It's the singularity summit. I write about the singularity, and I read about it in books from the likes of Charlie Stross. Did you read Accelerando or Stephen Baxter's Ring and pause to think about the implications? How about Tipler's Anthropic Cosmological Principle or Physics of Immortality? Even, if I may, Shane Williams and Sean Dix own, somewhat less "ambitious" Orphans trilogy? What could be more interesting than a Summit whose sole purpose is to discuss the prolonging human life, to escape this moribund and earth-bound existence for something truly remarkable.
Provided I can physically make it, I'll be doing my damnedest to attend. So we're looking for friends to maybe put us up in New York and taking the Acela up. I can think of a few of you who could help us out there.
Wifey will probably be coming along to push me about a wheelchair as I'm still not able to walk or sit quietly in a conference chair for the entire time (which isn't especially different, on reflection, from my time at SC05 or any of the other conferences I attended in 05/06, and I was nominally uninjured back then).
The conference is important because Humanity needs to be driving towards the singularity. I understand that people are scared; it's only natural to think of post-humans as terrifying. However, it is inevitable. We are going to get there. Let's make sure we get there in a way that's safe. Let's nurture computer intelligence that doesn't immediately become SkyNet or Agent Smith. Instead, let's focus on a more Tiplerian brain-computer-interface and the simulation argument.
Death, folks, is so outdated.