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2019 Schedule

Below is the schedule for the now adjourned COSM 2019, October 23 — October 25.

10AM

Registration Opens

12PM

Opening Keynotes and Themes Luncheon

How artificial intelligence, 5G wireless and blockchain security are converging in a new era. How new Internet and monetary systems can remedy the currently torturous relations between the U.S. and China. How understanding money as time overthrows all the prevailing economic and technological models and opens the way to a cornucopian future.

Steve Buri — President, Discovery Institute | George Gilder — Author, Technology Futurist, Co-Founder of Discovery Institute | Peter Thiel (Via Videoconference) — Technology Entrepeneur, Investor, philanthropist

1:00

AI General Intelligence, Human Systems, and the Future of Wellness
Craig Mundie — PRESIDENT OF MUNDIE & ASSOCIATES, FORMER MICROSOFT CHIEF RESEARCH & STRATEGY OFFICER

2PM

Introduction to Thought Exchange

2:15

Break

2:30

Is a DIY Mint Possible?  Money Creation in a Purely Informational World
Dr. William Dembski — Mathematician, Entrepreneur, and Philosopher

3:30

Can Crypto and Blockchain Reverse the Tech Decline (and Enable an Internet Renaissance)?

This panel will explore the future of cryptocurrency/blockchain technologies, and consider their implications for global money, global security, and internet architecture. 

George Gilder ( Moderator) | Steve Forbes — Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media | Ed Moy — Former Director, U.S. Mint | Dr. William Dembski

5PM

Conference Adjourns, Dinner on Own

8AM

Buffet Breakfast

9AM

5G: Connecting the Future
Andre Fuetsch — President, AT&T Labs, CTO of AT&T

9:30

Blockchain and 5G: The Convergent Future

Who is really winning the battle for 5G and crypto – the U.S. or China? Who cares? What does the outcome portend for global power relationships, business and personal investments, and the prospects for autonomous vehicles and the Internet of Things?

George Gilder (Moderator) | Gilad Garon — Co-Founder and CEO, ASOCS | SUSIE M. ARMSTRONG — Senior Vice President, Engineering, Qualcomm | Jules Urbach — Founder & CEO, OTOY | Nick Tredennick — Electrical Engineer, Author, Inventor

11AM

Regulation and the Future of Technology

A conversation between George Gilder and Andy Kessler.

Andy Kessler — Inside View, Wall Street Journal

11:30

Thought Exchange Q&A

NOON

Luncheon Program

Radical Decentralization: The Key to Realizing the Vision of the Internet’s Founders?
Yorke Rhodes, III – Co-Founder, Blockchain at Microsoft

Killing Thanos – Defeating the Ideology of Scarcity
Dr. Gale Pooley – Professor of Economics, BYU-Hawaii

1:30

Networking Break

2PM

Danielle and the Future of the Singularity (Interactive videoconference)

Ray Kurzweil will offer a glimpse of his foreseen singularity where we merge with super-intelligent computers. He will also describe his book Danielle, which tells the story of “a precocious girl uses her intelligence and accelerating technologies to solve the world’s biggest challenges.” A discussion and debate with George Gilder will follow, along with audience Q&A.

Ray Kurzweil — Director of Engineering at Google

3PM

Break

3:15

AI’s Role in Unlocking Human Potential

What are the limits, opportunities and threats posed by artificial intelligence? Can AI replicate or exceed human knowledge and creativity? What are the implications for the workforce? What are new business and career opportunities created by artificial intelligence? And will AI and humanity merge at some point in the future? These questions and others will be explored by an esteemed panel of experts. 

Matt McIlwain (Moderator) — Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group | Dr. Robert Marks — Director, Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence | Oren Etzioni — CEO, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence | Dr. George Montañez — Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Harvey Mudd College

4:15

Will Pilots and Drivers Soon Be Obsolete?

Autonomous vehicles have the potential to transform transportation by reducing congestion, limiting traffic accidents, improving the environment, enhancing social equity, and reducing the cost of personal mobility. This panel will explore this future and related questions surrounding private sector innovation and the appropriate level of government regulation.

TOM ALBERG (Moderator) — FOUNDER, MADRONA VENTURE GROUP | BRYAN MISTELE — CO-FOUNDER, PRESIDENT & CEO, INRIX | EBEN FRANKENBERG — CO-FOUNDER & CEO, ECHODYNE

5:15

Break

6PM

Hosted Reception

7PM

Dinner with Panel Discussion

Tech Elders Discuss the New Internet Architecture

Telecom expert Dan Berninger will facilitate a fascinating discussion with “Internet Elders” who will examine the past, present, and future of the Internet. Together they will outline a compelling picture of a next generation internet, tied to 5G and blockchain, that is less cumbersome, more efficient, and more secure.

Dan Berninger — Communication Architect | George Gilder — Author, Technology Futurist, Co-Founder of Discovery Institute | GIUSEPPE GORI — CEO of Gorbyte INC.

8:30

Whence AI?
Dr. Carver Mead — Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Applied Science, California Institute of Technology, Computer Pioneer, Inventor, Author, Entrepreneur, And National Medal of TechnologY Recipient

9PM

Conference Adjourns

8AM

Buffet Break

9AM

The Information Theory of Biotech

Cutting edge biotech companies are fundamentally reimagining traditional approaches to medicine. These new approaches — when paired with artificial intelligence — will not replace physicians, but will instead enhance their ability to diagnose and treat diseases.

Jay Richards (Moderator) — Author, Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute | Matt Scholz — Founder & CEO, Oisín Biotechnologies | Lindy Fishburne — Managing Partner, Breakout Ventures, Founder of Breakout Labs | Babak Parviz — Vice President, Amazon

10AM

The Crisis of Big Tech: The US and China

The United States preens as the sole global superpower, but is that really the case? Can we maintain our leadership or does the 21st Century belong to the Chinese? And which system will be more capitalist?

Dr. Bob Kelly (Moderator) — Managing Partner, Ignition Partners | George Gilder | Wendy Liu — Managing Director & Head of China Strategy, UBS Investment Research | Gary Rieschel — Founding Managing Partner, Qiming Venture Partners

11AM

Regulation vs. Revolution: U.S. Technology Leadership in a Global Marketplace

George Gilder will interview Michael Kratsios to better understand the regulatory environment governing U.S. technology companies, public and private research and development, cyber-security, and global competitiveness.

John West (Moderator) — Vice President, Discovery Institute | Michael Kratsios — Chief Technology Officer of the United States

11:45

Conference Wrap-Up
George Gilder

NOON

Conference Adjourns