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28 July, 2005
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AC2005 will feature 45+ world-class speakers and 350+ distinguished attendees discussing the increasing intelligence of machines (artificial intelligence or AI), the evolving effectiveness of technology-aided humans (intelligence amplification or IA), and how these twin accelerating trends are shaping our future.

Come meet Vernor Vinge, Ray Kurzweil, George Gilder, Daniel Amen, Esther Dyson, Steve Jurvetson, Peter Thiel, Harold Morowitz, Marcos Guillen, Beth Noveck, Janna Anderson, Philip Rosedale, Eric Boehnisch-Volkmann, Blake Ross, David Fogel, Robert Hecht-Nielsen, Ron Kaplan, Patrick Lincoln, Ruzena Bajcsy, T. Colin Campbell, Scott Rafer, Cecily Sommers, and special host Moira Gunn. See all speakers confirmed to date.

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Janna Anderson, George Gilder, Ron Kaplan, and Patrick Lincoln join AC2005 Presenters
Recently added speakers include Janna Anderson, Elon U. Professor, head of the Internet Predictions Database, and author of Imagining the Internet, 2005; George Gilder, Editor in Chief of the famous Gilder Technology Report, Chairman of Gilder Publishing, and author of the bestselling books Microcosm, 1990 ; Telecosm, 2000, and Silicon Eye, 2005; Ron Kaplan, Fellow in the Intelligent Systems Laboratory at Palo Alto Research Center; and Patrick Lincoln, Director of the Computer Science Lab at SRI International. These technology scholars, researchers, and futurists have some fascinating things to say about today's technology trends. Together, they are great complement to the entrepreneurs, social change leaders, and other forward-thinkers at Accelerating Change 2005. Come meet them all at Stanford this September!

200 Free Advance Copies of Singularity is Near
Keynote speaker and internationally-renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil will present free signed advance copies of his upcoming book, The Singularity is Near, which will be released nationally four days after the conference, to the first 200 registrants at Accelerating Change 2005. Additional copies will also be available for sale to conference participants. One of 2005's most anticipated new books, The Singularity is Near extensively makes the provocative case for accelerating and increasingly human-surpassing technological and computer advances in coming decades, and proposes a global "phase transition" circa 2040 where many forms of higher human thinking may be exceeded by global computing systems.

Kurzweil argues these systems will be seen not as separate from us, but as our increasingly personalized electronic extensions. If true, how can we ensure this will be an economically productive, socially stabilizing, and individually empowering transition? What are the major risks to be avoided? How do we protect the freedoms of those not interested in participating in this "digital future?" What might prevent or delay this scenario?

Attendees will have ample opportunity to explore these issues in an extended Q&A with Ray at AC2005, moderated by science radio personality Moira Gunn, host of NPR’s Tech Nation. Mr. Kurzweil is an inductee of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, a winner of the Lemelson-MIT prize and the National Medal of Technology, and the founder of nine very successful technology companies. His internationally best-selling 1999 book, The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence has been published in nine languages.

What's Next in Commercial or Consumer Robotics? Win A Roomba at AC2005
Robotics pioneer iRobot has donated five Roombas to Accelerating Change 2005. We will raffle all five for the best 100-word (or less) answers to the question "What's Next in Commercial or Consumer Robotics?" by AC2005 attendees by 2pm on Sunday, Sept 18th. These brief, paragraph-length ideas can propose new commercial or consumer robots, new features for future Roombas, new and untapped market segments for existing or future robots, new technologies, or any other innovation you think needs to be or will soon be addressed. The time horizon can be as short as next year, and should be limited to ten years. You can discuss research, development, production, marketing, or any other aspect of the business model. All ideas are released to the public domain.

The five winners will be picked anonymously (but subjectively) by our panel of judges Sunday afternoon, and all ideas will be forwarded to Colin Angle, Rodney Brooks, Helen Greiner, and the other smart folks at iRobot after the event, along with the email addresses of the submitters. Are you an AC2005 registrant? Want to share your thoughts on what could or should happen next in this important space? Send your 100 word entries to mail(at)accelerating(dot)org, or give them to us when you arrive at the conference. No more than five entries per AC2005 registrant, please. Can you make a clean sweep?

