After service as a Royal Marine and as an Intelligence Officer for the UK Security Services, Paddy Ashdown became a Member of Parliament for Yeovil from 1983 until 2001, and leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 until August 1999. Later on he became the international High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2002 to 2006 following his vigorous lobbying for military action against Yugoslavia in the 1990s. A gifted polyglot, Ashdown is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and other languages. In the New Years Honors of 2006, he was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (GCMG) and was also made Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2000. Ashdown continues to be prevalent in UK and international politics today.
Eileen Bartholomew currently works as Sr. Director, Prize Development for the X PRIZE Foundation. Eileen has over 15 years of experiencein building innovative research and development programs for public, private and non-profit organizations. She has worked across the Life Sciences and Health Care industry, helping clients worldwide identify, plan, launch andsustain a wide range of medical products and services, from blockbuster drugsto specialty pharmaceuticals to niche medical devices. Prior to joining the X PRIZE Foundation, Ms. Bartholomew served in leadership positions in several large and boutique management consulting organizations, including Navigant Consulting. Eileen is committed to helping companies develop technological breakthroughs to improve global health and ameliorate suffering. She is also committed to the needs and opportunities of women in business and actively pursues this passion in multiple non-profit institutions, including the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association. Ms. Bartholomew received her BA in Biology from Harvard College and is a graduate of Singularity University.
John Bohannon has a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Oxford University and is a Contributing Correspondent at Science Magazine, and a Visiting Scholar in the Program in Ethics and Health at Harvard University.
John is a journalist investigating the ethical aspects of science and public health policy. In addition to being a contributing correspondent for Science, he writes for Discover, Wired, and other publications.
While visiting the Harvard University Program in Ethics and Health, he is working on two areas of research: 1) torture - in particular the complicity of scientific and medical workers in torture, and 2) ethical problems involved with obtaining global health data, stemming from his journalistic coverage of the controversial attempts to estimate the health and mortality of the Iraqi population since the US-led invasion.In his online series, The Gonzo Scientist John takes a look at the intersections among science, culture, and art -- and, in true gonzo style, doesn't shrink from making himself a part of the story. The stories include original art and accompanying multimedia featuresin which he really explores the possibility of bridging the gap between the arts and sciences.In his attempt to find common ground between the two disciplines, John asks the question Can Scientists Dance?To address this question, John hosted a competition in which graduate students, post doctorates, and professors were asked to interpret (without words or images) their PhD thesis in dance form.
At the age of 13, Lorenz Bogaert started one of the first bulletin board systems, allowing 6 users to simultaneously interact with each other and share files. He saw the internet revolution changing the life of millions as a student, as a freelance consultant to a variety of tier-1 ISPʼs and telcos and as contributing editor for internet magazines. Lorenz has degrees in Law and Management and was awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008.
David Brin is a scientist, inventor, and New York Times bestselling author. With books translated into 25 languages, he has won multiple Hugo, Nebula, and other awards. A film directed by Kevin Costner was based on David's novel The Postman. Other works have been optioned by Paramount and Warner Bros. One of them – Kiln People – has been called a book of ideas disguised as a fast-moving and fun noir detective story, set in a vividly original future; while a hardcover graphic novel – The Life Eaters – explored alternate outcomes to World War II. David's science-fictional Uplift Universe explores a future when humans genetically engineer higher animals, like dolphins, to speak
As a "scientist/futurist," David is seen frequently on television shows such as The ArchiTechs, Universe, and Life After People (the most popular show ever, on the History Channel) – along with many appearances on PBS and NPR. He is also much in-demand to speak about future trends, keynoting for IBM, Google, Procter & Gamble, SAP, Microsoft, Qualcomm, the Mauldin Group, and Casey Research, all the way to think tanks, Homeland Security, and the CIA.
