ideaCity 2008

  • June 15-17, 2008
  • Toronto

Speakers

7 Fingers

Acrobatic circus troupe
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Les 7 doigts de la main, literally “the 7 fingers of the hand,” formed by seven directors/founding members, present part of their unique circus and performing arts show.

Les 7 doigts de la main, literally “the 7 fingers of the hand,” formed by seven directors/founding members, present part of their unique circus and performing arts show.

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Claudio Aprile

Molecular chef

Margaret Atwood

Writer
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Margaret Atwood is among the most-honoured authors of fiction in recent history. She is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias award for Literature, has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, winning once, and has... More

Margaret Atwood is among the most-honoured authors of fiction in recent history. She is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias award for Literature, has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, winning once, and has been a finalist for the Governor General's Award seven times, winning twice. At ideaCity2010, Margaret discusses the "future of reading" and how technology will contribute.

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Mark Bolitho

Origami master

Ben Bova

Sci-fi author

David Broadbent

Chairman & CEO, Avana Capital Corporation

David Bruneau

Meditation and wellness expert

Canadian Brass

Brass quintet

Mark Chen

Dark matter physicist

Pascal Cotte

Art restoration expert
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Art restoration pioneers Pascal Cotte and Jean Penicault present the multispectral high definition digitization system for Fine Arts, Lumiere Technology, which leads the way for museums, galleries and private collectors to present and study their... More

Art restoration pioneers Pascal Cotte and Jean Penicault present the multispectral high definition digitization system for Fine Arts, Lumiere Technology, which leads the way for museums, galleries and private collectors to present and study their masterpieces in astonishing detail and in ways never before possible.

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Faith D'Aluisio

Photojournalist and former television news producer

Aubrey de Grey

Researcher on aging

Peter Diamandis

Chairman, X Prize Foundation
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Google Lunar X Prize founder, Peter Diamandis, talks about how he turned his dream of going into space and bringing other people with him- into reality with the X PRIZE Foundation, Zero Gravity Corporation and Space Adventures.

Google Lunar X Prize founder, Peter Diamandis, talks about how he turned his dream of going into space and bringing other people with him- into reality with the X PRIZE Foundation, Zero Gravity Corporation and Space Adventures.

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Matthew Diffee

Cartoonist, The New Yorker
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Matthew Diffee, cartoonist at The New Yorker, explains the different techniques he uses to create his humorous cartoons.

Matthew Diffee, cartoonist at The New Yorker, explains the different techniques he uses to create his humorous cartoons.

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Josh Dolgin (Socalled)

Rapper and producer
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Yiddish rapper Socalled performs, followed by singer-activist Jill Sobule.

Yiddish rapper Socalled performs, followed by singer-activist Jill Sobule.

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Brendan Fey

Machine learning visionary

Bill Friedman

Lawyer and bodybuilder

Isaiah Gibbons

Drummer

Amy Gordon

Cabaret comedienne

Christie Hefner

Former Chairman & CEO, Playboy Enterprises
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Susan Pinker and Christie Hefner discuss the sexual paradox: the challenges women face in business, Hefner's experiences as a Forbes-ranked businesswoman, and Playboy's philosophy of breaking conservative attitudes and values about sex.

Susan Pinker and Christie Hefner discuss the sexual paradox: the challenges women face in business, Hefner's experiences as a Forbes-ranked businesswoman, and Playboy's philosophy of breaking conservative attitudes and values about sex.

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John Houston

Filmmaker

Betty Krawczyk

Activist and author

Ray Kurzweil

Inventor and futurist
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Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil demonstrates for the first time his latest invention: a pocket size reading machine for the blind. Kurzweil discusses the evolution of technology and predicts that in 2023, technology will be able to extend the human life considerably.

Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil demonstrates for the first time his latest invention: a pocket size reading machine for the blind. Kurzweil discusses the evolution of technology and predicts that in 2023, technology will be able to extend the human life considerably.

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Leahy

Folk music group
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The eight Powerhouse Celtic musicians present their lively performance, a rich mix of Celtic traditions and contemporary savvy.

The eight Powerhouse Celtic musicians present their lively performance, a rich mix of Celtic traditions and contemporary savvy.

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Ezra Levant

Lawyer, author, journalist, entrepreneur and political activist
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Co-founder of the Western Standard magazine, Ezra Levant, discusses freedom of speech in Canada based on his own experience of being hauled before a Canadian human rights commission for printing the Danish cartoons of Mohammed in the magazine.

Co-founder of the Western Standard magazine, Ezra Levant, discusses freedom of speech in Canada based on his own experience of being hauled before a Canadian human rights commission for printing the Danish cartoons of Mohammed in the magazine.

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David Levy

Artificial intelligence expert

Corinne Maier

Psychoanalyst and writer

Gina Mallet

Food critic

Bill Marovitz

Business developer, gun control advocate and former politician

Peter Menzel

Photojournalist

Chris Oliveros

Art and literary comics publisher

Jean Penicaut

Art restoration expert
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Art restoration pioneers Pascal Cotte and Jean Penicault present the multispectral high definition digitization system for Fine Arts, Lumiere Technology, which leads the way for museums, galleries and private collectors to present and study their... More

Art restoration pioneers Pascal Cotte and Jean Penicault present the multispectral high definition digitization system for Fine Arts, Lumiere Technology, which leads the way for museums, galleries and private collectors to present and study their masterpieces in astonishing detail and in ways never before possible.

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Susan Pinker

Clinical psychologist and newspaper columnist
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Susan Pinker and Christie Hefner discuss the sexual paradox: the challenges women face in business, Hefner's experiences as a Forbes-ranked businesswoman, and Playboy's philosophy of breaking conservative attitudes and values about sex.

Susan Pinker and Christie Hefner discuss the sexual paradox: the challenges women face in business, Hefner's experiences as a Forbes-ranked businesswoman, and Playboy's philosophy of breaking conservative attitudes and values about sex.

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Richard Preston

Writer

Michael Rae

Researcher
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Michael Rae, Research Assistant in the field of radical anti-aging biomedicine, presents calorie restriction as the only intervention able to slow down the aging process.

Michael Rae, Research Assistant in the field of radical anti-aging biomedicine, presents calorie restriction as the only intervention able to slow down the aging process.

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Robert Richards

Founder & CEO, Odyssey Moon Limited
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Robert (Bob) Richards, Founder and CEO of Odyssey Moon Limited, shares his passion and the importance of space exploration and commercial as well as private access to the moon.

Robert (Bob) Richards, Founder and CEO of Odyssey Moon Limited, shares his passion and the importance of space exploration and commercial as well as private access to the moon.

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Michael Rose

Professor & Director of NERE, School of Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine

Deb Roy

Director, Cognitive Machines group, MIT Media Lab

Richard Satava

Senior Science Advisor, US ARMY Medical Research

Steve Scherer

Molecular geneticist

Jay Shafer

Founder, Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

Jill Sobule

Singer-songwriter
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Yiddish rapper Socalled performs, followed by singer-activist Jill Sobule.

Yiddish rapper Socalled performs, followed by singer-activist Jill Sobule.

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Chris Suttle

Microbiologist

Jill Tarter

Director, SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute's Center for SETI Research

Ann Telnaes

Cartoonist

Alfons Weersink

Professor, Department of Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics, University of Guelph

Dave Williams

Astronaut

Chris Wood

Writer

Jun Ye

Fellow, JILA Center for Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics

Donald Yeomans

Senior Research Scientist, NASA

ideaCity 2008 is part of the ideaCity series of events.

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