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John Smart, President, Acceleration Studies Foundation

January 23, 2009

John Smart

John Smart is founder and president of the Acceleration Studies Foundation (ASF,, a nonprofit community that seeks to help individuals better understand and manage continuous accelerating change. He is a future and systems theorist who studies science and technological culture with an emphasis on accelerating change, evolutionary development, computational autonomy (human-independent machine learning) and a hypothesis known in futurist circles as the technological singularity ((increasingly generalized human-surpassing machine intellignce).

Smart has a B.S. in business from the Haas school at U.C. Berkeley, an M.S. in Futures Studies from the University of Houston, and has done undergrad, postbaccalaureate and graduate work in medical, biological, cognitive, computer, and physical sciences at U.C. San Diego, U.C.L.A., and U.C. Berkeley. Smart has also one book, Planning a Life in Medicine, 2005 (Random House), for premedical students, and is presently writing his second, on the topic of accelerating change.

John Smart co-produces ASF’s occasional conference, Accelerating Change, a place where 350 science, technology, business and social activist speakers and attendees debate and explicate the topic of accelerating change. He is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists, the FBI Futures Working Group, the International Technology Education Association, and the IEEE. John is an affiliate member of the Evolution, Complexity, and Cognition (ECCO) group at the Free University of Brussels, and serves on the advisory boards of the Conversations Network, Doug Kaye’s podcasting confederation, and Prior to ASF, Smart was co-founder and CEO of Hyperlearning, a 50-employee tutorial and test preparation company, sold to The Princeton Review in 1996.

One of John Smart’s long-term professional goals is to find sponsors interested in the development of generalist multidisciplinary programs for futures studies/strategic foresight, acceleration studies, and universal evolutionary development studies. He currently lives in Mountain View, CA.

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