Kushal is the co-founder and CEO of Vittana. Vittana's mission is to connect people to opportunity through education. We believe education is the most powerful tool to fight poverty: in Asia, for example, Vittana students go from earning $3 to $8 per day. Vittana works in 10 countries, has a 99% repayment rate, and has been featured in the Economist ("a hotbed of innovation"), Fast Company ("5 Social Entrepreneurs Who'll Change the World") and dozens of other leading publications. Previously, Kushal ran technology for a $1B+ team at Amazon.com and is the author of 20+ patents, papers and talks. In his free time, he runs Ironman triathlons and trains guide dogs for the blind. Kushal was recently named one of Seattle's Top 40 People Under 40 and voted the #1 game-changer in philanthropy by 1.7 million readers on Huffington Post.
Leila Chirayath Janah is the founder of Samasource, an award-winning social business that connects people living in poverty to microwork— small, computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income. Janah is a frequent speaker on social entrepreneurship and technology, and her work has been profiled by CBS, CNN, NPR, the BBC, The New York Times, and The New Scientist. She serves on the board of the non-profit TechSoupGlobal and as an advisor to mobile shopping appSpreetales. She received the World Technology Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2010, and in 2009 was named one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Women in Technology.Prior to Samasource, Janah was a founding Director of Incentives for Global Health, an initiative to increase R&D spending on diseases of the poor, and a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Co.). She has also worked at the World Bank and as a travel writer for Let's Go in Mozambique, Brazil, and Borneo.Janah was a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Program on Global Justice and Australian National University's Center for Applied Philosophyand Public Ethics. She received a BA from Harvard and lives in San Francisco.
Peter has been interested in technology and engineering since he was 11 and has spent most of his life trying to understand the seemingly obvious, and he always asks; how, why, and why not! As a child of the 1940s he is now a seasoned professional with decades of hands on management, technology and operational experience. Whilst employed by BT he progressed from linesman to R&D engineer, Head of Research and then CTO. His a 1000 strong team were engaged in studies spanning optical fiber, fixed and mobile networks, complex systems, AI, AL, products, and human design. Peter has also been employed in the defence, logistics, travel, retail, energy, healthcare, transport and pharma sectors. As an investor and entrepreneur he has also engaged in the founding of new companies, and global investments. He was appointed as the UK's first Prof for the Public Understanding of Science & Technology @ Bristol in 1998. A graduate of Nottingham Trent and Essex Universities, Peter has received notable recognition with the Queen's Award for Innovation & Export in 1990, numerous Honorary Doctorates, and was awarded an OBE in 1999 for contributions to international communications.
David Cuartielles is a Spanish microchip engineer, Independent Design Professional, and Electronics Laboratory Director at Malmo University, Sweden. David is the creator and co-founder of Arduino, which is an open-source single-board microcontroller, descendant of the open-source Wiring Platform, designed to make the process of using electronics in multidisciplinary projects more accessible. Arduino can sense the environment by receiving input from a variety of sensors and can affect its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other actuators. Cuartielles and his team share their discoveries with the rest of the world (Arduino can be built, bought, and sold by anyone, anywhere) with the idea that open-source hardware is fundamental to the advancement of the world's technology.
Henrik Scharfe is Director of the Center for Computer-mediated Epistemology at Aalborg University in Denmark. He is also the proud owner of the Geminoid-DK, the latest addition to the line of geminoids: an ultra-realistic android that look exactly like its master. The DK is the only geminoid to take up work outside of Japan. The android regularly receives guests at his office at the university, and also takes part in events and experiments in many different locations, trying to shed light on human robot relations. The Geminoid is an amazing thinking tool that replenish power to some very deep questions, including the role that technology plays in our present and future lives.
Henrik Scharfe lives with two bodies. One was born in Denmark in the late 60'ies, and one was born in Japan in 2011. At this event, he will bring both of them to face the challenge of thinking about the deep future. As a viewer on YouTube commented: "There is a party in the Uncanny Valley, and this guy is invited".
