Charles Ostman

July 11, 2009

Charles Ostman is currently a senior fellow at the Institute for Global Futures, a strategic technologies consulting group which provides research, analysis, and business development services to Fortune 500 companies and institutions worldwide, with a particular focus toward examining the synergistic relationships between emergent advanced technologies, and the business environments in which they may be fostered. Charles is also currently chief scientist with Evolutionary Networks, a company which is developing unique methodologies for creating “intuitive cognition” forms of artificial intelligence for the Internet, “smart” instrumentation, media appliances, and other applications.

Charles Ostman has 25+ years experience in the fields of electronics, physics, materials sciences, computing and artificial intelligence, including eight years at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Subsequent professional experience encompasses a diverse range of technical development projects at facilities including GTE Lenkurt, Litton Industries, Lucas Films, Phoenix Laser Systems, Omni Scientific Instruments, and a variety of other technology related companies and institutions.

He is an active participant with a number of technology related institutes and publications, has served as an advisory member of various technology related development organizations and privately held companies, and has been a featured instructor / faculty member at San Francisco State University, and at the Academy of Art College, San Francisco, in Information Technology, Electronic Media, and other related departments and venues.

Charles has authored numerous technical papers, lectures frequently around the country, has contributed content featured in a number of books, including CyberLife, Secrets, the SIRS Applied Sciences journal, and is involved in numerous other book projects. He has presented and published papers at numerous conferences and symposia, including the European Symposium on Cybernetics and Systems Research, World Multiconference on Information Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics, Multi-Agent Spatial Modeling Symposium, International Conference on Information Systems Analysis and Synthesis, SIGGRAPH, Alife, AAAI Conference on Computational Anthropology, Entcon, Comdex, InterMedia World, Digital Biota, and many others in the US and abroad.

His current primary interests are in the development of distributed intelligence systems and engines, and the next generation of distributed computing systems which mimic the physiologies of living systems, best described perhaps as “self evolving virtual machines”.

See essays by this author:
Bioconvergence: Progenitor of the Nanotechnology Age