Seattle Future Salon Looking for New Members

Two forward-thinking Seattleites, Marc Goodner and Brad Mewhort have signed on to start a Seattle Future Salon and are looking for folks to attend the free discussion and presentation groups. If you live in or near Seattle and are interested, you can sign up for their Yahoo group here to join online discussions and to receive emails about coming events. To learn more about ASF's Future Salon Network, check out our Future Salons start page.

Masters of Strategic Foresight at Regent University
[JS] A new online MA with a strategic leadership and futures studies emphasis is being developed by Regent University, a private Christian university, starting Fall 2006 (press release). This will complement the university's MA in Organizational Leadership, which currently has 150 students. It will operate in the School of Leadership Studies, which is focused on Christian Leadership, but the MA curriculum will be ecumenical and open students of all faiths. About 15% of students are expected to be from religious professions. It is being developed by Christian futurist Jay Gary with the assistance of Peter Bishop (Director, U. Houston MS Program in Studies of the Future) and Wendy Schultz. ASF is heartened to see Regent continue move in a more ecumenical and universalist direction with their programs. As a unitarian universalist (or "deist") myself, I believe improving global appreciation of all the world's faiths and wisdom traditions, without imposing any one of them as a uniquely privileged value set, is the future of spiritual leadership in an age of accelerating scientific learning and technical advancement.

"There is no technological terrorism scenario [nuclear, biological, chemical, etc.] I can envision today that would be likely to match the damage potential we had in the 1980's from one Soviet nuclear submarine." David Brin, 2005

"The most violent element in society is ignorance." Emma Goldman

"The end of our foundation is the knowledge of causes, and secret motions of things; and the enlarging of the bounds of human empire, to the effecting of all things possible." Francis Bacon, The New Atlantis, 1626

Sir Francis Bacon

Resources and Tools

Preventing Alzheimer's: The Eight-Step Plan

[Commentary by John Smart] At our July Los Angeles Future Salon, we had the rare pleasure of learning about how to protect the aging human brain, from one of the foremost Alzheimer's researchers in the world, Dr. Greg Cole, professor of medicine and neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, associate director of the UCLA Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, and associate director of the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center at the Los Angeles Sepulveda VA.

Alzheimer's and other age-associated dementias are a prime concern for all of us as medical science keeps us alive longer than ever before. Something like 80% of us over the age of 80 will have some degree of the neural plaques and tangles that constitute Alzheimer's. Many of us will have advanced cases. In some cultures, primarily due to poor diets rich in saturated fats, these plaques and tangles will be as widespread as atherosclerosis and cancer, two other progressive diseases of aging. In other communities we see much less of them. We are just now learning how to optimize our diet to prevent major dementia and mild memory loss as we age.

Dr. Cole has spent his life conducting rigorous research on the etiology, pathogenesis, and "amyloid reduction strategies" for the prevention of Alzheimer's and related dementias, and has done some ingenious detective work gathering evidence for the best preventive therapies, including the most important one that has been discovered to date, curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric (Indian curry spice). The following is my summary of his data-packed sixty minute presentation (77 slides), including my interpretation of the strategies we should all be using right now to significantly reduce memory loss and prevent mild to severe dementia as we age. While several of the following may also be your doctor's recommendations, it is very unlikely that your doctor will have the same global set of recommendations, or place them in the same order of importance. Be sure to go over these with your physician before you begin them.

The Eight-Step Plan:

1. Curcumin (900-1800 mg, or 1-2 capsules/day) [Best source: Life Extension Foundation]
2. Omega 3 Fatty Acids/DHA (1200-3600 mg, or 3-9 capsules/day) [Best Source: Costco's Enteric-Coated Fish Oil Capsules]
3. Vitamin E (400 iu/day) + Vitamin C (500 mg/day) [Best E Source: Bronson's Mixed Tocopherols with Tocotrienols. Best C Source: Doesn't matter.]
4. Folate (400 mcg/day) [Best Folate Source: Doesn't Matter]
5. Exercise (sustained aerobic). Get it however you can, do it in moderation every day, and keep it up for life.
6. Education (enriched mental environment). Get it however you can, do it in moderation every day, and keep it up for life.

