Epsilon Connect 2024

Being Human in the Age of AI





May 31st – June 3rd
Nashville

  

Registration is now open for the Second Annual Epsilon Connect conference at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where truth-seekers from all over the world and all walks of life will explore the intersection of technology, humanity, and education.

Sponsored by Fable and inspired by the groundbreaking work of Epsilon Theory, this year’s conference will focus on the role of AI in our society, encapsulated in the theme: Being Human in the Age of AI.

We’re excited to deepen our partnership with the Vanderbilt Library and the McGee Advanced Research Center for Narrative Studies and share our initial collaboration around their extraordinary digital archives.

Event Details:

  • Where: Student Learning Center on Vanderbilt Campus, Nashville, Tennessee
  • When: Friday, May 31st, 7:00 PM to Monday, June 3rd, 12:00 PM
  • Pricing: Epsilon Connect is $950 for the entire session; hotel and dinners are not included. This is a not-for-profit event, and all after-cost proceeds will support hard science research on narrative structure and weaponized media. A limited number of need-based fee remissions are available, as are reduced rate fees for teachers and government employees.

Highlights:

  • Start the conference with an evening of connection and inspiration, co-hosted by Jon Shaw and the Vanderbilt Library, on Friday, May 31st, at 7:30 PM.
  • 13D Research presents their findings on how smartphones rewire the neural circuitry of our children.
  • Kyla Scanlon, Matt Zeigler and Brian Portnoy talk about media, truth and language in the vibes economy.
  • Dave Nadig and Adam Butler talk about what’s breaking modern capitalism.
  • Tom Morgan delivers the long-form version of his Sohn conference presentation on curiosity as a human superpower.
  • Andrew Smith Lewis talks about AI agents to foster human creativity.
  • Tom Kehler talks about where generative AI is going (and where it’s not).
  • Raj Vinnakota talks about the purpose of college and how to reclaim civics from the rubble that forms the modern college curriculum.
  • Grant Williams hosts an AMA with Ben Hunt and Rusty Guinn on everything you ever wanted to know about the scientific study of narrative.
  • Postmodern Jukebox founder and composer Scott Bradlee gives a talk (and live performance!) on repurposing the old with new vitality.
  • Ben Hunt delivers the finale of the Semantic Universe lecture series.
  • A weekend of “Practical AI”, with prompt workshops, team hackathons, etc., where all attendees can bring their notebook computers and get hands-on training in how to use generative AI as a tool for human creativity and accomplishment.
  • A Sunday night of connecting with old friends and new, with music, food and conversation.
  • Closing Brunch: Bid farewell to new friends and old at our goodbye brunch on Monday morning, setting the stage for future collaborations.

What hotels are near the conference location?

There are many hotels within walking distance of the Vanderbilt campus with a range to fit any budget. Parking is limited on the Vanderbilt Campus, however ride-share services have easy drop-off and pick-up points around campus.


Who is sponsoring Epsilon Connect 2024?

Epsilon Connect is sponsored by the Foundation for Applied Bio-Linguistic Exploration (FABLE), a nonprofit exploring the intersection of narrative and technology, examining their combined impact on storytelling, the human condition, and neuroscience.


Where and when is the conference being held?

The conference will take place at the Student Learning Center on Vanderbilt Campus, Nashville, Tennessee, starting Friday, May 31st, at 7:30 PM and concluding Monday, June 3rd, at noon. It will run from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.


Are there any planned group events at night?

  • Friday, May 31st: Welcome reception co-hosted with Vanderbilt University Library.
  • Saturday, June 1st: A free evening for exploring Nashville’s nightlife with new and old friends.
  • Sunday, June 2nd: An evening of music and conversation! Details TBD.

Is the conference wheelchair accessible?

Yes. Vanderbilt is a fully accessible campus. If you require accommodation during the conference, please email us at [email protected].


What does Epsilon Connect 2024 cost and what does my fee cover?

The registration price for Epsilon Connect is $950 and does not include hotel, transportation, or evening meals. $350 of the value of each ticket will be considered a charitable contribution to Fable, the 501(c)3 sponsor of Epsilon Connect 2024.


Is Epsilon Connect 2024 open only to paid subscribers of Epsilon Theory?

No! You don’t need to be a paid subscriber of Epsilon Theory to register for the event. Bring a friend!


Can I cancel without penalty?

  • If you cancel by April 12th, you are eligible for a full refund (less processing fees)
  • If you cancel by May 10th, you are eligible for a 50% refund (less processing fees)
  • After May 10th, we will no longer be able to offer refunds.

Connect 2023 in Pictures

Ask Me Anything with Ben, Rusty, and Grant Williams