Advisory Board

Professor John M. Smart

John M. Smart, M.S. is President, Acceleration Studies Foundation.
John is a foresight scholar 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 Singularity (increasingly generalized human-surpassing machine intelligence).
He is also a professor and program champion for the Master of Science in Emerging Technologies at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, AZ, a technology foresight degree program.
John earned his B.S. in business administration from U.C. Berkeley, an M.S.-equivalency in physiology and medicine (two years of medical school and the USMLE-I) from U.C. San Diego School of Medicine, an M.S. in futures studies from the University of Houston, and has done additional undergraduate work in biological, cognitive, computer, and physical sciences at U.C. San Diego, U.C.L.A., and U.C. Berkeley. He has authored one book, Planning a Life in Medicine, for premedical students, and is presently writing his second on the topic of accelerating change.
He is also cofounder of Evo Devo Universe, an international interdisciplinary research community where scholars critique models and hypotheses of evolutionary and developmental process, considered at universal and subsystem scales.
John is an advisor in Futures Studies & Forecasting at Singularity University, an affiliate scholar in the Evolution, Complexity, and Cognition (ECCO) group at the Free University of Brussels, and a member of the Association of Professional Futurists, the FBI Futures Working Group, the International Technology Education Association, and the IEEE. Prior to ASF he was cofounder and CEO of Hyperlearning, a 50-employee tutorial and test preparation company, sold to The Princeton Review in 1996.
Watch John Smart — Singularity Summit at Stanford, John Smart — Evo Devo Universe, The Digital Self, John Smart — Dice NextTech 2010, Metaverse 2.0: Our Accelerating Future, John Smart — H+ Summit 2009, TEDxDelMar — John M. Smart — The Television Will Be Revolutionized, John Smart — Amplify Festival 2011, and ImmersiveTech Summit 2010 — John Smart — 10 Years and Beyond. Watch his Vimeo videos. Read his LinkedIn profile. Follow his Twitter feed.