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Francesco Varela

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Francesco Varela

The late Francisco J. Varela Ph.D. was Director of Research at CNRS (National Institute for Scientific Research) at the laboratory of Cognitive Neurosciences and Brain Imaging (LENA) located at the Salpetriere University Hospital in Paris, where he was the head of the Neurodynamics Group. He was also Senior Faculty at CREA, Ecole Polytechnique.

Experimental and theoretical biologist Francesco Varela is known for his work in immunology and his formulation… read more

Michael Vassar

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Michael Vassar

Michael Vassar is SIAI’s President, and provides overall leadership of the SIAI as it develops its research capabilities and its role as a forum for discussion of the challenges and potential of artificial general intelligence. He is also responsible for the organization of the Singularity Summit. Previously, he was a Founder and Chief Strategist at SirGroovy.com, an online music licensing firm. Prior to that, he held positions with Aon, the … read more

J. Craig Venter

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Vernor Vinge

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Vernor Vinge

Vernor Vinge sold his first science fiction story in 1964. He is best known for “True Names”, Marooned in Realtime, A Fire Upon the Deep, and A Deepness in the Sky. The last two novels each won the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel of the year.

Vinge received a PhD (Math) from the University of California. From 1972 to 2000 he taught in the Department of… read more

Natasha Vita-More

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Natasha Vita-More

Natasha Vita-More, Ph.D., researcher, University of Plymouth. Vita-More is Chair of Humanity+, Fellow, Institute of Ethics and Emerging Technologies and Fellow, Hybrid Reality Institute.  Natasha is co-editor of The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Look at Philosophy and Technology, 2012, Wiley-Blackwell (forthcoming).

Natasha’s research concerns the aesthetics of human enhancement and radical life extension, and hybridity, with a focus on nanotechnology, biotechnology, information… read more

Swami Vivekananda

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Swami Vivekananda

A spiritual genius of commanding intellect and power, Vivekananda crammed immense labor and achievement into his short life, 1863-1902. Born in the Datta family of Calcutta, the youthful Vivekananda embraced the agnostic philosophies of the Western mind along with the worship of science.… read more

Peter Voss

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Peter Voss

Peter Voss is the founder and CEO of Adaptive A.I. Inc, an R&D company developing a high-level general intelligence (AGI) engine. He is also founder and CTO of Smart Action Company LLC, which builds and supplies AGI-based virtual contact-center agents – intelligent, automated phone operators.

Peter started his career as an entrepreneur, inventor, engineer and scientist at age 16. After several years of experience in electronics engineering,… read more

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