Sebastien de Halleux is Co-Founder of Playfish, one of the largest and fastest growing social game companies which disrupted the video game industry by changing how millions of people play together. Playfish was acquired by video game giant Electronic Arts in November of 2009. Prior to starting Playfish Sebastien helped launch another startup, Macrospace, an early pioneer in mobile games (now Glu Mobile, which IPOed in 2007) and worked at other companies including Nokia and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Sebastien is an active angel investor and is involved in several non-profit projects which harness bright minds and technology to change the world for good. Sebastien holds a master's degree in Civil Engineering from Imperial College and was a recipient of the 2010 TechFellow Award.
DAVID DEUTSCH'S research in quantum physics has been influential and highly acclaimed. His papers on quantum computation laid the foundations for that field, breaking new ground in the theory of computation as well as physics, and have triggered an explosion of research efforts worldwide.
Born in Haifa, Israel, David Deutsch was educated at Cambridge and Oxford universities. After several years at the University of Texas at Austin, he returned to Oxford, where he now lives and works. Since 1999, he has been a non-stipendiary Visiting Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford, where he is a member of the Centre for Quantum Computation at the Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford University.
In 1998 he was awarded the Institute of Physics' Paul Dirac Prize and Medal. This is the Premier Award for theoretical physics within the gift of the Council of the Institute of Physics. It is made for "outstanding contributions to theoretical (including mathematical and computational) physics". In 2002 he received the Fourth International Award on Quantum Communication for "theoretical work on Quantum
Hasan Elahi is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, simulated time, transport systems, borders and frontiers. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as SITE Santa Fe, Centre Georges Pompidou, Sundance Film Festival,and at the Venice Biennale. Elahi has spoken about his work at the TateModern, TEDGlobal, Einstein Forum, and at the American Association of Artificial Intelligence. His work has been supported with grants from the Creative Capital Foundation and a Ford Foundation/Phillip Morris National Fellowship, among others. His work is frequently in the media and has been covered by The New York Times, Forbes, Wired, The Guardian, BBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR, Al Jazeera, Fox, and has appeared on The Colbert Report. He is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Digital Cultures and Creativity Program at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Fenwick is a consultant neuropsychiatrist and for many years ran the neuropsychiatric and epilepsy unit at the Maudsley Hospital and was Co-Director of both research and clinical programmes at the Department of Neurophysiology at Broadmoor Hospital. He also runs a clinical and forensic neuropsychiatric practice. For the last ten years he has spent several months a year at the RIKEN Neuroscience Institute in Japan, examining brain function through a study of the brain's magnetic field –the relatively new technique of magnetoencephalography. His major interest now is the problem of consciousness and, specifically, how consciousness changes as we approach death. In the UK he has carried out research into near death experiences in coronary care units, and is at present conducting surveys of end of life experiences in hospices and nursing homes in southern England and in Holland. Death and dying are clearly topics of wide, one might say universal, human interest, so as well as several academic papers on this research, he has written two books about these experiences for the general public; The Truth in the Light and The Art of Dying.
Ken Haase is an engineer-scientist-philosopher trying to understand the complex evolving ecology which is human understanding and to implement systems which expand and enhance insight and understanding. Trained in philosophy and artificial intelligence and inspired by the complex dynamic cycles of the natural world, I build systems which learn and understand in order to help people better manage and grasp the complex universes of information we depend on. This practice includes a lifelong fascination with creativity: the means by which mind evolves to better align an unlikely world which it half understands. He was a professor at the MIT Media Laboratory, working on semantically rich metadata and radically case-based representations. This work included infrastructure work on very large knowledge bases, linguistic work on fast robust shallow parsing, development of knowledge and language based information retrieval, and devising highly efficient (amortized linear time) analogical matching algorithms to support case-based knowledge representations.
Charles Hazlewood's fresh presentations of classical music shake up the traditional settings of the form -- in one performance he'll engage in a conversation with the audience, while in another he'll blend film or sculpture into a piece -- but his goal is always the same: exposing the deep, always-modern joy of the classics. He's a familiar face on British TV, notably in the 2009 series The Birth of British Music on BBC2. He conducts the BBC Orchestras and guest-conducts orchestras around the world.
