The High Road

The High Road

 Cece Doucette [ WiFi 56:40 ] My name is Cece Doucette, from Ashland, and we’re here at the Burlington Public Library to discuss 5G and the Internet of Things and the impact that may have on our communities and on our health. I had been the President of the Ashland Education Foundation, a while back, and in that role I kept hearing

Soft Robots

Soft Robots

  Giada Gerboni [  9:27 | Biomimicry, Boring ] So, robots. Robots can be programmed to do the same task millions of times with minimal error, something very difficult for us, right? And it can be very impressive to watch them at work. Look at them. I could watch them for hours. No? What is less impressive is that if you take these

Automated Environments

Automated Environments

Gretchen Bakke [ Energy Security 35:06 ] The Goethe-Institut and Speculative Life Cluster (Concordia University) Conference on Automated Environments at the Canadian Centre for Architecture on November 1, 2017. Gretchen Bach holds a PhD from the University of Chicago in Cultural Anthropology. Her work focuses on the chaos and creativity that emerged during social cultural and technological transitions for the past decade. She

Bubble Gnomics

Bubble Gnomics

Safiya Noble [ 53:59 Machine Learning ] speaks at re:publica — a 3-day conference in Europe that deals with the Web 2.0, especially blogs, social media and information society that takes place annually in Berlin. All talks and discussions are streamed directly to the internet. Re:publica stems from the Latin res publica — from which we get our word Republic – meaning “public

Spontaneous Synchronization

Spontaneous Synchronization

Radhika Nagpal [ Biomimicry ] In my early days as a graduate student, I went on a snorkeling trip off the coast of the Bahamas. I’d actually never swum in the ocean before, so it was a bit terrifying. What I remember the most is, as I put my head in the water and I was trying really hard to breathe through the

Microgrid 2017

Microgrid 2017

Gretchen Bakke [ 12:37 ] Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design, McGill University. Since about 2008 there has been a groundswell of intervention in the workings of what we now call the macrogrid that aren’t coming from within the utility sector. One of the great drivers of this shift from indifference toward action is the failing reliability of the current system.

Musk vs Gary

Musk vs Gary

Elon Musk [ Boring 40:50 ] Chris Anderson: In the next half hour or so, we’re going to spend some time exploring your vision for what an exciting future might look like, which I guess makes the first question a little ironic: Why are you boring? EM: Yeah. I ask myself that frequently. We’re trying to dig a hole under LA, and this