Another great Singularity Summit. I liked the focus on neuroscience this time. I think it will be a major driving force behind AGI over the next 20 years. The talk by Demis Hassabis is the one to look for in this area, once they become available online. My own talk was well received — I had applause during the talk as I put up results, something that I’ve certainly never experienced before. Due to a manic schedule of meetings, deadlines and last minute results, I unfortunately didn’t get to spend much time socialising this year. Hopefully things will be a bit more sane next time around and I’ll be able to catch up with everybody properly. Looking forward to it already.
I don’t know if anybody has thought of a theme for next year’s conference yet, but I’d like to make a suggestion: ethics and AGI safety. The conference has been around for a few years now and had attracted some fairly big names and serious academics. How about a return to the core mission of SIAI? As I think AGI is approaching, we seriously need much deeper and broader thinking on these topics. One other suggestion: while big names draw the crowds, in my opinion they often give the least interesting talks. How about a couple of the most popular and accessible LessWrong posts get selected and their authors present them as Summit talks?