Since the 60s we’ve imagined the combination of computers and our environment would create both utopias and dystopias. Since the 80’s we’ve seen academics, artists and corporate R&D labs prototype these futures from the top-down. Now, hackers are building sensors, bots and software into everything around them bottom-up, fast, cheap and out-of-control. They’re creating environments that react, adapt and respond to us - and perhaps more importantly - each other: The Demon-Haunted World. Matt’s session will be a whistlestop tour of those days of future past and pointers to some practical futures we can start building right now, together.
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Richard Dawkins urges all atheists to openly state their position — and to fight the incursion of the church into politics and science.
"Bonk" author Mary Roach delves into obscure scientific research, some of it centuries old, to make 10 surprising claims about sexual climax, ranging from the bizarre to the hilarious. (This talk is aimed at adults. Viewer discretion advised.)
The final chapter of our Webstock adventure sees us talking to Mike Brown & Natasha Lampard, the super-awesome primary organisers of the Webstock conference. Again, it’s also short as these two are incredibly busy, but Pete asks them about how they put on such a damn fine show, how they choose their speakers and why Wellington?
Also want to put a post-script to this entry, to say that Webstock is by far, the best conference I’ve ever been to. Never before has a tech conference had me cry, laugh and contemplate my past, present and future like Webstock has. Unless I commit a crime in the next 12 months and New Zealand won’t let me in, you can bet your arse I’ll be back.