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January 2014

The burning question: climate change in context, with Duncan Clark

Dates: January 18, 2014
Location: London, U.K.

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Tackling global warming will mean persuading the world to abandon oil, coal and gas reserves worth many trillions of dollars — at least until we have the means to put carbon back in the ground. The burning question is whether that can be done. What mix of technology, politics, psychology, and economics might be required? Why aren’t clean energy sources slowing the rate of fossil fuel extraction? Are the energy companies massively… read more

Fifth Annual Student Robotics Challenge

Dates: January 17, 2014
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts


NASA will participate in the fifth annual Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge Friday, Jan. 17 at the MIT campus in Cambridge, Mass.

The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television beginning at 7:30 a.m. EST.

The agency will join in the event with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, MIT, the European Space Agency, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, IT consulting firm Appirio,… read more

Penrose, Bandyopadhyay & Hameroff: Microtubules and the Great debate About Consciousness

Dates: January 17 – 18, 2014
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Sir Roger Penrose is one of the most influential scientists investigating the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Together with Stuart Hameroff, an American anaesthetist and brain researcher, he developed a new theory of consciousness. A theory that remained controversial, as no one could prove it. Until now. Having spent five years carrying out research on brain cells using an… read more

Hangout on Air Jan. 12: Ramez Naam, futurists discuss Nexus, Crux, and The Infinite Resource [UPDATE]

Dates: January 12, 2014
Location: Google+

London futurists

This London Futurists Hangout on Air will feature a live discussion between Ramez Naam and an international panel of leading futurists: Randal Koene, Michell Zappa, and Giulio Prisco.

The discussion aims to cover:

• The science behind the fiction: which elements are strongly grounded in current research, and which elements are more speculative?

• The philosophy behind the fiction: how should people be responding… read more

2014 International CES

Dates: January 7 – 10, 2014
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

International CES

From driverless cars and 3D printing to Ultra HD TV, health technologies and beyond, the 2014 International CES® is the place to see inspiring innovations across the consumer technology ecosystem. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the 2014 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“From wearable tech to the… read more

December 2013

The Atlantic’s Silicon Valley Summit

Dates: December 16, 2013
Location: Mountain View, California

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The Atlantic invites you to join us for our inaugural Silicon Valley Summit on Monday, December 16. Taking place at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, this half-day forum will focus on the business models, legislative policies, and cutting-edge creations that are forming a new digital world through a mix of panel discussions, headline interviews, and case studies.

As innovators build out the infrastructure of a new digital world and… read more

Hangout on Air: The Naked Future — A World That Anticipates Your Every Move

Dates: December 15 – Feb 15, 2013
Location: Google+


What kind of privacy will be left for people, in a near-future world of ubiquitous computing, with sensors everywhere, and with “big data” algorithms that draw alarmingly reliable inferences about our intentions and plans?

How will human psychology cope, with the “always-on” scrutiny of our every action?

Can legislation keep pace with the challenges posed by ubiquitous computing and big data, to prevent the erosion of humanread more

State of the Arts 2013

Dates: December 12, 2013
Location: Los Angeles, California, 12/12/2013


The c3: Center for Conscious Creativity and The Millennium Project with IMERSA: Immersive Media Entertainment Arts & Sciences presents STATE OF THE ARTS 2013: The Future of Fulldome

The Vortex Dome at Los Angeles Studios

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Discover the latest trends emerging in the planetarium and fulldome space. Hear from a panel of experts, experience samples of 360 content, including… read more

LeWeb’13 Paris: ‘The Next 10 Years’

Dates: December 10 – 12, 2013
Location: Paris, France

LeWeb 2013

LeWeb is the most talked-about international conference for startups and web entrepreneurs. Looking to kickstart your business, attract the global media or discover the next Big Idea? In just three days, you might meet the most valuable contacts of the year.

In honor of the 10th anniversary of LeWeb Paris, we invite you to fast forward to the future and imagine “The Next 10 Years”. Gathering today’s brightest technological innovators… read more

When linearity met exponential — a summer at Singularity University

Dates: December 7, 2013
Location: London, England


Predicting the future is a hard task, even when trends are linear. When the quantities involved are changing exponentially it becomes even more challenging. That’s where Singularity University comes in.

Founded by Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis with the objective of exposing brilliant minds to shifting paradigms, Singularity University has been a fascinating experiment in looking at the possibilities of exploring uses of exponential technology to impact huge numbers of people. Each summer around 80 folks… read more

Dupont Summit 2013 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Issues

Dates: December 6, 2013
Location: Washington, D.C.


The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation about current policy concerns.

2013 Speakers and Topics
 As in 2012, Infragard National’s EMP SIG will hold a meeting at the Dupont Summit on Mitigating High Impact-Threats to Critical Infrastructure. Panel discussions will focus… read more

Personhood Beyond the Human Conference

Dates: December 6 – 8, 2013
Location: New Haven, Connecticut


A conference on “Personhood Beyond the Human” will be held at Yale University, December 6-8, 2013. The event will focus on personhood for nonhuman animals, including great apes, cetaceans, and elephants, and will explore the evolving notions of personhood by analyzing them through the frameworks of neuroscience, behavioral science, philosophy, ethics, and law.

The conference will be co-sponsored by the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics and the… read more

Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) 2013

Dates: December 5 – 10, 2013
Location: Lake Tahoe, Nevada


The Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) Foundation is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to foster the exchange of research on neural information processing systems in their biological, technological, mathematical, and theoretical aspects. Neural information processing is a field which benefits from a combined view of biological, physical, mathematical, and computational sciences.

The primary focus of the NIPS Foundation is the presentation of a continuing series of professional meetings known… read more

TEDWomen 2013: Invented Here

Dates: December 5, 2013
Location: San Francisco, California

TEDwomen 2013

In San Francisco for the first time, TEDWomen 2013 will channel the bootstrap spirit of Silicon Valley to celebrate invention in all its forms. More than 150 TEDx events around the world will take part, sharing the livestream and presenting local speakers around the theme “Invented Here.” The result: A truly global conversation — from San Francisco to São Paulo to Seoul — celebrating inventors and designers; thinkers and makers;… read more

DataBeat 2013

Dates: December 4 – 5, 2013
Location: Redwood City, California



Interest in data science has exploded in 2013. And with the speed at which data science is evolving, they are working hard to not only understand the potential and inspire their teams—but to make smart bets on people, technology and vision.

VentureBeat’s DataBeat 2013 event is moving past the current obsession with “Big Data” and making its own bet on data science by presenting the… read more

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