Conscious in the Cloud

Dates: August 19, 2013
Location: Los Gatos, California

With the rise of cloud computing and the movement to add intelligent agents to the cloud, a number of new and interesting challenges result. What form will these agents take and what does it mean when these agents grow to embody their data? What are the ethical concerns if agents existing in cloud environments are removed from prior processing constraints? This talk presents three different perspectives in a trialogue format allowing audience questions to frame the discussion.

Kevin M. O’Connor (KMO) was an early employee at He has published over 350 interviews with authors, activists, technologists, farmers, artists and keen observers of the transitional culture. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his partner and 3-legged cat.

Bruce Damer is the chief scientist on the Evolution Grid Project (the EvoGrid). The EvoGrid was developed to find a compelling simulation of the origin of life through distributed and cloud computering. Bruce is also on the Board of Directors of Elixir Technologies and is the Founder of the Digibarn Computer Museum.

Tom Barbalet founded Noble Ape in 1996 and is in the early stages of moving Noble Ape to the cloud. He is a senior software developer at Netflix.