Together with Mark Dornford-May, he founded a lyric-theatre company in South Africa called Dimpho Di Kopane (which means "combined talents") after auditioning in the townships and villages of South Africa. Of the 40 members, only three had professional training. They debuted with Bizet's Carmen, which was later transposed into a movie version in Xhosa that was honored at the Berlin Flim Festival. He regularly involves children in his projects and curates his own music festival, Play the Field, on his farm in Somerset.
Andrew Hessel, MSc, iGEM Program Development, Alberta Ingenuity Fund, is a consulting biologist and author interested in synthetic biology and open source biology. DNA is a programming language that scientists have been working to reverse engineer with increasing success. Andrew advocates the use of open source for writing DNA code. In software development, open source has led to robust code, highly skilled developer communities, and non-monopolistic pricing — in other words, good things for end users. If the same results can be achieved in genome engineering, open source could potentially create a more diversified and sustainable biotechnology industry. These ideas are explored in Open Sources 2.0, published by O'Reilly.. Since 2003, Andrew has worked to raise awareness about the potential benefits of synthetic biology and open source biology. His efforts have been supported by the University of Oklahoma, the University of Toronto, MIT, and most recently, the Alberta Ingenuity Fund. His ongoing goal is to help create an open source biotechnology company that specializes in individually personalized cancer therapeutics. He finds it amusing that many people think this idea is ludicrous, yet consider $1B and 10 years to develop a new drug perfectly reasonable. Time will tell.
Peter Hinssen is one of Europe's thought leaders on the impact of technology on our society. He has a focus on the consumer adoption of technology, on the impact of networked digital society, and on the alignment between Business and IT. Peter is currently involved as a coach to executives to develop future innovation perspectives, and is a board advisor on subjects related to innovation and IT. He develops executive education workshops and awareness sessions to bridge business challenges with IT solutions, and to leverage the innovation potential of IT.Peter Hinssen is co-founder of Across Group and CEO of Across Technology. An entrepreneur, lecturer and writer, he is also the former chairman of Porthus and has been an Entrepreneur in Residence with McKinsey & Company. He was also the founder and CEO at e-COM Interactive, a leading Internet consultancy firm, where he implemented some of the first large-scale Internet and e-commerce projects in Europe.
Mikko Hypponen is based in Helsinki, Finland. He has been analysing computer viruses for more than 20 years. Mr. Hypponen has assisted law enforcement in USA, Europe and Asia on cybercrime cases. He has written on his research for publications such as Scientific American, New York Times and CNN.com. Mr. Hypponen's recent TED Talk on computer security has been seen by hundreds of thousands of people.
Daniel Kraft is a Stanford- and Harvard-trained physician-scientist with over 20 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and innovation. Dr. Kraft chairs the Medicine track for Singularity University and is Executive Director and curator for the FutureMed, a program that explores convergent, exponentially developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare.
Dr. Kraft is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics following residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and completed Stanford fellowships in hematology/oncology & bone marrow transplantation, and extensive research in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. He has multiple scientific publications, medical device, immunology and stem cell-related patents through faculty positions with Stanford University School of Medicine and as clinical faculty for the pediatric bone marrow transplantation service at University of California San Francisco.
Dr. Kraft recently founded IntelliMedicine, focused on connected, data driven, and integrated personalized medicine. He is the inventor of the MarrowMiner, an FDA approved device for the minimally invasive harvest of bone marrow, and founded RegenMed Systems, a company developing technologies to enable adult stem cell based regenerative therapies.
