Singularity Summit in San Francisco, 14-15August
August is a good month to visit San Francisco, and there is no better setting for the Singularity Summit.
What is the singularity?
Al Fin suspects that Mr. Kurzweil's time frame is a bit compressed. Any transformative technology must work within a larger framework, which will include political, economic, and cultural constraints.
Most optimistic prophets of a technological future failed to take into account the "Obama Effect" -- the subtle suppression of cutting edge thinking and developments as a result of a corrupt and inward-looking political regime of exponential debt combined with a pernicious deflationary / inflationary wealth destruction. The less wealth, the less support for visionary projects.
Several conferences in the late summer and early fall are worth going to, if only to exchange thoughts with other forward thinking persons who are trying to see their way through some significant logjams holding back societal progress. Besides the Singularity Summit, there is also the SENS Conference, the Seasteading Conference, a number of space conferences, and a a number of other conferences, seminars, workshops, and similar excuses to get away for a mind holiday and pick-me-up.