For interested people in East Coast US and in Europe, especially, the Summit seems a unique opportunity to see speakers of various awesome expertise on the kind of subjects this blog talks about. Subjects are broadly based around the idea of the technological singularity, but look like they will include cognitive enhancement, neuroscience, the philosophy of mind, nanotechnology, and future forecasting. Some out of many interesting speakers are David Chalmers, Ray Kurzweil, Philip Tetlock, and Peter Thiel.
The technological singularity concept recently got some front page NYT coverage – evidence that it’s taking off in the media. Still, if you come to the Summit or help spread the word, it should still be early enough that you get to say you were into this stuff before it was mainstream.