theboxfactory / Ian Clark

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  1. The Hacker’s Guide to the Galaxy

    Don't panic: the next big science revolution isn't just for asteroid miners or CERN scientists.

    Just as science fiction has often shown the way to future inventions, the act of hacking is now generating prototypes that act as footholds for future explorations, discoveries and epiphanies in science. This presentation takes you on a tour of our universe (from black holes and dark matter to exoplanets and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence) and shows you how you can actively explore the final frontier through getting excited and making things.

    Ariel Waldman is the founder of, a directory of ways to participate in space exploration. She also organises Science Hack Day San Francisco, an event that brings together scientists, technologists, designers and people with good ideas to see what they can create in one weekend.

    Spotting a theme here? Ariel is mad about science and does everything she can to make it more accessible to everyone.

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  2. Beyond Mobile: Making Sense of a Post-PC World

    Native applications are a remnant of the Jurassic period of computer history. We will look back on these past 10 years as the time we finally grew out of our desktop mindset and started down the path of writing apps for an infinite number of platforms. As the cost of computation and connectivity plummets, manufacturers are going to put 'interactivity' into every device. Some of this will be trivial: my power adaptor knows it's charging history. Some of it will be control related: my television will be grand central for my smart home. But at it's heart, we'll be swimming in world where every device will have 'an app'. What will it take for us to get here, what technologies will it take to make this happen?

    This talk will discuss how the principles of the open web must apply not only to prototocols but to hardware as well. How can we build a 'DNS for hardware' so the menagerie of devices has a chance for working together?

    Scott Jenson used to work at Apple, developing the Human Interface guidelines and working on the Newton, no less. He also worked at Symbian and Google so he knows all about mobile devices of all kinds.

    Scott is currently Creative Director at Frog Design where he has been writing about the coming zombie apocalypse.

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  3. Time’s Mysteries Part I: Marking Time

    Time's a mystery, yet we've invented clever ways to capture it. From sundials to atomic clocks, trace the history of time-keeping. Also, discover the surprising accuracy of nature's dating schemes - from the decay of carbon to laying down tree rings.

    Plus, why the "New York minute," stretches to hours in Rio de Janeiro: cultural differences in the perception of time.


    * Chris Turney - Geologist at the University of Exeter, UK, and the author of Bones, Rocks and Stars: The Science of When Things Happened
    * Demetrios Matsakis - Head of the U.S. Naval Observatory's Time Service
    * Steven Jefferts - Physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado
    * Robert Levine - Psychologist at California State University in Fresno and the author of The Geography of Time
    * Norman Mohr - Owner, Mohr Clocks, Mountain View, California

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  4. Niall Ferguson - The New World of Finance

    Financial historian Niall Ferguson knows humanity’s long trail of boom and bust cycles. But he is hardly buried in the past.

    In the long run-up to today’s crisis, Ferguson was warning loud and clear that we were headed for trouble. He called it early, and he called it right.

    Now, Ferguson is sizing up the mess we’re in. Bottom line guess, he says: we’re headed for ten percent unemployment and five-plus years of hard times.

    On the other side, the world could look quite different. But the U.S., he says, still has some good cards to play. Saving graces.

    This hour, On Point: Niall Ferguson, and the big view of the mess we’re in.

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  5. The DOM scripting toolkit: jQuery

    Led by Remy Sharp, this presentation will introduce, and demonstrate, how jQuery can be used to quickly and concisely apply JavaScript behaviour to your web app. It aims to cover most of the jQuery API - selectors, Ajax, DOM manipulation, plugins, and a few less known titbits. Remy’s talk is aimed at beginner-to-intermediate level JavaScript / jQuery peeps.

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  6. David Lankes “The Library as Conversation”

    Every librarian has “the story.” That story about linking a patron to a needed social service or helping someone get a job, or simply find the perfect book. These stories lie at the heart of the library. Books, videos, web pages, these are simply artifacts – tools to aid in the libraries true mission of building knowledge. The keynote will outline a vision of libraries as true and participatory knowledge organizations. Organizations that facilitate the conversations of their communities, not simply provide access to a collection.


    Tagged with library

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  7. Hot, Flat and Crowded

    Thomas L Friedman takes a fresh and provocative look at two of our biggest challenges – the global environmental crisis and America’s surprising loss of focus and national purpose since 9/11 – and shows how they’re linked. He argues that we need American commitment and leadership in a green revolution, a revolution that will be the biggest innovation project in history, one that will inspire us to summon all the intelligence, creativity, boldness and concern for the common good that are our greatest human resources.

    (Oct 14, 2008 at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE))

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