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Computers & Technology

Featuring two television programs popular in the 1980's and 1990's: Computer Chronicles and Net Café, this library showcases videos about computing and technology. Collection topics include BBS, the Open Source movement, and Internet governance.

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Born without a right hand, Adrian Anantawan began the violin at nine and has since established himself as a rising star in classical music. He helped to create the Virtual Chamber Music Initiative at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Centre -- a cross-collaborative project that develops adaptive musical instruments for use by young persons with disabilities within a chamber music setting.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Education, Music, PopTech 2012, Visualizations
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Alyson Warhurst is CEO and founder of the risk analysis and mapping company Maplecroft, the leading source of extra-financial risk intelligence for the world's largest multinational corporations, asset managers and governments. "We can really start telling a story in terms of predicting risk in the future...We are actually able to engage in policy change to be able to shape the future growth environment and prevent disaster."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, Data, Economics, Geography, Mapping, PopTech Iceland 2012, Resilience
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Amanda Ripley is an investigative journalist who writes about human behavior and public policy. For Time Magazine and the Atlantic, she has chronicled the stories of American kids and teachers alongside groundbreaking new research into education reform. "Kids have strong opinions about school. We forget as adults how much time they sit there contemplating their situation."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Education, Journalism, PopTech 2012, Youth
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Icelandic five-piece band amiina takes the PopTech stage with a glockenspiel, a musical saw, a couple of violins, drums, and a laptop. They got their start as the string section for the legendary Sigur Ros and have gone on to play complex music that's sweetly innocent.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Music, PopTech Iceland, 2012
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From the Icelandic food store chain, Bonus, to the midnight sun, everyday Iceland inspires activist poet Andri Magnason . His poetry and children's books reflect his deep connection to his homeland as does the way he's schooled himself--and the public--on preserving Iceland's beauty and natural resources.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Activism, Environment, Language, Literature, Poetry, PopTech iceland...
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Andri Magnason is an Icelandic writer who co-directed the documentary film Dreamland, about a massive industrial project in Iceland that exposed some ugly truths about politics, industry and so-called green energy. He studies what seem like cycles of endless growth simply for growth's sake. "I was wondering about how rational we are as humans. Where does this come from? Where does this need, this addiction come from?"
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Development, PopTech 2012, Sustainability
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Ann Masten is a professor at the University of Minnesota who studies resilience in young people exposed to poverty, homelessness, migration, disaster, war and other adversities. "The most powerful protective system for a human child is a loving, caring family."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Health, PopTech 2012, Resilience, Youth
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Asenath Andrews founded the Catherine Ferguson Academy, an alternative public high school in Detroit for teen mothers that also provides early education services for their children. The school blends an innovative curriculum with urban farming and a healthy dose of high expectations. "If I expect that you are going to have a future, then you expect it."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Education, Food, PopTech 2012, Sustainability, Women
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Brad Burnham is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures. Ari Jonsson is the rector of Reykjavik University, Iceland's leading university in technology, business and law. They discuss the creation in Iceland of an ideal policy framework for innovation on the Internet.
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David Agus envisions a new era of preventative medicine based on hard data about what really ails us, and that employs research, genetics and health care designed to stave off disease before it starts. "I want doctors to be more like weather forecasters and not biologists."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, Medicine, PopTech 2012
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David Eagleman is a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. His areas of research include time perception, vision, synesthesia, and the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system. He is a pioneer on the power of the unconscious brain. "Are we free to choose how we act? Is the mind equal to the brain?"
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Brain, Mind, Neuroscience, PopTech 2012
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Dean Karlan is President of Innovations for Poverty Action, a non-profit organization that creates and evaluates solutions to social and development problems, and works to scale-up successful ideas through implementation and dissemination to policymakers, practitioners, investors and donors. He is a Professor of Economics at Yale University. "There are some problems that we can solve. But we have to be pragmatic about it and figure out what is actually working and what is not."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, Behavioral economics, Economics, Finance, Microfinance, PopTech 2012,...
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Didier Sornette is a professor of entrepreneurial risks in Zurich. He explores data patterns to help predict crises and extreme events in complex systems, like global financial crises.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, Big systems, Economics, PopTech Iceland 2012, Resilience
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Eben Upton , founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, shows how he is hooking a new generation of kids on computer programming. "I remember sitting down with my wife for dinner...and we had this sudden, appalling realization that we had promised 600,000 people that we would build them a $25 dollar computer."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Technology, DIY, Emerging technology, PopTech iceland 2012, Robotics,...
