COSM A Technology Summit


COSM is an exclusive national summit on the converging technologies remaking the world as we know it. For decades, George Gilder has written presciently about the technological revolutions shaping our world, from the microchip in Microcosm, broadband in Telecosm, and the cryptocosm in Life After Google.

Cosm — the root of the English words cosmos, microcosm, and cosmopolitan — comes from the Greek word kósmos and means order, government, world, universe.

Is AI “generative” or degenerative? Does it usurp humans, or save us from new perils? Depending on which AI inventor you prefer, AI portends either human extinction or human salvation. One AI titan, Geoffrey Hinton, recently of Google’s Deep Mind, sees it as a dire threat, while Yan Lecun of Meta sees it as a redemptive opportunity. As usual, experts can be polarized or even blinded by the noise and narrowness of their specialties. 

This year’s COSM Technology Summit, to be held November 1-3 in Bellevue, Washington at the Bellevue Hyatt, will transcend these limited visions. Instead we will seek the transformative unities that integrate this new phase in computer science with emerging paradigms in economics, materials science, the nanocosm, and even the physics of the universe. 

At Discovery Institute, AI takes its place in the unfolding fabric of human creativity and information science transforming wealth creation, capitalism, media, investment, jobs and the human future. But it does not stand alone. How do other converging technologies — biotech, autonomous vehicles, WiFi6, blockchain, the metaverse, cryptocurrency, 6G, cloud computing, and even quantum computing — fit into the ever expanding kaleidoscopes of surprise in the human climb from chaos to the stars. 

Can we keep these technologies to ourselves? Are we threatened by a newly authoritarian China? Or is innovation inherently a global venture in freedom that is stultified by any effort to capture or monopolize it on either side?

COSM is a gathering like no other — an exclusive national summit that examines the cutting-edge technologies that are remaking the world. We spur debate and deliberation among industry leaders on the unities animating these apparently divergent technology areas and to foster discussion with conference attendees. The summit also illuminates the synergy between Seattle and the world and provides a scene of civilized conversation and exchange. 

Join us.  The future meets at COSM 2023.