Julie Meyer is one of the leading champions for entrepreneurship in Europe. With over 20 years investment and advisory experience helping start-up businesses, she is the founder & CEO of Ariadne Capital, Managing Partner of the Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs (ACE) Fund, founder of Entrepreneur Country, co-founder of First Tuesday, dragon on BBC's Online Dragons Den and weekly columnist in London's City AM.Through these intertwining roles of entrepreneur, advisor, investor and industry commentator, Julie has set her mission to build a growth story for the UK and Europe. This passion and entrepreneurial flair is what has earned her awards as one of INSEAD's Top 50 Alumni, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, World Economic Forum Global Leader of Tomorrow and in the Wall Street Journal's Top 30 Most Influential Women in Europe. American by birth and European in spirit, Julie has added a flourishing media career to her business commitments, recently joining BBC's Online Dragon's Den. In addition to her weekly column for London's City A.M. and regular contributions to Business Week, Computing, FT Digital Business, Spectator Business, Julie is also a regular industry commentator for the BBC and CNBC.She is on the Advisory Board of NACUE, the National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs.
Raul Rojas has been a professor at the Mathematics and Computer Science Dept. of Freie Universität Berlin since 1997. He studied Mathematics and Economics in Mexico, before getting his PhD and "Habilitation" in Germany. He was a professor of CS at the Technical University of Vienna and University of Halle (Germany) before moving back to Berlin. His fields of expertise are pattern recognition, machine learning, computer vision and robotics. Two years ago, he received the "WissensWerte" Technology Transfer Prize in Germany for his work on reading systems for the blind, and the Gold Medal of the Institute of Science and Technology in Mexico for his robotics work. His robotic teams have won the robotic soccer world championship several times.
Rudy Rucker is an American mathematician, computer scientist, science fiction author, and philosopher, and is one of the founders of the cyberpunk literary movement. The author of both fiction and non-fiction, he is best known for the novels in the Ware Tetralogy, the first two of which (Software and Wetware) both won Philip K. Dick Awards. At present he edits the science fiction webzine Flurb. He taught at the State University of New York at Geneseo from 1972–1978.
John Shirley is the author of numerous novels and books of stories, including the best- selling Bioshock: Rapture and the A SONG CALLED YOUTH cyberpunk trilogy. Among his many books are the novels Eclipse Corona, Black Glass: The Lost Cyberpunk Novel, City Come A-Walkin' , Bleak History, Wetbones, Demons, The Other End, and Crawlers. He was one of the original cyberpunk authors and has collaborated with Bruce Sterling, Rudy Rucker and William Gibson. He also authored the nonfiction work Gurdjieff: An Introduction to His Life and Ideas, and the story collections Black Butterflies (which won the Bram Stoker award and which was chosen by PW as one of the best books of that year) and In Extremis. He was co-screenwriter of the film The Crow, has written scripts for television series including Deep Space Nine and VR5. He also writes song lyrics for the Blue Oyster Cult and others. His newest novel is the near-future political allegory Everything is Broken, coming from Prime Books in late 2011.
Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the SONY Computer Science Laboratory in Paris, Luc Steels is a professor of Computer Science at the Free University of Brussels (VUB), founder and director (from 1983) of the VUB Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and co-founder and chairman (from 1990 until 1995) of the VUB Computer Science Department (Faculty of Sciences). Professor Steels' scientific research interests cover the whole field of artificial intelligence, including natural language, vision, robot behavior, learning, cognitive architecture, and knowledge representation. At the moment his focus is on dialogs for humanoid robots and fundamental research into the origins of language and meaning. Current work focuses on developing the foundations of semiotic dynamics and on fluid construction grammars.
As the Allard Research Chair in Oncology, Jack Tuszynski is the head of an interdisciplinary team that is focused on building "designer drugs" able to kill tumors and eventually lead to improved cancer cures. Through his work in computational biophysics Jack is attempting to create the perfect drugs that would target cancerous cells while reducing side effects to the healthy cells. In collaboration with researchers from Texas Jack has already developed a new generation of chemotherapy drugs that are derivatives of colchicine, the new class of these drugs preferentially affects cancerous cells. To achieve success in this new, but promising field of biological modeling, he drawsupon his physics background to create computer software that scans molecular targets against all available drug entities to find the perfect match. Jack works in a cancer clinic environment with the sole objective of offering hope to patients who are otherwise out of luck. Jack is also a full time Professor at the University of Alberta and on the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Physics, Journal of Biophysics and Structural Biology (JBSB), Quantum Biosystems, Research Letters in Physics, Water: a Multidisciplinary Research Journal and Interdisciplinary Sciences-Computational Life Sciences. He is an Associate Editor of The Frontiers Collection, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg.
