The PopTech conference, curated by Popular Science contriubting futurist Andrew Zolli, showcases the world's most exciting ideas and inventions every October in Camden, Maine. This year's gathering tackles the "grand challenges" facing humankind today. PopSci executive editor Michael Moyer has posted his notes from the conference-the Cliff Notes, if you will, to the ideas and trends shaping the intersection of technology and culture. Detailed speaker bios are available at poptech.org.
Topics and Speakers:
Seeing What's There
Building a Gigapxl Camera
DNA Barcodes, Biodiversity and You
Creating Life From Scratch
Sculpture as Artificial Life
Mind and Body
Todd Kuiken and Jesse Sullivan
The World's First Bionic Arm
Using Prizes to Encourage Exploration
Robotic Exploration of the Very Deep Oceans
A Journey to Saturn Aboard Cassini
People, Place and Planet
Human Cost of Climate Change
Life in Bombay, the Maximum City
East Meets West
The Chinese Century: Are We Toast?
China and the Internet: The Change Goes Both Waysâ€.
Gold From Thin Air: The Economy of Synthetic Worlds
Using Video Games as a Tool of Political Organization and Dissent
Steven Berlin Johnson
Everything Bad is Good for You
The Wealth of Networks-How social production transforms markets and freedom
The $100 Laptop
Flock: A New Approach to Web Browsers
21st Century Medieval City
Looking at World Data Through Art
Using Design To Change How We Do Disaster Relief
How To Make Anything
The Future of Ideas
The End of Faith
The Future of Memetics
What Do We Know?
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Scandal of Prediction
Deceit, Self-Deception and the War
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.