If you have a family history of Alzheimer's on any side, or are "Apo E" gene positive (single or double allele, it is easy to get tested), you should seriously consider the following two steps as well, for life:
7. Ibuprofen (400 mg, or 2 capsules/day, liquid softgel) [Best Source: Costco]
8. Statin (Lovastatin/Mevacor, Atorvastatin/Lipitor, 20-40 mg or 1-2 tablets/day or as doctor recommended)

1. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, Indian curry spice. Indians have only 25% the Alzheimer's and dementia rates of other countries. Dr. Cole and others have discovered this is primarily due to curcumin, a major ingredient in the Indian diet. Curcumin crosses the blood brain barrier and is the only substance known that actually reduces plaques and tangles (Dr. Cole has proven this in Alzheimer's mice) in vivo in mammalian brains. It is also the only known therapy, other than caloric restriction, that reliably extends lifespan (about 10-12%) in laboratory mice. It is an amazing natural pharmaceutical that people will only learn slowly about because, as Dr. Cole points out, drug companies cannot make any significant money off it. It is vastly more useful than any patentable Alzheimer's prevention or cognitive improvement drug that has ever been, or may ever be invented. Its safety profile is very good, and very well known. Get on it now if you aren't already!

2. DHA Fatty Acids are natural antioxidant molecules that make up about 30% of your brain's cellular mass, by weight! Fish oils have an excellent safety profile and are known to be valuable for a wide range of diseases of aging. You should be taking fish oil supplements every day. Cultures, like Japan, that eat lots of cold water fish (high in DHA) have much lower rates of dementia and better overall health profiles. The enteric coated capsules are best, as you won't have fishy burps after you take them, but they are more expensive. You can take the non-enteric coated fish oil at night, as you go to bed, and you'll get fewer fishy burps the next day..

3. Vitamin E and Vitamin C together have been shown in studies to slow cognitive impairment. Studies with E and C alone have not shown this. Don't take too much E, and be sure to take the good "mixed Tocopherol" E. In low doses these have excellent safety profiles.

4. Folate has also shown mild prevention of cognitive impairment, and is an excellent supplement for expectant mothers, as it reduces neural defects. It has an excellent safety profile.

5-6. Exercise and Education should be self explanatory. Long term epidemiological studies (eg., the Nun study) show significant preventive effects.

7. Ibuprofen can half your Alzheimer's risk in some risk groups. They stop your brain's immune system from overeacting to plaques and tangles, and making them worse. Long term use of ibuprofen can cause stomach upset in about 15% of people, so take it on a full stomach and with doctor's supervision. There are some new profens (flurbiprofen, or flurizan) that cause no stomach upset and have also shown cognitive improvement in Phase II trials, so you may be able to switch to a a better profen just a few years from now.

8. Statins can also half your Alzheimer's risk in some risk groups. They appear to do this by many different pathways, lowering cholesterol and also lowering your immune systems overreaction to plaques and tangles. If you don't want to go all the way to a statin, there are over the counter remedies you can take, like Red Rice Yeast and Niacin (get the non-flushing formulation) which will go a long way toward cholesterol lowering but don't require a prescription. You should still get your doctor's advice on these if you use them.

The ideal Alzheimer's prevention diet is "Piscaterian:" Lots of curry, lots of fish, particularly cold water fish (like salmon, mackerel, and sardines), lots of vegetables (including dark vegetables, like broccoli, kale, spinach) and fruits (including dark fruits like blueberries, and grapes). Low in saturated fats, low in alcohol, no smoking (though nicotine patches sometimes give mild improvement to Alzheimer's patients).

Live long, smart, and prosperously, fellow futurist!

The Acceleration Story in Five Spaces

ATimes covers world news and insight in five "spaces," giving one to three briefs in each space. The story of accelerating change, the most fascinating story of our time, can be told as a story of movement from outer, to human, to inner, to cyber, and ultimately, to hyper space, the world beyond the present. Each of these deserves understanding for a multidisciplinary perspective on the future:

Outer Space (the world around us: science, the natural and built environment, universal systems theory)
Human Space (the human world: our bodies, behavior, minds, human systems theory)
Inner Space (the world below: energy, small tech, computer "bodies", inner systems theory)
Cyber Space (the virtual world: computer "behavior", computer "minds", cyber systems theory)
Hyper Space (the world beyond: new paradigms, phase transitions, hyperphysics, hyper systems theory)

If you have important stories to share with our 3,200 acceleration-aware readers, we'd love to hear from you

Outer Space
science (biology, chemistry, geology, physics, research), the natural and built environment, universal systems theory (developmental physics, hierarchical substrates)

