Trent McConaghy

Trent McConaghy

AI/blockchain researcher & entrepreneur

Trent’s long-term goal is to help ensure that humanity has a role in an increasingly autonomous world. He started his career doing AI research at the Canadian Department of National Defense. Then in 1999, he started a company doing machine creativity (ADA), which was acquired a few years later. He then started another company using AI to help drive Moore’s Law (Solido), which has now had global impact for chip design. Most recently, he’s working on a shared public database for the internet, to allow sovereign management of data and creative works (BigchainDB and IPDB). He’s also an advisor to the Estonia E-residency program, and several AI & blockchain startups. He has published a PhD, two books, and about 50 refereed papers and patents, with a focus on AI, creativity, Moore’s Law, and blockchain technology.

Watch Trent’s last talk at Rise of AI.

Can You Get Past Your Meatbag Self to Embrace the Future? An AI Perspective.


I will describe the current most likely singularity scenario (AI waking up), why that is, and the forces catalyzing it (e.g. Google’s biz plan). I will discuss the OpenAI approach of Elon Musk et al, its assumption (that we can actually regulate AI, or create friendly AI), why that assumption is mistaken, and therefore why […]

Future of AI until Singularity