Category Archives: IdeaFestival07

Closing thoughts on Idea Festival

It must be fascinating to be as well known as physicist Dr. Michio Kaku. He’s had a long and distinguished career as a theoretical physicist, working on theories that unify gravity, the strong nuclear and electro-weak forces through string field … Continue reading

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Idea Festival: Woz. Wow.

Steve Wozniak is the featured speaker at the second night of the Idea Festival. After a long introduction, he takes the stage and tries to debunk a small part of the Woz myth, saying, “I wasn’t a college dropout. I … Continue reading

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Idea Festival: Swarmed by Robots

James McLurkin‘s talk is titled “Dances with Robots”. He’s a researcher at MIT studying distributed algorithms for multi-robot systems, a former engineer with iRobot. He offers the observation that Hollywood portrayals of robots fall into three basic categories – frankenstein … Continue reading

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Idea Festival: Barrington Irving, flying solo

Barrington Irving has seen a lot more of the world than most college students. What’s more impressive is that he was the one flying. Earlier this year, Barrington completed a round-the-world solo flight, taking 97 days to travel 27,000 miles. … Continue reading

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Idea Festival: Tiffany Shlain’s web of ideas

While Idea Festival isn’t quite the blogger gathering that many tech conferences are, there are a couple of us liveblogging here. Check out Evgeny Morozov, who just posted a great summary of Craig Nevill-Manning’s talk, and Wayne Hall, who’s done … Continue reading

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Idea Festival: Craig Nevill-Manning and the secrets of Google’s success

Craig Nevill-Manning is Google’s engineering director and senior research scientist. He’s also a very good computer science teacher. In a talk at Idea Festival about what Google has learned about innovation, he offers an excellent introduction to computer science for … Continue reading

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Idea festival: Pictures of peace

Idea Festival had invited Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian human rights lawyer, writer and Nobel Peace prize winner, to speak at the conference. Unfortunately, the Iranian government wasn’t willing to provide her with a visa to speak at this event, or … Continue reading

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Idea Festival: Kristof on Darfur

Nicholas Kristof has turned his column with the New York Times into a powerful tool to advocate for disadvantaged people around the world, especially in Africa. In introducing him to the Idea Festival stage, the moderator mentions that Kristoff has … Continue reading

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Idea Festival: Dollar bills and epidemeology

I’m here at the Idea Festival in Louisville, Kentucky for the next couple of days. Idea Festival was good enough to invite me to speak last year, and invited me back this year to give a talk alongside my Global … Continue reading

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