"New way to peek inside Earth: Researchers discover tiny particles from deep within planet," MSNBC, Robert Roy Britt, July 27, 2005

[Commentary by Iveta Brigis] When rocks decay radioactively, subatomic particles called geoneutrinos are released carrying a signature of its chemical origin. Neutrinos have no electric charge and negligible mass (though not non-zero), and can pass through matter unseen. Enabled by KamLAND, a Japanese tool that measures neutrino oscillation, scientists are now beginning to use these geoneutrinos to look far below the Earth's crust. Prior to this development, published in the July 28 edition of the journal Nature, researchers relied solely on seismology to further their understanding of the composition and activity of the Earth. Despite the tremendous advances in recent years in what we know about cosmology and the workings of outer space, scientists remain relatively in the dark about what is going on beneath our feet. While scientists are optimistic about the contribution the study of geoneutrinos will have to our understanding of the Earth, the current detector spots an average of one geoneutrino per month. Researchers hope to build bigger and more detectors that could increase this to one a day in coming decades.

Human Space
bodies (biology, health, neuroscience), behavior (business, education, foresight, governance, innovation, pre-digital technology, society), minds (psychology, spirituality), human systems theory (ecological psychology, memetics)

The Rise of the Participatory Panopticon, ITConversations, Jamais Cascio, May 2005 (text) (audio)
[JP] WorldChanging co-founder Jamais Cascio gave a keynote presentation at this year’s MeshForum on rapidly increasing transparency entitled, “The Rise of the Participatory Panopticon”. The talk, which makes clear that transparency is happening from the bottom-up (“souseveillance”) as much as from the top-down (surveillance), is now up for audio download at ITConversations with a text transcript available at WorldChanging.

From the abstract: “Soon - probably within the next decade, certainly within the next two - we'll be living in a world where what we see, what we hear, what we experience will be recorded wherever we go. There will be few statements or scenes that will go unnoticed, or unremembered. Our day-to-day lives will be archived and saved. What’s more, these archives will be available over the net for recollection, analysis, even sharing. And we will be doing it to ourselves.” Jamais will further explore these issues in an interactive Explorations session at Accelerating Change 2005.

Inner Space
energy, small tech (nanoengineering, miniaturization), computer "bodies" (automation, computer hardware, nanotech, robotics), inner systems theory (acceleration, efficiency, miniaturization, reductionism)

Flash Memory
Samsung's Gambit: Flash Gigamemory to Replace Hard Drives, ComputerWorld, Martyn Williams, June 30, 2005
[JS] Here it comes! Flash Gigamemory for your laptop and cellphone that is truly "instant on", is far more shock resistant, and with a battery life to die for. With flash memory you can run a tablet PC or a wrist computer that is fast and reliable enough to replace paper, but with all of e-Paper's digital storage, modification, and sharing advantages. Samsung's first large (16 Gigabyte) flash hard drives roll out this year for military and industrial markets. Expect lower cost commercial units by next year, and 100GB flash drives in 2007.

Flash memory prices have dropped 40% in the last year, and with a Sony Micro Vault 5GB flashdrive now available for $180 street price, it's now possible for bleeding edge tinkerers to consider replacing their hard drives. Give it just a bit more time and you won't need a specialist to do so. Samsung is by far the #1 leader in flash memory supply (twice #2 Intel's revenue here), while it is #5 in hard drives, so it has major incentive to make this happen soon. This will be a tremendously empowering advance. Let's hope Intel and the other leading chipmakers get into the flash hard drive game soon as well. Thanks to Jeff Thompson.

Cyber Space
computer "behavior" (co-evolution, automation, symbiosis), computer "minds" (computer software, simulation), cyber systems theory (holism, information, intelligence, interdependence, immunity)


"When Cell Phones Become Oracles" Wired News, Ryan Singel, July 25, 2005
[JP] Wired News has a great article on tracking and predicting human behavior with information collected via cell phones. The article centers around research performed by MIT Media Lab researcher Nathan Eagle, organized under the Reality Mining Project. Eagle gave out 100 customized phones to MIT students and researchers that he usedto log 350,000 hours of data over nine months including location, proximity, activity and communication of the volunteers.

