1999, Alvy Ray Smith, Microsoft graphics guru and co-founder of Pixar, said "Reality is 80 million polygons." Joi Ito notes that Toy Story had 5-6 million polygons per frame. Toy Story 2 had twice that. Our best digital faces today have 100 motion control points. The actual Reality Transition may be 800 million polygons per frame and thousands of control points. We will reach that threshold within 15 years. What then?

Accelerating Change meta-themes: How do we use technology to rapidly and humanely improve our world? Where does the world need to be changed, and what do we need to protect in the process?

Need More? Read this special letter on the personal and professional benefits of the Accelerating Change community.

We hope you can join us at Stanford this November.


John Smart
President, ASF


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Special Events

• Preconference Speakers Salon

• Tech Night (Virtual Worlds and Tech Demos)

Collective Intelligence Dinner

Futuristically Incorrect

Evenings Out in Palo Alto

Stanford University Tour

Analysis • Forecasting • Action

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