Poptech 2005

  • October 20-22, 2005
  • Camden, Maine

ITConversations recorded much of the event, starting with Graham Flint's talk that started the conference.

Also, one attendee's notes of the speaker sessions are on his blog.

Speakers

Yochai Benkler

Legal expert

Susan Blackmore

Memeticist

Edward Castranova

Associate Professor of Telecommunications, Indiana University Bloomington

Bart Decrem

CEO, Tapulous

Peter Diamandis

Chairman, X Prize Foundation

Graham Flint

Gigapxl project

Ze Frank

Humorist, performance artist, and interactive designer

Haale Gafori

Singer, composer, and poet

Neil Gershenfeld

Director, MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms
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Twenty minutes may not really be enough time to fully understand the implications of the so-called Fab Lab, invented by the director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. But it’s a mind-blowing place to start!

Twenty minutes may not really be enough time to fully understand the implications of the so-called Fab Lab, invented by the director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. But it’s a mind-blowing place to start!

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Ingo Gunther

Artist

Bob Hanner

Associate director, Canadian Barcode of Life Network

Sam Harris

Writer, Philosopher & Neuroscientist

The problem of belief

The problem of belief

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Theo Jansen

Artist
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Blending the line between art and engineering, this Dutch visual artist creates “life” in the form of “animals” that walk the beach in the Netherlands, and, to the delight of PopTechers, the stage and streets of Camden, Maine

Blending the line between art and engineering, this Dutch visual artist creates “life” in the form of “animals” that walk the beach in the Netherlands, and, to the delight of PopTechers, the stage and streets of Camden, Maine

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Steven Johnson

Author

Todd Kuiken

Director, Neural Engineering Center for Artificial Limbs, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
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Don’t miss the “it” moment from Pop!Tech 2005, as the world’s first non-fictional bionic man maneuvers his prosthetic arm using only his mind. Jesse Sullivan and his doctor, Todd Kuiken, move every heart in the room with indomitable spirit and astonishing bionics.

Don’t miss the “it” moment from Pop!Tech 2005, as the world’s first non-fictional bionic man maneuvers his prosthetic arm using only his mind. Jesse Sullivan and his doctor, Todd Kuiken, move every heart in the room with indomitable spirit and astonishing bionics.

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Ethan Lipton

Musician

Mark Lynas

Environmental journalist
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Environmental journalist Mark Lynas reports from his global tour of climate change hotspots – documenting the dramatic effects that even one degree of global warming may have around the world.

Environmental journalist Mark Lynas reports from his global tour of climate change hotspots – documenting the dramatic effects that even one degree of global warming may have around the world.

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Rebecca MacKinnon

Founder, Global Voices Online

Ivan Marovic

Serbian activist
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You say you want a revolution? Ivan Marovic’s got one for you—a nonviolent one, that is. This Serbian activist is connecting the virtual world to the real world with a video game to promote nonviolent strategies. It’s an interactive approach that teaches in a way books and films can’t.

You say you want a revolution? Ivan Marovic’s got one for you—a nonviolent one, that is. This Serbian activist is connecting the virtual world to the real world with a video game to promote nonviolent strategies. It’s an interactive approach that teaches in a way books and films can’t.

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Zivanai Masango

Zimbabwean musician

Marcia McNutt

Director, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
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Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute director Marcia McNutt takes us on an amazing, otherworldly tour of the deep seas, the incomprehensible life still undiscovered there, and the full power and potential of our oceans.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute director Marcia McNutt takes us on an amazing, otherworldly tour of the deep seas, the incomprehensible life still undiscovered there, and the full power and potential of our oceans.

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Suketu Mehta

Writer
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Writer Suketu Mehta glimpses our possible urban future through the lens of the vastly contrasting lifestyles in Mumbai, the biggest, fastest, richest city in India, and with a population of 21 million, larger and more crowded than many nation states.

Writer Suketu Mehta glimpses our possible urban future through the lens of the vastly contrasting lifestyles in Mumbai, the biggest, fastest, richest city in India, and with a population of 21 million, larger and more crowded than many nation states.

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Nicholas Negroponte

Founder and chairman, One Laptop per Child

Robert Neuwirth

Author
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Having spent two years living in squatter communities across four continents, urban ethnographer Robert Neuwirth finds people living lives of complexity, challenge, and surprising resiliency.

Having spent two years living in squatter communities across four continents, urban ethnographer Robert Neuwirth finds people living lives of complexity, challenge, and surprising resiliency.

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Norman Packard

Founder, ProtoLife

Carolyn Porco

Planetary Scientist
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As leader of the Imaging Science Team on the Cassini mission to Saturn, Carolyn Porco brings to the Pop!Tech stage breathtaking images and stories of exploration and discovery that, by her own admission, make grown men cry.

As leader of the Imaging Science Team on the Cassini mission to Saturn, Carolyn Porco brings to the Pop!Tech stage breathtaking images and stories of exploration and discovery that, by her own admission, make grown men cry.

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Davy Rothbert

Creator, FOUND Magazine

Sanjit "Bunker" Roy

Founder, Barefoot College
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Profound respect for collective wisdom and traditional skills permeate Bunker Roy’s tale of how his Barefoot College empowers local people to improve their communities by demystifying technology and recognizing the dignity of labor.

Profound respect for collective wisdom and traditional skills permeate Bunker Roy’s tale of how his Barefoot College empowers local people to improve their communities by demystifying technology and recognizing the dignity of labor.

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Oded Shenkar

Chair in Global Business Management, Ford Motor Company

Cameron Sinclair

Co-founder, Architecture for Humanity

Jesse Sullivan

World's first bionic man
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Don’t miss the “it” moment from Pop!Tech 2005, as the world’s first non-fictional bionic man maneuvers his prosthetic arm using only his mind. Jesse Sullivan and his doctor, Todd Kuiken, move every heart in the room with indomitable spirit and astonishing bionics.

Don’t miss the “it” moment from Pop!Tech 2005, as the world’s first non-fictional bionic man maneuvers his prosthetic arm using only his mind. Jesse Sullivan and his doctor, Todd Kuiken, move every heart in the room with indomitable spirit and astonishing bionics.

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Essayist, scholar and former practitioner of mathematical finance
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb is not afraid to say “I don’t know.” In fact, he’s proud of his ignorance. A mathematician, philosopher and hedge-fund manager all in one iconoclastic package, Taleb demonstrates the wisdom in admitting the limitations of our knowledge.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb is not afraid to say “I don’t know.” In fact, he’s proud of his ignorance. A mathematician, philosopher and hedge-fund manager all in one iconoclastic package, Taleb demonstrates the wisdom in admitting the limitations of our knowledge.

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Robert Trivers

Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University

Poptech 2005 is part of the PopTech series of events.

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