According to the article, “Given enough data, Eagle's algorithms were able to predict what people, especially professors and Media Lab employees, would do next and be right up to 85 percent of the time.” The volunteers could also use the data to create diaries of their lives. Eagle notes, “"I can go ask it, 'How much sleep did I get in October?' 'When was the last time I had lunch with Adam?' 'Where did I go after that?'" On the topic of data-mining our lives, the article also mentions a book by Chris Stakutis called Inescapable Data. Stakutis says, “We want to have our life choreographed, cataloged, witnessed and archived. Now we are heading to a world where this is possible without effort … We are going to be a planet of 5 billion data magicians."

The virtualized models of our planet that Google and Microsoft are competing to build with Google Earth and Virtual Earth will progressively be used as fields to display this inescapable data. Jon Udell will give a presentation on the topic at Accelerating Change 2005 entitled Annotating the planet: Freedom and control in the new era of interactive mapping. Abstract: “The explosive innovation triggered by Google Maps produced a shock of recognition. We always knew that our meatspace coordinates would merge with our cyberspace addresses. Now that it's really happening, familiar topics—identity and privacy, grassroots collaboration and centralized control, ownership and use of data—will be newly refracted through the geospatial lens.”

Reality Machinima
[JP] Machinima (muh-sheen-eh-mah) is filmmaking within a real-time, 3D virtual environment. The majority of Machinima uses video games as the platform for their development. To see some funny samples, check out these Independent Film Channel’s shorts made using The Sims 2. T
he reality comes in with the first homemade Machinima using Google Earth, a virtual recreation of our planet. It’s only a short zoom in from outer space to just above street level, but you get the picture. It was made using FRAPS, a program that saves video from programs using DirectX directly to the hard drive. FRAPS is a common tool for capturing footage that will be edited into Machinima. You can learn more about Machinima at or check out the book, 3D Game-Based Filmmaking: The Art of Machinima by Paul Marino, 2004.

Virtual Philanthropy
Mixing It Up For a Good Cause, Terra Nova Blog, Betsy Book, July 25 2005
[JP] In a piece of breakthrough philanthropy, the American Cancer Society will hold an online Relay For Life fundraiser and community awareness event this August 27-28th in the user-created virtual world of Second Life. The event will be a cyberspace extension of the society's decades-old real world Relay For Life walkathons, and donations will be made in the form of virtual dollars converted to US dollars through Gaming Open Market.

The mixed-reality event (see picture right) is being spearheaded by Randal Moss of the ACS's Futuring and Innovation Center, prominent Second Life resident Jade Lily, and ASF's very own Jerry Paffendorf. Congratulations to Randal, who took home the National Human Service Assembly Award for Excellence in Technology Innovation for his role in pioneering this digital philanthropy project. Randal and a number of his Futuring and Innovation Center (FIC) colleagues will be colocating an ACS FIC meeting at Accelerating Change 2005. We look forward to seeing you there!

Hyper Space
new paradigms (including evolutionary development), phase transitions, hyperphysics (black holes, multiverse, string theory, supersymmetry), hyper systems theory (computational limits, emergence, phase transitions, technological singularity hypothesis, developmental singularity hypothesis)

Phase Change: The Computer Revolution in Science and Mathematics, Douglas Robertson, 2003
[JS] Doug Robertson is a U. of Colorado Geologist and Environmentalist who enjoys taking a big picture look at information technology. His earlier work, The New Renaissance: Computers and the Next Level of Civilization, 1998, discussed the transformational impact of information processing on human culture from the pre-linguistic to the modern age. Unfortunately the last chapter of this book, "On Growth", has some shortcomings with regard to its exploration of exponential growth. For one, Robertson overemphasizes the human population growth problem, which most demographers now say is on track to disappear entirely by mid century due largely to the pervasive impact of global development on birth rates. More seriously, Robertson appears to misunderstand the exponential nature of information processing growth, which is the only known aspect of universal change which has never run into resource limits to growth, as it continually jumps to new more efficient computing "substrates" over time. Yet even with these shortcomings, The New Renaissance is a valuable broad look at the developmentalist nature of our increasingly technological culture.

