Category Archives: Pop!Tech 2007

Pop!Tech: Elizabeth Streb – “I prefer the crash.”

Choreographer Elizabeth Streb is obsessed with action. “Action is about the now, the present tense.” She wants to see “extreme action out in the world”, but do so working in an artificial medium, the proscenium stage. She reminds us that … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech: Nina Jablonski – our skin makes us human

Anthropologist Nina Jablonski praises us as an audience for being, “an exceptional and alert group of primates.” (I will be more exceptional and alert with a bit more coffee.) She invites us to begin her talk by being quite primate … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech: Ted Ames and the recovery of Maine’s fisheries

Ted Ames is the only Maine lobsterman who’s received a MacArthur “genius grant”. Listen to him for a few minutes and the reason he’s been honored becomes very clear – he’s doing astounding work in using the knowledge of fishermen … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech: Enric Sala and pristine reefs

Oceanographer Enric Sala studies coral reefs. But he studies ones that are very different from ones you’ve seen before. Sala is interested in studying pristine reefs, ones that have never been fished, and argues that they are profoundly different from … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech: Claire Nouvian and the deep ocean

Claire Nouvian is a journalist and filmmaker fascinated by the world’s oceans. She’s got a lot to be interested in – she points out that while 75% of the world’s surface is water, 99% of the world’s volume is water. … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech – Sustainable and unsustainable cities

Designer Chris Luebkeman likes to ski. Recently, he went skiing in Dubai, enjoying the indoor slopes while it was 45C outside. He points out that the UAE government finally allowed construction workers to take a few hours off if temperatures … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech – The Nigerian Space Program

Robert Boroffice has an improbable job – he’s the head of Nigeria’s space agency, NASRDA. Andrew Zolli makes the predictable Jamaican bobsled team joke in introducing him, but Boroffice clearly has a sense of humor, telling us that one out … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech – Backing up global agriculture

The post-lunch session at Friday’s Pop!Tech is called “sustaining the future”. Andrew explains that it could be called, “the improbables”. The speakers in this session are all concerned with finding solutions to problems that may be improbable, but would be … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech: Acceleration and managing AIDS

Is it enough to come together and talk about important scientific, social and technical issues? That’s a question that Andrew Zolli, curator of Pop!Tech has been wrestling with for the past few years. Conferences like Pop!Tech have the possibility of … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech and carbon neutrality

Several of the international conferences I attend have been considering the environmental impact of their activities and purchasing carbon offsets to help balance the effects of flying hundreds of people from around the world to a town like Camden, Maine. … Continue reading

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