Helping to solve the gender imbalance: Athena Boot Camp for women entrepreneurs!

Once you start to research, you find so many good examples of women’s active roles in many spheres online: creating, selling, and forming networks. But why is it so hard to quickly recall names of women innovators or women-led companies? Women are just as engaged both in business and the online commons, but unfortunately much less visible.

As a learning and problem-solving community, Exosphere is focused on solving problems in the world, one of which is the gender imbalance in entrepreneurship and technology.

We’ll leave it to the political pundits and social scientists to endlessly debate why and assign blame. We, however, are focused on what we can do today to address this: Athena!

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Our goal with Athena is not to create a segregated arena especially for women to shield them from male competition. If you were to compare the two, you would notice that the Athena FAQ is very similar to the FAQ of our “regular” Hydra boot camp series. Indeed, Athena is just as rigorous and challenging as the Hydra bootcamp. The only difference is we are inviting all-women visitors and participants to this, simply because we want more women joining our community. Our hope is that this will lead to a virtuous cycle of creating more visibility for women entrepreneurs and tech innovators.

Check out the Program Guide and the great women entrepreneurs who are going to visit the Boot Camp, sharing with us their challenges, inspiring with their experience and having one to one sessions with you!

Perhaps our marker for success will be that in a year or two, we will no longer need an Athena IV or V. Perhaps by then just as many women as men will have joined our community, never having to hesitate and wonder whether they will “fit in” and are welcome. But until then, this is our first salvo in the battle to getting more women seen and heard amidst all the noise of modern entrepreneurship.

Join us for Athena in Chile, from Oct 19 to Dec 11. Apply today!

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Why do we need friendly Artificial Intelligence? – A Conversation with Eliezer Yudkowsky

Eliezer Yudkowsky is cofounder of MIRI (Machine Intelligence Research Institute) and an advocate for friendly artificial intelligence. From a past participant of our boot camp who follows Eliezer’s work we came to know that he was going to be spending a few weeks over the summer here in Reñaca, Chile, where Exosphere HQ is. We had the chance to spend some time with him, comparing notes about our views on the education system, the startup culture, the future of technology and in particular on artificial intelligence. This is the interesting conversation that ensued…

Hi Eliezer, thank you for accepting this interview. First, I would like to ask you how did you get where you are in your life? What’s the path that lead you to co-found an Institute that focuses on research about artificial intelligence?

I’ve been doing this more or less my entire adult career; when I was sixteen years old I read a book, “True Names and Other Dangers”, which mentioned the idea that at the point where your model of the future predicts that technology has created smarter-than-human intelligence, your crystal ball explodes and your model can’t predict the future past that point. This would apply to Artificial Intelligence, neurologically enhanced humans, or whatever. Having entities around that are smarter than you are is a kind of difference in the future that’s fundamentally different from faster cars or space colonies. This struck me as obviously correct, so I decided to spend the rest of my life working on it. Read more