Topic: Personal Technology
Tech journalist Mitch Ratcliffe discusses the future of books, reading, and publishing. He talks about how Booksahead.com is a platform to discuss authors and publishing, as well as news about the industry. Calling from the 2010 CES he also reviews new mobile devices, including E-Book readers and tablet computers, as well as the Sophie Project, open source software for writing and reading.
Dr. Moira Gunn sits down to talk science with writer, James Schwartz about his new book,In Pursuit of the Game:From Darwin to DNA,digging into the world of science and the personalities behind it. From Darwin's belief in pangenesis to explain the inheritance of physical variations to Hermann Muller's Nobel Prize winning work on X-rays and genetic mutation.
Ted Selker is engineer/designer with a rare talent for balancing form and function. Without that balance, the result can be a beautiful product that doesn't work or a wonderfully functional product that nobody wants. In this extemporaneous talk, Ted explains the science and the art behind the IBM Trackpoint and the $100 laptop, among his many other inventions.
Dr.Moira Gunn catches up with author, James Workman to talk about his book, Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushman Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought and what many feel has become the primary resource battleground of the twenty-first century: the supply of water.
According to science fiction author Karl Schroeder, it is sometimes possible to get things done more efficiently by relinquishing the traditional methods of control. Open source, democracy, government 2.0, and the invisible hand of the free market are mechanisms that demonstrate of the success of this phenomenon of handing control to a self-willed entity. He calls this principle "rewilding", and tells how this metaphor relates to open source software and other contemporary technological trends.
Google Wave is early in its introduction and testing phase. In this presentation from the 2009 Emerging Communications Conference, Stephanie Hannon, along with Lars Rasmussen, leads this highly interactive demo and Q&A session, giving attendees a look at Wave's features, profile, and direction.
Jerry Michalski demonstrates the user interface and features of TheBrain, a concept-map application for your mind. He takes questions from the audience which delve into the deeper implications, uses, and future of the software.
For twelve years, Michalski has recorded, connected, and added links to over 112,000 of his thoughts in TheBrain, so he's well placed to discuss how the application helps him organize and access his ideas and how it affects his lifestyle.
In The Laws of Disruption, Larry Downes, author of the best-selling Unleashing the Killer App, provides an invaluable guide for these confusing times, exploring nine critical areas in which technology is dramatically rewriting the rules of business and life.
Moira talks with Gorden Bell and Jim Gemmell about what it means to digitally record everything in our lives. The authors of Total Recall: How the E-Memory Revolution Will Change Everything discuss how new technologies allow average people to record their entire lives.
Cathy Marshall is fascinated by how people manage, and avoid managing, their digital stuff. In this conversation with host Jon Udell she discusses her research on the efficacy of Flickr tags for image retrieval, and explains why we're rediscovering the virtues of loss and forgetting.