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Vanishing in the Digital Age - Evan Ratliff - PICNIC '10

In 2009, Wired magazine writer Evan Ratliff decided to disappear. For one month, he left behind his identity, home, and friends, setting out to develop an entirely new life somewhere in America. Wired challenged anyone to find him – for a $5000 prize – prompting thousands of people to dig into his life and track his location. What happened next may change the way you think about privacy, social media, interactive journalism and identity in the digital age.

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Monday, 6 September, 2010 - 10:00

Environmental Health - Natalie Jeremijenko - PICNIC '10

Natalie Jeremijenko is an artist whose background includes studies in biochemistry, physics, neuroscience and precision engineering. Jeremijenko’s projects – which explore socio-technical change – have been exhibited by several museums and galleries, including the MASSMoCA, the Whitney, and Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt. A 1999 Rockefeller Fellow, she was recently named one of the 40 most influential designers by I.D. Magazine. Jeremijenko is the director of the environmental health clinic at NYU, assistant professor in Art, and affiliated with the Computer Science Dept.

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Monday, 6 September, 2010 - 10:00

Rethinking Design Thinking - Paul Pangaro - PICNIC '10

In a world of increasing complexity, our problems just seem to get worse and worse. While the activity we call "design" began at the dawn of civilization, “design thinking” has recently been proposed as a means to solve these “wicked problems”—as well as all but guarantee a path to innovation for organizations of all stripes.

But what is "design thinking"? And is it the panacea proposed?

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Monday, 6 September, 2010 - 10:00

Paradigm Shift - Reinier de Graaf - PICNIC '10

In less than ten years the world’s largest cities will be exclusively located outside of the West. The metropolis, zenith of Western civilization, will be a property of the third world. What will be the consequences of this paradigm shift? What theoretical framework could guide the turbulent growth of cities in emerging regions and what will be the repercussions for the West as a former front runner?

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Monday, 6 September, 2010 - 10:00

Plastiki Adventures - Jo Royle - PICNIC '10

Jo Royle is internationally recognized as one of Europe’s leading female ocean yacht skippers. Jo’s passion for ocean adventure has launched her into a professional sailing career, whose accolades to-date include being one of the few sailors to have circumnavigated South Georgia in the Southern Ocean.

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Monday, 6 September, 2010 - 10:00

The Penumbra of Authorship: Fetish Objects and Digital Notoriety - Cory Doctorow - PICNIC'10

How do you design an object that trades on the unique physical aspects of a freely copyable digital work? As more and more artists experiment with free downloads and paid premium items, we've begun a glorious arms-race to see who can create and sell the most outrageous, artisanal, limited items. It's a perfect storm of maker culture, free culture, and independent arts.

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Monday, 6 September, 2010 - 10:00

Programming Life: Living Software - Stephen Emmott - PICNIC '10

‘Synthetic Biology’ has received much attention recently with the announcement by Craig Venter of the first ‘synthetic organism’. It is a field in its infancy, and a field where the challenges, concerns, issues and potential are largely unprecedented. But synthesizing the DNA of a known organism and re-inserting it into a ‘shell’ (ala first ‘synthetic organism’) is just a start.

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Monday, 6 September, 2010 - 10:00

Thinking About Risk - Denise Caruso - PICNIC '10

How can societies encourage innovation in the life sciences, and still protect the public from unreasonable risks?

Those who design or modify living organisms have long claimed there is little or no risk to what they do. As a result, billions (at least) of genetically engineered plants, animals and bacteria have been released into the wild.

But terms like “bioengineering” and “biotechnology” imply a knowledge of the mechanics of living things that is simply untrue by any reasonable standard.

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Monday, 6 September, 2010 - 10:00

Post Media - Jeff Jarvis - PICNIC'10

Jeff Jarvis will discuss how our fundamental assumptions about media – what it is, how it operates, how it is supported, how people discover it, and how it relates to the public – must all be challenged. How will these changes and challenges lead to new opportunities and new efficiencies?

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Monday, 6 September, 2010 - 10:00

Life Sciences De-Mystified - Mark Bünger - PICNIC '10

As with the parade of technologies before it, biotechnology has inspired fears and fantasies from the deepest wells of human imagination. While the strange bedfellows of environmentalists and religious fundamentalists decry tinkering with life as dangerous and immoral, scientists revel in new insights and tools, patients praise their rescued lives, and dreamers at the fringe envision at-home genomics and a future species called “humanity plus.” Who is right, who is wrong, and what if they all are both? And most importantly, how can you find out for yourself?

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