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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Fall 2007 Voltaire's Coffee with Professor David Laude, Chemistry

Tue, September 4, 2007 • 7:00 PM • Carothers Residence Hall/Joynes 007B. Enter from Quad Courtyard--east door.

The idea behind the book is that human knowledge and achievement is accelerating at an exponential rate that will soon result in an epochal (singular) moment in history beyond which, well basically, robots take over the world. Even if you don't buy his zealous optimism about technological advances, the book will prompt immediate debate about just exactly what the human race is in for with these advances.

For those interested in neurobiology, it is a chance to examine what it means to be human around the singularity when we are exploiting technology to maximize the brain's potential. So basically this is a book for futurists, which should include anyone alive 30 years from now and thinking about whether to promote or resist a redefinition of what it means to be human.

Sponsored by: Plan II Students Association and Plan II Honors Program


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