Zeynep Tufekci [ Machine Learning ] I started my first job as a computer programmer in my very first year of college — basically, as a teenager. Soon after I started working, writing software in a company, a manager who worked at the company came down to where I was, and he whispered to me, “Can he tell if I’m lying?” There was
Aerial Reconnaissance [ Waste Management ] The Ocean Cleanup is a foundation that develops technologies to extract plastic pollution from the oceans and prevent more plastic debris from entering ocean waters. Between September 26 and October 7, 2016 The Ocean Cleanup conducted a series of reconnaissance flights across the Great Pacific Garbage Patch: the Aerial Expedition. The organization was founded in 2013 by
Daniel Levitin [ Attention Economy ] A few years ago, I broke into my own house. I had just driven home, it was around midnight in the dead of Montreal winter, I had been visiting my friend, Jeff, across town, and the thermometer on the front porch read minus 40 degrees — and don’t bother asking if that’s Celsius or Fahrenheit, minus 40
Janine Benyus [ Biomimicry ] Life’s been on earth for 3.8 billion years and, in that time, life has learned what works – what’s appropriate here and what lasts here. The idea is that perhaps we should be looking at these mentors — at these biological elders. They have figured out how to create a sustainable world so, rather than inventing it from
Susan Freinkel [ Waste Management 19:03 ] Plastic built the modern world. Where would we be without pacemakers, polyester, computers, cellphones, sneakers or chewing gum. (Plastic in gum? Yep!) But a century into our love affair with plastic, we’re starting to realize it’s not such a healthy one. Plastics draw on dwindling fossil fuels, leach harmful chemicals, litter landscapes, and destroy marine life.
Shou-En Zhu [ Energy Security 15:47 ] Nano materials and nanostructures exist everywhere in our natural world. Take a look at the wing of a dragonfly. If we zoom in 100,000 times and look at the transparent membrane, we can see the nanostructures which are invisible to the naked eye. Graphene is transparent. This is a molecular model of graphene. To make it
Daniel Levitin [ Attention Economy ] I want to talk about three big ideas, and then I’d be happy to take some questions. The three big ideas are multitasking, brain extenders, and decision making in the age of information overload. But first, I’ll give you a little glimpse into why I wrote the book. Neuroscientists in the last 10 years have learned quite