2016 Guest of Honor suggestions

Penguicon is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run convention that combines the spirit and interest of the Open Source community with Science Fiction fandom. We love to throw authors of, say, virtual reality SF books together with people creating those same devices today. as well as futurists who talk about where we seem to be going with those trends.

Our Guests of Honor should be people who can contribute to those conversations as leaders in new technology (especially open source!), science fiction, or related fields. They should be people who will understand that we can not pay speaking fees but will take care of them like one of our own - Neil deGrasse Tyson sends his polite apologies in advance.

We want GoHs who are advancing their field. People whose work is well-known, but also people whose work you think _should_ be well known, or could take the community by storm if they had more attention!

For 2016, our informal focus (like 2014's "Security and Privacy" and 2015's "Human Augmentation") is Artificial Intelligence and intelligent agents. We want to talk about where AI is going, where it is now, and where people think it might go. But along with what's known as "Artificial General Intelligence" (the kind of AI that can ask how your day is going, and understand your answer), we also want to talk about the latest in "Artificial Narrow Intelligence" (aka Weak AI) - the kind that knows how to do one thing very well, such as regulate the temperature of your house, translate spoken language on-the-fly, and other "agents" that make their own decisions.

By no means are our GoHs limited to people in this field... but if they're familiar, it will help their chances. ;)

NOTE: While this form will go out to a few people early in 2015, and they're welcome to share it with individuals who want to offer a name, it is not intended to be shared to the public through social media until April.

Thanks so much for giving us your input.

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