As announced earlier, come wednesday you’ll be able to experience a portion of the TED 2012 conference right here at home in Diepenbeek. Two parts of the conference will be simulcast from Long Beach, California: ‘The Lab’ and ‘The Earth’. Each part consists of five speakers.
This part will be focussing on cutting edge technology. There’ll be talks about robotics, illusions or the latest DARPA – those guys who invented the internet – developments.
First up will be Hendrik Schärfe and his robot double, geminoid DK. They want to find out how we as humans will talk, work and live with robots in the future. Second will be Regina Dugan of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a USA agency in the Department of Defense that is a real innovation engine. She’ll share her vision on innovation with us.
Jack Choi is next, the CEO of Anatomage. Anatomage is a high tech company that works on 3D medical technology. One of their products is a virtual dissection table, pretty mindblowing! The fourth talk will take us in an other direction, that of magic and illusion, when Marco Tempest takes the stage. As TED puts it: “Marco Tempest blends cutting-edge technology with the flair and showmanship of Houdini”.
On to the fifth speaker: Donald Sadoway. Donald is currently developping a groundbreaking new battery technology based on layers of liquid metal, aimed to make batteries more efficient and inexpensive. The final speaker will be Vijay Kumar. He studies the control and coordination of multi-robot formations, among other things. In short? He’ll probably be responsible for some of the future’s robotic wonders.
That concludes the first part ‘the lab’ and you’ll have 45 minutes of break time to eat some sandwiches and discuss all the marvelous talks.
the second part will be focussed on our precious and fragile oasis often refered to as ‘Earth’. The first speaker is Karen Bass, a natural history filmmaker who has traveled to all the corners of the globe. We continue in this photographic setting with Sharon Beals who’s a photographer with a keen interest in snapping photos of birds nests.
Wade Davis is next, he does so much that it’s hard to summarize it all. TED tries it with the following: “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity”. Fourth speaker will be James Hansen, a climatologist who inspired a whole generation of activists and scientists on the issue of climate change. Will he inspire us too?
At some point in this part, energy has to come in to play. That’s why T. Boone Pickens, an energy theorist will be the fifth speaker. He’s currently working hard on getting the USA to reing in its dependency on OPEC oil. We end this part on a theatrical note with the Civilians Investigative Theater. They’ll be doing a show based on another play: The Great Immensity by Cosson and Friedman.
That will conclude our TED 2012 Simulcast. We’re sure you’ll have a lot to think and exchange thoughts about, no worries though, there’ll be plenty of time for that during the reception afterwards. So if this got you interested, just head on over to tedxuhasselt.be and register for a ticket!