Pattie Maes is an Associate Professor at MIT’s Media Laboratory, where she founded and directs the Software Agents Group, and is principal investigator of the e-markets Special Interest Group. Previously, she was a visiting Professor and a Research Scientist at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium. Her areas of expertise are Artificial Intelligence, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Supported Collaborative Work, Information Filtering and Electronic Commerce.
Gary F. Marcus is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology at New York University. He received his B.A. in Cognitive Science from Hampshire College in 1989 and his Ph.D. from MIT’s Department of Brain in Cognitive Sciences in 1993. From 1993 to 1997, he taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research on language acquisition and computational modelings has been published in journals such as Cognition, Cognitive… read more
Thomas McCabe is a mathematics student at Yale University and Executive Director of Humanity+, the world’s leading nonprofit for the ethical use of technology to extend human capabilities. He is the IT and website manager for the Singularity Summit, and the author of the articles “The Top 5 Technology Panics of 2009″ (published in H+ Magazine and featured on Slashdot) and “Failure and Success… read more
John McCarthy is Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. He has been interested in artificial intelligence since 1948 and coined the term in 1955. His main artificial intelligence research area has been the formalization of common sense knowledge. He invented the LISP programming language in 1958, developed the concept of time-sharing in the late fifties and early sixties, and has worked on proving that computer programs meet their specifications since the early sixties. He invented the circumscription method of non-monotonic reasoning in 1978.… read more
He graduated with a BSc in genetics from University College London in 2005 and did a master’s degree and PhD at the University of Glasgow, researching immunity to lentiviruses in cats and lions. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the… read more
Dr. Merkle received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1979 where he co-invented public key cryptography. He joined Xerox PARC in 1988, where he pursued research in security and computational nanotechnology until 1999.
He was a Nanotechnology Theorist at Zyvex until 2003, when he joined the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Professor of Computing until 2006.
He is a Director of Alcor, on the faculty… read more
Christopher Meyer is the Director of the Center for Business Innovation in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Center is charged with identifying the issues that will be challenging business in the future and defining responses to them. As Director, Chris is responsible for establishing the Center’s research agenda.… read more
George Armitage Miller was born February 3, 1920, in Charleston, West Virginia. In 1940 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama and in 1946 he received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University.
At Harvard, during and after World War II, he studied speech production and perception. In 1948 C. E. Shannon’s mathematical theory of communication inspired a series of experiments measuring how far a listener’s expectations influence his perceptions. Miller summarized that work in 1951 in “Language and Communication,” a text that helped to establish psycholinguistics as an independent field of research in psychology. He subsequently tried to extend Shannon’s measure of information to explain short-term memory, work that resulted in a widely quoted (and often misquoted) paper, “The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two.”… read more
Inventor of the Moog synthesizer and a pioneer in electronic music. He built circuits capable of producing sound in 1964. He developed a modular synth system, and later designed the MiniMoog, which was the first truly portable keyboard synthesizer intended for live use. He also built (and continues to build) theremins, which are electronic musical instruments typically played by moving a hand between two projecting electrodes. He has written and… read more
He is a former Research Professor and Director of the Mobile Robot Lab at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. His academic work has been funded by numerous government agencies, including the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Hans is the author of two… read more
Dr. Max More is an internationally acclaimed strategic futurist who writes, speaks, and organizes events about the fundamental challenges of emerging technologies. Ray Kurzweil has described Max as the foremost philosopher of transhumanism. Max is concerned that our rapidly developing technological capabilities are racing far ahead of our standard ways of thinking about future possibilities. His work aims to improve our ability to anticipate, adapt to, and shape the future… read more
Luke Muehlhauser joined Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI) in 2011 as a researcher, but was quickly appointed Executive Director. He has written dozens of articles and papers on metaethics, intelligence explosion theory, and the cognitive science of rationality and human motivation, including “Intelligence Explosion: Evidence and Import” and “A Crash Course in the Neuroscience of Human Motivation.” He was also the author of… read more
Douglas Mulhall is the author of Our Molecular Future: How Nanotechnology, Robotics, Genetics, and Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Our World, and co-author of The Calcium Bomb: The Nanobacteria Link to Heart Disease and Cancer. He managed a scientific environmental institute for many years and co-founded one of the early South American institutes devoted to recycling technology.