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Augmented Intelligence

Augmented Intelligence

Steering the Future of AI

March 28 – 31, 2019 | Tuition $495

Stuart Russell, PhDDavid Haussler, PhD

Seamus BlackleyTim Fain

Gaia DempseyAnthony Aguirre, PhD

Tasha McCauleyWilliam Dolphin

Could augmented reality unlock the next chapter of human development?

Media portrayals of AI focus on negative, dystopian effects of the technology, including employment loss, captivity, and even death. But leaders in the field seek to develop a realistic vision of a positive AI future that can inform policy, the development of the industry, and academic research.

Join Gaia Dempsey, entrepreneur and pioneer in the field of augmented reality, and Anthony Aguirre, PhD, Harvard-trained physicist and cofounder of the Future of Life Institute, along with a panel of experts in the field, to explore these urgent and vast social, economic, political, and cultural questions:

  • What is the state of AI research and industry today?
  • How can human and AI collaboration lead to breakthroughs?
  • How can AI support new economic and societal models?
  • How has life and intelligence developed from a cosmic perspective?
  • How do AI’s original aims compare to its future trajectory?
  • What are the ethics of creating scalable, intelligent AI systems?

In Stuart Russell’s words, “a huge amount of cultural work has to be done” to engage with these questions. Most important among them: how do we steer toward a future where advanced AI is beneficial for everyone?


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The Summit

The Augmented Intelligence Summit is a multidisciplinary group of AI researchers, entrepreneurs, and designers working on a collective vision for a positive AI future, in partnership with the Future of Life Institute.

Examine complex and exciting questions about the future of AI and humans in a vibrant combination of:

  • Masterclass-level presentations
  • Immersive and engaging games and exercises
  • Small group discussion in an ego-free zone
  • Dedicated ideation time
  • Supported creative concepting
  • And charrette-style workshops.

The Summit is organized in two parts: Phase 1: Learn and Phase 2: Build.

Phase 1: Learn

During the first day and a half of the program, participants learn about AI technology and its challenges in a number of formats:

  • Cutting-edge technical presentations from leading practitioners and educators in the AI field
  • Dialogue with inspiring leaders who have dedicated their lives to studying and promoting ethics and human values
  • Moderated small-group breakouts to ensure participants have time to discuss and process what they are learning, debating what ethical AI means, coming to grips with a definition, and exploring implementation and operational needs and potential solutions
  • Transformative immersive experiences and narrative content
  • War-game-style simulations examining human reactivity, bias, and outcome prediction.


Phase 2: Build

During the last two days of the program, the focus shifts to not just discussing the issues surrounding safe and ethical AI, but actually conceptualizing what a positive vision of a future of AI can look like. Attendants will collaboratively agree on goals that support a safe, ethical, and beneficial path forward for AI in charrette-style workshops, supported by dedicated AI expert mentors and VR super artists.

Self-determined groups will form around topics of interest, such as:

  • Practitioner Education
  • Broadening Awareness of AI Technology and Safety/Ethics Issues
  • Operational Solutions
  • Cultural and Policy Questions

Featured Speakers and Experts

Stuart Russell, PhD

Computer scientist, director of the Center for Human-Compatible AI

Stuart Russell is a renowned professor and former chair of the electrical engineering and computer sciences department at the University of California, Berkeley. At UC Berkeley, he holds the Smith-Zadeh Chair in engineering and is the director of the Center for Human-Compatible AI. He is working on developing a new global seismic monitoring system for the nuclear-test-ban treaty for the United Nations.

Dr. Russell’s research covers a wide range of topics in artificial intelligence (AI) including machine learning, probabilistic reasoning, knowledge representation, planning, real-time decision making, multitarget tracking, computer vision, computational physiology, and AI’s philosophical foundations. His current concerns include the threat of autonomous weapons and the long-term future of artificial intelligence and its relation to humanity.

David Haussler, PhD

Professor of biomolecular engineering

David Haussler serves as the Distinguished Professor of Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he directs the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3). He is also the scientific co-director for the California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research.

Dr. Haussler’s research lies at the interface of mathematics, computer science, and molecular biology and involves developing new statistical and algorithmic methods to explore the molecular evolution of the human genome. He played a leading role in developing the new field of computational biology. He leads the Genome Bioinformatics Group, which designed and built the program that assembled the first working draft of the human genome sequence and posted it on the internet.

