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February 2014

Nanotechnology for Developing Countries: the 2014 Foresight Invitational Workshop

Dates: February 7 – 9, 2014
Location: Palo Alto, California

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Nanoscale technologies have the potential to bring immense benefits to developing countries, in areas ranging from water and energy to health and environmental restoration. But the challenges are correspondingly large; required steps include:

• Identify nanotechnologies that can make a difference near-term
• Design and build products that will actually be useful
• Bring these to market at affordable price points
• Balance intellectual property interests
• Speed… read more

February 2014 Santa Cruz New Tech MeetUp

Dates: February 5, 2014
Location: Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz New Tech MeetUp

Learn about hot new web technologies and mingle with 150+ fellow entrepreneurs, investors, bloggers, and tech enthusiasts. Be the first to learn about new tech opportunities in Santa Cruz.

Doors open at 6:15pm with networking, friendly people, food, beverage, and LIVE MUSIC from Cruz Control.

Company presentations start at 7:00 and include:

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Future Salon with David Brin

Dates: February 5, 2014
Location: Palo Alto


David Brin is always interesting and mind expanding. In his book The Transparent Society from the late 90s he wrote about his vision of the comming surveillance state and our need to watch our watchers. The time is now to implement these checks and balances. Don’t miss this Future Salon. In 2004 David Brin was Keynoting the Accelerating Change conference. Evelyn Rodrigues did a writup. #futuresalon

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2014 NIAC Symposium

Dates: February 4 – 6, 2014
Location: Stanford University, Stanford, California


The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program is proud to announce its annual Symposium! All are invited to attend. It will be held at Stanford University in Stanford, California on February 4–6, 2014.

NIAC Symposia are working meetings to review NIAC progress and plans, and discuss ways to make both more successful. It is open to the public because broad participation increases awareness of our studies and significantly adds… read more

UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum

Dates: February 3 – 4, 2014
Location: London, UK

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Knowledge is created. Much of it is shared. Some of it is used. Across industries and sectors we share the ambition that more useful knowledge is generated and translated into practice, to increase the impact of research and improve the way we work.

Knowledge mobilisation is often about working in the middle, at the interface between research and practice.

It brings together different worlds with different goals… read more

Transhuman Visions

Dates: February 1, 2014
Location: San Francisco, California

An All-Day Conference featuring Biohackers, Neuro-Optimists, Extreme Futurists, Philosophers, Immortalist Artists, Steal-the-Singularitarians, etc.

The event will be presented on from 9:30am-9:30pm at the Firehouse, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., in San Francisco. The Firehouse is a beautiful historic building on the bay waterfront in the Fort Mason complex, adjacent to restaurants, museums, parking. The event is sponsored by Brighter Brains Institute with assistance from Easy Bay Futurists.

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January 2014

Club of Amsterdam — The Future of Urban Mobility

Dates: January 30, 2014
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands


Efficient transportation and mobility are essential to make a city competitive and appealing. Current business models offer alternative and new mobility solutions, such as car or bicycle sharing and new leasing mobility offerings, electric vehicles, autonomous driving, talking cars, micro mobility or integrated mobility.

What future impact have key global mega trends on urban mobility?
What are the major challenges in balancing economic needs and environmental policies?
What… read more

M2M Evolution Conference & Expo

Dates: January 28 – 31, 2014
Location: Miami, Florida


Hear How M2M and The Internet of Things is Driving the Big Data Opportunity

M2M — machine to machine — is driving huge amounts of data. From temperature of cargo contents to GPS coordinates of critical freight; M2M is responsible for the global trend in Big Data. But how do companies go beyond the mere collection of data and to the more impactful benefit of changing business practices… read more

Washington BioLeaders Forum

Dates: January 27 – 29, 2014
Location: Washington, DC

BioLeaders Forum

Whether you and your organization are active in one or more of these technology areas (Cell & Gene Therapy,VaccinesImmunotherapy), you will benefit from a unique knowledge exchange and networking experience at Phacilitate’s Washington BioLeaders 2014.

  • All attendees gain access to all conference programmes and documentation
  • All networking breaks and functions are shared and located in the central exhibition area
  • All

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The Future of Human Enhancement 2014

Dates: January 23, 2014
Location: New York, NY



Andrew Hessel

Andrew Hessel is a futurist and catalyst in biological technologies, helping industry, academics, and authorities better understand the changes ahead in life science.  He is a Distinguished Researcher with Autodesk’s Bio/Nano Programmable Matter group, based out of San Francisco.  He is also the co-founder of the Pink Army Cooperative, the world’s first cooperative biotechnology company, which is aiming to make open source viral therapies for… read more

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+

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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

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