EG08

  • December 11-13, 2008
  • Monterey, CA

The third Entertainment Gathering, this time moving to Monterey, California in the venue that the TED conference previously occupied.

Speakers

Dan Ariely

Author, "Predictably Irrational" and "The Upside of Irrationality"
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Dan Ariely asks, Are we in control of our own decisions? : Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we're... More

Dan Ariely asks, Are we in control of our own decisions? : Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we're not as rational as we think when we make decisions.

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David Binder

Broadway theater producer

Marshall Brickman

Screenwriter

Cameron Carpenter

Organist

David Elliot Cohen

Author and editor
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Bestselling author and editor David Cohen presents What Matters, a book of photo-essays that aims to "convert outrage into action."

Bestselling author and editor David Cohen presents What Matters, a book of photo-essays that aims to "convert outrage into action."

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Peter Diamandis

Chairman, X Prize Foundation

Ian Dunbar

Veterinarian and dog trainer
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Noted veterinarian and dog trainer Dr. Ian Dunbar offers a few of the "million different ways" to train a dog, outlining three simple strategies.

Noted veterinarian and dog trainer Dr. Ian Dunbar offers a few of the "million different ways" to train a dog, outlining three simple strategies.

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Bran Ferren

Designer and technologist

Tim Ferriss

Author, "The Four-Hour Workweek"
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How to feel like the Incredible Hulk: Tim Ferriss shows how one question - "What's the worst that could happen?" - helps him learn.

How to feel like the Incredible Hulk: Tim Ferriss shows how one question - "What's the worst that could happen?" - helps him learn.

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Dana Gluckstein

Portrait photographer

Matt Harding

Internet celebrity ("Dancing Matt")
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Viral video sensation Matt Harding responds to accusations on YouTube that his Where the Hell is Matt? video was faked. In a startling confession, Harding reveals the entire thing was actually a big-budget marketing campaign featuring elaborate CGI,... More

Viral video sensation Matt Harding responds to accusations on YouTube that his Where the Hell is Matt? video was faked. In a startling confession, Harding reveals the entire thing was actually a big-budget marketing campaign featuring elaborate CGI, animatronic puppets, and a submerged 747 airplane.

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Zahi Hawass

Egyptian archaeologist

Ken Kamler

Microsurgeon
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Dr. Kenneth Kamler recalls his harrowing experience on a climb towards the summit of Mt. Everest in 1996 when a lethal 2-day storm kicked up. The event, documented by writer Jon Krakauer in his bestselling book Into Thin Air, would lead to the deaths... More

Dr. Kenneth Kamler recalls his harrowing experience on a climb towards the summit of Mt. Everest in 1996 when a lethal 2-day storm kicked up. The event, documented by writer Jon Krakauer in his bestselling book Into Thin Air, would lead to the deaths of eight climbers and leave several others -- including Kamler -- stranded and fighting for their lives. In this presentation, Kamler explores the effects of the disaster, the rescue, and the relentless drive of human survival.

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Miru Kim

Photographer
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Making art of New York's urban ruins: Kim explores industrial ruins underneath New York and then photographs herself in them, nude -- to bring these massive, dangerous, hidden spaces into sharp focus.

Making art of New York's urban ruins: Kim explores industrial ruins underneath New York and then photographs herself in them, nude -- to bring these massive, dangerous, hidden spaces into sharp focus.

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Scott Kim

Puzzle designer
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Scott Kim takes apart the art of puzzles : At the 2008 EG conference, famed puzzle designer Scott Kim takes us inside the puzzle-maker's frame of mind. Sampling his career's work, he introduces a few of the most popular types, and shares the fascinations that inspired some of his best.

Scott Kim takes apart the art of puzzles : At the 2008 EG conference, famed puzzle designer Scott Kim takes us inside the puzzle-maker's frame of mind. Sampling his career's work, he introduces a few of the most popular types, and shares the fascinations that inspired some of his best.

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Frans Lanting

Nature photographer

Tan Le

Co-founder & president, Emotiv
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Tan Le, co-founder and president of Emotiv Systems, gives a live demo of a mind control device that uses a person's thoughts to input computer commands. Marvin Minsky participates as guinea pig.

Tan Le, co-founder and president of Emotiv Systems, gives a live demo of a mind control device that uses a person's thoughts to input computer commands. Marvin Minsky participates as guinea pig.