Seamus Blackley

Entrepreneur and video game designer

Seamus Blackley is currently the CEO of Pacific Light & Hologram, a stealth VC-backed start-up. A high-energy physicist, Seamus Blackley turned his innovative spirit and fascination with technology toward gaming, becoming one of the industry’s prime movers.

He has worked with Looking Glass Technologies on titles such as Ultima Underworld and System Shock, and on creating the sophisticated physics system in Flight Unlimited. After working at DreamWorks Interactive as an executive producer, Blackley joined Microsoft and brought the first Xbox console from conception to market.

Tim Fain 


Tim Fain is an American violinist, perhaps best known for his performances in the movie Black Swan and his work with renowned composer Philip Glass.

Tim’s solo performances include Pro Musica in Mexico, the Pittsburgh and Tallahassee Symphonies, and the Portland Chamber Orchestra. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Ravinia Festival, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw concert hall. His chamber performances range from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to Spoleto, Italy, and Lucerne, Switzerland. Tim has appeared with the Mexico City, Oxford, and Cincinnati Chamber Symphonies; Brooklyn, Buffalo, and Hague Philharmonics; the Spanish National Orchestra; and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra.

The featured soloist with the Philip Glass Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in a concert version of Einstein on the Beach, he tours in a duo-recital program with Philip Glass. The centerpiece of his international multimedia evening Portals is Partita for Solo Violin, a work written for him by Philip Glass.

Summit Organizers

Gaia Dempsey

Founder and CEO of 7th Future

Gaia Dempsey is an entrepreneur and pioneer in the field of augmented reality (AR). She was a cofounder and former managing director at DAQRI, an augmented reality hardware and software company that delivers a complete professional AR platform to the industrial and enterprise market.

Gaia is currently the founder and CEO of 7th Future, a consultancy that partners and co-invests with technology leaders and communities to build and launch global-impact innovation models, with a commitment to openness, integrity, resilience, and long-term thinking.

Anthony Aguirre, PhD

Physicist, cofounder of Foundational Questions Institute

Anthony Aguirre is a theoretical cosmologist and a Harvard-trained professor of physics at the  University of California, Santa Cruz. He cofounded and is the associate scientific director of the nonprofit organization  Foundational Questions Institute and is the cofounder of the Future of Life Institute.

He received his doctorate in astronomy from Harvard University in 2000 and then spent three years as a member of the  Institute for Advanced Study  in Princeton, New Jersey, before accepting a professorship in the physics department of the University of California, Santa Cruz.

He has worked on a wide variety of topics in theoretical cosmology (the study of the formation, nature, and evolution of the universe), including the early universe and inflation, gravity physics, first stars, the intergalactic medium, galaxy formation, and black holes.

Tasha McCauley

Board Director at GeoSim Systems

Tasha McCauley is a technology entrepreneur and robotics expert. She is board director at GeoSim Systems, a company centering on a new technology that produces high-resolution, fully interactive virtual models of cities. This novel approach to “reality capture” yields the most detailed VR environments ever created out of data gathered from the real world.

Tasha is also the cofounder of Fellow Robots, a robotics company based at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley. Formerly on the faculty of Singularity University, she taught students about robotics and was director of the Autodesk Innovation Lab.

She sits on the board of directors of the Ten to the Ninth Plus Foundation, an organization empowering exponential technological change worldwide. Tasha enjoys building things and discovering how things work. She spends a lot of time thinking about how to make user interfaces that facilitate and enhance creativity.

William Dolphin

Chief executive officer at CueSquared

Dr. William Dolphin is an accomplished chief executive officer and senior executive with a history of leading the management and operations of international private and public companies in a range of industries including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, and information technology.

Currently, he is chief executive officer at CueSquared, which brings developments in artificial intelligence and machine learning to bear on healthcare applications—in particular, to expedite business processes, facilitate access to healthcare, and improve outcomes.

Dr. Dolphin brings a wealth of knowledge and an extensive history of building and growing successful, global businesses, especially to facilitate the delivery of healthcare and improved patient outcomes. He has served as chief executive officer of numerous medical and information technology companies around the world including Omedix, SonaMed Corporation, SpectraNet Ltd., Visiomed Group, and Avita Medical. Additionally, Dr. Dolphin has served as a member of the board of directors for over a dozen public and private companies worldwide.

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and Silicon Valley—within easy reach of San Francisco.

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