Hello and welcome. I'm Michael Anissimov,
a science/technology writer and consultant living in San Francisco.
I have a deep interest in the future of science and technology,
and see technology as creating as the board on which social and
political games are played.
There are two particular technologies which will have
a radical destabilizing effect on the globe once they pass certain
progress thresholds - molecular nanotechnology (MNT) and
Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). These technologies
are likely to be deployed sometime between 2020 and 2040, and if
we don't handle them with the utmost caution, they could cause disaster.
Accordingly, much of the material you will find on
this site is devoted to presenting evidence in favor of this view,
and encouraging the reader to get involved in the ongoing ethics
dialogue or even active support of research. I'm interested in many
other topics, like arms control and foreign policy, but my focus
on MNT and AGI is what distinguishes me from most people you'll
run across. Like so many other techie hipsters nowadays, my personal
philosophy is transhumanist.
My background: in 2002, when I was a senior in High
School, I co-founded the Immortality
Institute, a life extension organization that today includes
hundreds of paying members and an active online community. In 2006
I founded the Accelerating Future blog, which gets over
70,000 unique visitors per month and has been featured on G4TV,
SciFi.com, and the front page of Digg and Reddit. I'm currently
Media Director for the Singularity
Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Fundraising Director, North America for the Lifeboat
Foundation, and am involved in the Center
for Responsible Nanotechnology. I've given talks on futurist
issues at seminars and conferences in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San
Francisco, Palo Alto, and at Yale University.
Thanks for stopping by my webpage.
If you want to get more involved with the Singularity Institute
or Lifeboat Foundation, please send me an email and friend me on
Thank you for visiting!