Dr. Vallee was born in France, where he received a B.S. in mathematics at the Sorbonne and an M.S. in astrophysics at Lille University. Coming to the U.S. as an astronomer at the University of Texas, where he co-developed the first computer-based map of Mars for NASA, Jacques later moved to Northwestern University where he received his Ph.D. in computer science. He went on to work on information technology research at SRI International and the Institute for the Future, where he directed the project to build the world's first network-based collaboration system as a Principal Investigator for the groupware project on Arpanet, the prototype for the Internet. A venture capitalist since 1984, Jacques Vallee has served as an early-stage investor and director of over 60 high-technology companies, a third of which went public through acquisitions or IPOs. Apart from his work with information science and finance, Jacques has had a long-term private interest in astronomy, in writing and in the frontiers of research, notably unidentified aerial phenomena. His most recent book, The Heart of the Internet, is available free of charge on Google Books. He was awarded the Jules Verne Prize for a science fiction novel in French.
Carl Flink is the choreographer and artistic director of the movement theater Black Label Movement based in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN. He is also the endowed Nadine Jette Sween Professor of Dance and Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
From 1992 – 1998, he was member of the New York City based Limón Dance Company, performing the works of Jose Limón, Donald McKayle, Ralph Lemon, and Daniel Nagrin among others. A short list of other dance companies and choreographers he has performed for includes Creach/Koester Men Dancing, Paul Taylor, Joanna Mendl Shaw, Paul Taylor, Janis Brenner and Shapiro & Smith Dance.
His choreography is recognized and embraced for its intense athleticism, daring risk taking and humanistic themes that often address diverse social, scientific, political and working class subjects in addition to more abstract dance approaches. Dance programs and arts institutions across the United States have presented or commissioned his choreography including the Bates Dance Festival, Minnesota Orchestra, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Stanford University, University of Iowa, Mount Holyoke College, Brigham Young University, Carleton College and Roger Williams University. His new commission HIT for the Chicago-based dance company premiered at The Dance Center of Columbia College of Chicago March 10, 2011. He is currently in the third year of a creative collaboration called The Moving Cell Project with biomedical engineer David Odde. The project explores the ballistic environment of the interior of the cell.
Eddie is a founding member of Black Label Movement. He also dancing with Shapiro & Smith and as a freelance artist, while his experience spans Roberto Olivan, Zenon, ARENA, Creach/Company, Keith Johnson, Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum, Metropolitan Ballet, Nautilus Music Theater, and Minnesota Opera. Eddie recieved Metro Magazine's 2009 "Keeper" Award, was featured as “Dance Artist of the Year 2006” in City Pages, as well as given honorable mention in the Star Tribune’s 2006 Artist of the Year. Eddie is a 2010 McKnight Artist Fellowship recipient.
As a choreographer Eddie's work has been recognized and performed in ACDFA Gala concerts and at the Bryant Lake Bowl, Phipps, Varsity, Southern, and the McGuire theatres in the Twin Cities area. His work has also been commissioned in several Twin Cities Arts schools, UW-River Falls, Hamline University, and St. Olaf, while his piece, Melisma, was presented at the 2006 Choreographer’s Evening. His exploration, Brown Rocket, was performed in the 2008 Momentum Series, for which he recieved a 2008 Sage Award for ‘Outstanding Performer’ and nominated for ‘Outstanding Performance. His works have recently shared the stage with Black Label Movement and Shapiro & Smith.