Monthly Archives: October 2005

Negroponte and the $100 Laptop

Nicholas Negroponte is speaking about the $100 laptop, and the long path that’s led to his interest in the topic. Ultimately, Nicholas believes that in all the problems we’re considering at a conference like Pop!Tech, education is part of the … Continue reading

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Moving on to serious stuff, like Grand Theft Auto

I spoke to Steven Johnson briefly before his presentation at Pop!Tech. He told me he was going to try to add some seriousness, gravitas and weight to our discussions, trying to move us beyond the trivialities of life – global … Continue reading

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Ivan Marovic: A Force More Powerful

Ivan Marovic is a young Serbian activist, a key figure in the Otpor (“Resistance”) movement. The movement was a decentralized student movement – there was some coordination from Belgrade, but each group had the authority to work on their own. … Continue reading

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Ed Castronova: Making Gold out of Thin Air

Ed Castronova has a job that couldn’t have existed until very recently – he’s an economist of virtual worlds. His talk – “Gold from Thin Air” – is designed to surprise the audience that real money is being made online. … Continue reading

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Rebecca MacKinnon: What will China do to the Internet?

My Berkman colleague Rebecca MacKinnon starts her Pop!Tech talk with a story about a small village outside of Beijing – Pu Sa Lu. In 1999, she was the Beijing bureau chief for CNN and she’s travelling to this hick town … Continue reading

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Oded Shenker – Are We Toast?

Oded Shenkar is the Ford Motor Company Chair in global business management at Fisher, the business school at Ohio State University. His recent research is on the business and economic impact of the China on the global economy, including a … Continue reading

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A visit to the “City of Gold” with Suketu Mehta

Suketu Mehta, an Indian author, gives us a tour of his hometown, Mumbai, as documented in his book, “Maximum City”. He’s returning, having left “Bombay” years before to return to “Mumbai” and comes back to talk to Mumbai residents about … Continue reading

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Mark Lynas on Climate Change: Code Blue or Code Red?

Mark Lynas is a British journalist who focuses on climate change. He’s been on a world tour, documenting impacts of climate change. Armed with photos that give clues to the impacts of climate change, he introduces us to some possible … Continue reading

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Sea. The final frontier.

Dr. Peter Diamandis gave a colorful, energetic talk about the X Prize for travel. I didn’t blog it, because, as a friend of mine puts it, “it’s not my geek”. Which is to say, I acknowledge that cool, smart people … Continue reading

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How to Build a Better Bionic Man

Imagine, for a moment, losing both your arms. If you’re very lucky, you’ll lose them below the elbow. That means you’ll be able to wear a prosthesis and use your shoulder muscles to open and close your hand. If you’re … Continue reading

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