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Emily Levine

Humorist and performer

Amory Lovins

Chairman, Rocky Mountain Institute

David Macaulay

Author and illustrator

Susana Martínez-Conde

Director, Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience

Eric Mead

Magician
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Magician Eric Mead draws on images from science to illustrate two simple magic tricks. Mead says, "Magic isn't about solving puzzles, it's about not knowing...and having a little bit of mystery."

Magician Eric Mead draws on images from science to illustrate two simple magic tricks. Mead says, "Magic isn't about solving puzzles, it's about not knowing...and having a little bit of mystery."

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Marvin Minsky

Co-founder, MIT's Artificial Intelligence lab
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Tan Le, co-founder and president of Emotiv Systems, gives a live demo of a mind control device that uses a person's thoughts to input computer commands. Marvin Minsky participates as guinea pig.

Tan Le, co-founder and president of Emotiv Systems, gives a live demo of a mind control device that uses a person's thoughts to input computer commands. Marvin Minsky participates as guinea pig.

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Mark Moffett

Ecologist and photographer

Joy Mountford

Interface designer

Nicholas Negroponte

Founder and chairman, One Laptop per Child

Bello Nock

Clown

Ralph Osterhout

Inventor
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Ralph Osterhout describes the "perverse symbiotic relationship" between the children's toy industry and military innovation.

Ralph Osterhout describes the "perverse symbiotic relationship" between the children's toy industry and military innovation.

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Marc Pachter

Flâneur
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The art of the interview : Marc Pachter has conducted live interviews with some of the most intriguing characters in recent American history as part of a remarkable series created for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. He reveals the secret... More

The art of the interview : Marc Pachter has conducted live interviews with some of the most intriguing characters in recent American history as part of a remarkable series created for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. He reveals the secret to a great interview and shares extraordinary stories of talking with Steve Martin, Clare Booth Luce and more.

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David Pogue

Technology columnist, New York Times
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Cool new things you can do with your mobile phone: New York Times tech columnist David Pogue rounds up some handy cell phone tools and services that can boost your productivity and lower your bills (and your blood pressure).

Cool new things you can do with your mobile phone: New York Times tech columnist David Pogue rounds up some handy cell phone tools and services that can boost your productivity and lower your bills (and your blood pressure).

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Mike Rowe

Host, "Dirty Jobs"
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Celebrating work -- all kinds of work: Mike Rowe, the host of "Dirty Jobs," tells some compelling (and horrifying) real-life job stories. Listen for his insights and observations about the nature of hard work, and how it's been unjustifiably degraded in society today.

Celebrating work -- all kinds of work: Mike Rowe, the host of "Dirty Jobs," tells some compelling (and horrifying) real-life job stories. Listen for his insights and observations about the nature of hard work, and how it's been unjustifiably degraded in society today.

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Todd Rundgren

Musician and record producer
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Highlighting the flaws of the music industry, musician and computer programmer Todd Rundgren says, "music is a service, not a product" and should be marketed accordingly.

Highlighting the flaws of the music industry, musician and computer programmer Todd Rundgren says, "music is a service, not a product" and should be marketed accordingly.

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Adam Savage

Co-host, "MythBusters"
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My quest for the dodo bird, and other obsessions: Adam Savage talks about his fascination with the dodo bird, and how it led him on a strange and surprising double quest. It's an entertaining adventure through the mind of a creative obsessive.

My quest for the dodo bird, and other obsessions: Adam Savage talks about his fascination with the dodo bird, and how it led him on a strange and surprising double quest. It's an entertaining adventure through the mind of a creative obsessive.

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Bruce Shapiro

Motion control artist

Alvy Ray Smith

Co-founder, Pixar

Rick Smolan

Photographer

Jill Sobule

Singer-songwriter

Gary Starr

Co-founder, ZAP
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Gary Starr gives the EG 08 conference just a few reasons to go electric. Gary also talks about Zap's newest vehicle The Alias, which is competing in the progressive insurance Xprize and will also hit the streets in December 09.

Gary Starr gives the EG 08 conference just a few reasons to go electric. Gary also talks about Zap's newest vehicle The Alias, which is competing in the progressive insurance Xprize and will also hit the streets in December 09.

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Mark Stutzman

Illustrator

Jamy Ian Swiss

Sleight-of-hand magician

Richard Saul Wurman

Founder, TED conferences

EG08 is part of the EG series of events.

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