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    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 Facebook.

    Thank you for visiting!