Algorithm 2021

Dec. 2 - 4


Just 3 days of high-level, no-pitch presentations and workshops on bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, DeFi, NFT, AI,  big data, and quantum computing.

General info

Algorithms have found their way into practically every aspect of our lives. Wheree’er you look, howe’er you range, proper deployment and utilization of algorithms point to a better and brighter future for humanity.


At the very tail end of the covid-19 pandemic, Algorithm 2021 will be an opportunity to meet again in person for 3 days of engaging and enlightening presentations and workshops.

Special consideration will be given to sessions that highlight innovative technical and commercial developments in bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, NFT, AI, big data, and quantum computing, their ethical and privacy implications, and how they impact and are impacted by public policies.


The plenary sessions of Algorithm 2021 will take place at the JSOM AuditoriumUniversity of Texas at Dallas.​

Crypto is back!

After a relatively mild crypto winter, and in a middle of a pandemic, bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies came roaring back. And the ecosystem has grown. Now we’re talking DeFi, NFTs, CBDCs, Lightening Network, staking, etc. Major financial and public companies, and even countries, have jumped in.


There’s no better time to be in crypto, and there’s no better conference to come and talk and learn about it than at Algorithm 2021.


To top it off, you’ll be able to participate in the biggest scavenger hunt crypto game in history, with opportunities to win prizes in crypto. Stay tuned for details. 

The US military and lethal AI

Can an AI system be sentient, creative and capable of understanding? Does the US military have an obligation to develop weapons systems with AI capabilities? Prof Marks, the Director of the Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence, will address those questions during his keynote.


Dr Thaler will also weigh in during his keynote on this issue of sentient and conscious AI machines.

Conscious AI?

Building conscious AI is the next frontier, with a few individuals and startups already active in the space. Some, however, believe that AI cannot be conscious. 


That provides for lively, engaging and enlightening series of talks this fall during Algorithm 2021.

AI as inventor?

Following a similar ruling by the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently ruled that AI cannot be recognised as an inventor. The rulings affect patent applications for two inventions made by an AI machine called DABUS. 


Dr. Stephen Thaler, who wrote DABUS, is scheduled to speak during Algorithm 2021.

Featured speakers

Robert Marks

Robert J. Marks, PhD

Director, Walter Bradley Center for Natural & AI

    Robert J. Marks is the Director of the Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence; a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Baylor University; and a Fellow of both IEEE and the Optical Society of America. Marks served as editor-in-chief for the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks.


    I am the author of The Case for Killer Robots: Why America’s Military Needs to Continue Development of Lethal AI. I also believe that AI can never be sentient, creative or be capable of understanding.

    Igor Jablokov

    Igor Jablokov

    CEO, Pryon

      Impatient with the gap between the invention and commercialization of AI tech, Igor left IBM and founded Yap in 2006. Five years later, Amazon acquired Yap for its AI tech, which is now found in billions of Alexa, Echo, and Fire TV devices. With my new startup – Pryon, I am working on augmented intelligence, aiming to help machines better understand people.


      During Algorithm 2021, I’ll participate in a Q&A with UTD students, then in a fireside chat to discuss self-aware AI machines and augmented intelligence.

      Stephen Thaler

      Stephen Thaler, PhD

      President/CEO, Imagination Engines, Inc.

        I am the author of more than two dozen patents on generative AI, and I’ve also authored numerous papers based upon my patented neural network paradigms to model cognition, consciousness, and sentience. I not only believe that AI can be creative, but one that I wrote,
        DABUS, has made inventions of its own, without input from me.


        My keynote will give a high-level description of DABUS, the computational approach it uses to generate subjective feelings, and how it harnesses those feelings to generate ideas and interpret its world.

        Anastasia Marchenkova

        Anastasia Marchenkova

        Quantum Researcher, Bleximo

          I was a quantum researcher at Georgia Tech Quantum Optics & Quantum Telecommunications Lab, the University of Maryland Joint Quantum Institute, founder of CourseShark, and an alumni of the Flashpoint start-up incubator. 


          I’m working on superconducting qubit quantum processors at Bleximo. I’ll help you unwind the hype from the research in quantum computing.


          Michael Kanaan

          Captain Michael Kanaan

          Director of Operations, US Air Force

            In a previous assignment, I was the first Chairperson of Artificial Intelligence, HQ U.S. Air Force. Prior to that, I was the Enterprise Lead for Artificial Intelligence, HQ U.S. Air Force ISR & Cyber Effects Operations. I’m now the Director of Operations, U.S. Air Force/MIT Artificial Intelligence.


            My new book, T-Minus AI: Humanity’s Countdown to Artificial Intelligence and the New Pursuit of Global Power, won the 15th Annual National Indie Excellence Book of the Year Award in Technology.

            Joel Lehman

            Joel Lehman, PhD

            Senior Research Scientist, Uber AI

              I was a Senior Research Scientist at Uber AI. Prior to that, I was the first employee of Geometric Intelligence (acquired by Uber) and a tenure-track professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, where his research focused on evolutionary computation, neural networks, artificial life, and computational creativity.


              I was co-inventor of the novelty search evolutionary algorithm, and co-author of Why Greatness Cannot be Planned. My presentation will highlight current research and future challenges in AI, including the challenge of making AI machines with ethical sensibilities.

              Omar Syed

              Omar Syed

              Blockchain/DLT Architect, Shardus

                I’ve helped large organizations such as NASA and Zynga build scalable, fault tolerant, distributed systems for mission critical applications. I did a lot of cool stuff in crypto before Bitcoin hit main street. And in 2019, I organized the development of


                The distributed ledger technology I’m now working on will have state sharding and linear scaling. 


                You may view a complete list of confirmed speakers and the abstract of their presentations by clicking that big button.

                Preliminary schedule

                Dec. 2, 2021
                Dec. 2, 2021

                VIP party

                VIP party and speakers meet-and-greet. Location TBD

                Dec. 3, 2021
                Dec. 3, 2021

                Day 2 conference sessions

                Plenary conference sessions and exhibits

                Dec. 4, 2021
                Dec. 4, 2021

                Day 3 conference sessions

                Plenary conference sessions and exhibits

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                Participating companies


                Algorithm 2021 will take place at the University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080.

                Workshops will take place in the TI Auditorium, while all general conference sessions will be in the JSOM Auditorium.

                2019 event links

                Algorithm Conference was Big Data & AI Conference in 2019. You may visit the now archived website.

                Video recordings of most of the presentations are available in this YouTube playlist.

                Most of the presentations slides from that 2019 event are available at this Speaker Deck account.