Phase Change deepens Robertson's exploration by examining the role of computer as a tool changing the nature of sciences and mathematics. He demonstrates that paradigm shifts, broad "phase changes" in our understanding of science, have often been triggered by the availability of new visualization tools (the telescope, the microscope), and new computational tools (the digital computer, the supercomputer, the internet) and shows how such tools allow investigators to ask questions previously unamenable to scientific exploration. A modern particle accerator, for example, is a very computationally intensive tool for peering into subatomic structure. How intensive? A particle accelerator generates more data (albeit significantly lower level data) in five minutes of exploration than was accumulated in the entire Library of Alexandria between the 3rd and 4th centuries AD. Robertson notes a profusion of new computationally-aided tools our physicists, chemists, biologists, engineers, geologists, astronomers, and other scientists are gaining access to. He shows how many of these open up permanent phase transitions in the nature of the scientific environment, creating dynamics that were unpredictable prior to the computational advance, yet are predictable today within the new scientific language that has emerged. On the mathematics side, computers are becoming so powerful that specialized, computation-intensive domains of mathematics, such as cellular automata, covered most elegantly in Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science, 2002, are now opening up their modeling insights for us to discover. If you are looking for a book to update your understanding of the way computers are permanently changing the nature of scientific exploration, this is good choice.

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Google Moon
Get ready as Google Earth reaches escape velocity! Zoom in all the way and you may be surprised. Be sure to click on the "lunar hosting and research center" in the FAQ under "More about Google Moon" if you'd like to know Google's secret plans for a moon base, and their new goal to "organize all the useful information in the universe and serve it to you on a lightly salted cracker." :)

This is prescient and poignant poem about dealing with change in our own lives. The poem comes from Hermann Hesse's Das Glasperlenspiel (The Glass Bead Game), the novel for which many critics say Hesse won his 1946 Nobel Prize in literature.

by Hermann Hesse, from The Glass Bead Game, 1943

As every flower fades and as all youth
Departs, so life at every stage,
So every virtue, so our grasp of truth,
Blooms in its day and may not last forever.

Since life may summon us at every age
Be ready, heart, for parting, new endeavor,
Be ready bravely and without remorse
To find new light that old ties cannot give.
In all beginnings dwells a magic force
For guarding us and helping us to live.

Serenely let us move to distant places
And let no sentiments of home detain us.
The Cosmic Spirit seeks not to restrain us
But lifts us stage by stage to wider spaces.

If we accept a home of our own making,
Familiar habit makes for indolence.
We must prepare for parting and leave-taking
Or else remain the slaves of permanence.

Even the hour of our death may send
Us speeding on to fresh and newer spaces,
And life may summon us to newer races.
So be it, heart: bid farewell without end.

Summer Reading
Cruise over to for some cool summer reading suggestions—40 new books from members of the Edge community. Yowzers! Titles include the forthcoming The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil, Everything Bad Is Good For You by Steven Johnson, The (Mis)Behavior of Markets by Benoit Mandelbrot, and Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist by John Brockman. If you are coming to Accelerating Change 2005 and would like a free copy of The Singularity Is Near, register soon!

Call for Submissions
ASF is always seeking interesting submissions for our Accelerating Times (AT) web publication. AT is a "free and priceless" monthly newsletter covering scientific, technological, business, policy, and social dialogs in accelerating change. Anyone may submit scan hits, mini-articles, pictures, artwork, quotes and questions to mail(at) Accepted work will appear, fully credited, in future issues. Also please submit your feedback on Accelerating Times articles to the Future Salon Weblog, beneath each article as posted. Thanks!


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July 29-31
Chicago, IL

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July 31- August 4
Los Angeles, CA

Open Source Convention
August 1-5
San Francisco, CA

Las Vegas Future Salon
Cognitive & Neuroscience
August 5
Las Vegas, NV

San Diego Future Salon
Going Digital: The Practice and Vision of Digital Artists
August 5
San Diego, CA

Second Life Future Salon
Understanding Virtual Worlds
August 14
Second Life Online Virtual World

Bay Area Future Salon
Nonlinear Neurodynamics
August 19
Palo Alto, CA

Los Angeles Future Salon
Artificial Intelligence
August 19
Los Angeles, CA

Accelerating Change 2005
September 16-18
Palo Alto, CA

Telecosm 2005
September 26-28
Lake Tahoe, CA

MIT Emerging Technologies Conference
September 28-29
Cambridge, MA

Pop!Tech 2005
October 19-22
Camden, ME

Foresight Conference on Advanced Nanotechnology
October 22-27
San Francisco, CA

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