13 December 2015

Your field might be getting a bit over-hyped when you attend your main conference and …

… you describe your evening to your wife: she thinks you’ve just been watching the latest Ironman movie.

… General Chairs are serving as bouncers at the opening tutorials.

… the attendance goes up by 60% but the number of submitted papers by only 10%

… your room key is bespoke printed with your conference sponsors.

… you’re involved in a debate about Artificial General Intelligence and you see that an attendee in the front row comes from Human Longevity Inc.

… attendees are slightly disappointed when Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t turn up.

… New York times articles refer to you as a ‘formerly obscure academic conference’.

… on the flight, the passenger in the seat next to you is reading one of your papers.

… people keep mentioning how different things are to the period just before the AI winter.

… one of the General Chairs is writing blog posts speculating whether the field might be getting a bit over hyped.



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