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Eirikur Hrafnsson calls his new company, Green Qloud, the world's first green cloud computing company, bucking a frightening trend. " It is not far-fetched to imagine that in 30 or 40 years, 50 percent of our energy will be spent on IT."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Technology, Emerging tech, Energy, Internet, PopTech Iceland 2012
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Arun Majumdar was a high school student during the global energy crisis of the 1970s and became interested in engineering because of energy. Currently he's the first director of ARPA -E, the country's only agency dedicated to technologies promising genuine transformation in the ways we generate, store, and utilize energy. Majumdar explains that disruptive energy innovation must focus on scale, be cost effective, and provide an energy service.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Energy, Energy disruptors shorts, Shorts, Energy disruptors, Emerging Tech,...
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Jay Keasling , a pioneer in the field of synthetic biology, grew up on a farm in Nebraska where his father raised corn. He decided to apply his past to what he'd been doing for years, engineering microbes to produce chemicals. He's turned his attention to solving the world's energy crisis, using plants to engineer clean-burning fuels that will replace oil.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Energy, Energy disruptors shorts, Shorts, Energy disruptors, Emerging Tech,...
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Johanna Wellington was inspired to go into a technology career because she loves math like other people enjoy doing crossword puzzles. She started off at GE as an intern, went on to be a Combustion Design Engineer, and held several other positions before joining the Research Center in her current role as Advanced Technology Leader for Sustainable Energy where she is an expert in clean energy technologies.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Energy, Shorts, Emerging tech, Energy disruptors shorts, Energy disruptors
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George Bonanno , a professor of clinical psychology, mines massive data sets for surprising revelations about how human beings cope with loss, trauma and other forms of extreme adversity. "There isn't one thing that predicts resilience. It's not two things. It is not necessarily in us."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Mind, PopTech Iceland 2012, Psychology, Resilience
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Dr. Jennifer Leaning is the director of the Harvard Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, and the FXB professor of the practice of health and human rights at Harvard School of Public Health. She travels the world researching human security. "I'm looking at the ways in which you can promote health and well-being through time in the setting of war and disaster."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, Conflict, Human Rights, PopTech 2012, PTSD
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Social critic John Thackara argues that the current human paradigm of endless growth is obviously unsustainable, so we should consider the brilliance of the Brazilian Jequitiba tree, which soaks up four tons of water a day. "I am a proper tree hugger, as well as a lichen hugger."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, DIY, Energy, PopTech iceland 2012, Urbanization
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In her talk, "Why Whales are Weird," energetic, articulate anatomist Joy Reidenberg presented an amazing array of fact about the beloved mammal (Whales evolved from deer-like creatures! Their spinal movement is more like galloping in the water! They don't actually spout water! They have mustaches!). She took us through the story of evolution using whales as a model, explaining that evolution is the process to mediate resilience and thus, survival.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Biology, Evolution, Ocean, PopTech iceland 2012
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Judith Rodin , president of the Rockefeller Foundation, explores how resiliency can empower even the most destitute and vulnerable communities. "When the World Bank was planning to invest $100 million dollars in upgrading the slums in Nairobi, these slum-dweller leaders were represented at the table."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, Business, Community, PopTech iceland 2012, Resilience
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Dr. Kari Stefansson is recognized as a leading figure in human genetics who studies the fuzzy relationship between genetic mutations and environmental factors. "Where is the line of distinction between nature and nurture? Where is the line of distinction between genes and environment? It really doesn't exist."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Biology, Evolution, PopTech iceland 2012
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Kelly Benoit-Bird , an oceanographer at Oregon State University, applies acoustics to the study of ecosystems in the open ocean. "When we look more deeply at the ocean, we are given new insights on how we interact with that ocean, and what we can do to effectively protect it."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Ecology, Fellows, Ocean, PopTech 2012, Science Fellows 2012
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Retired Army Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton, MD and clinical trainer Laurie Leitch, Ph.D. , founded Threshold GlobalWorks to explore a neurobiological approach to social resilience. "We are all wired with it, in case you did not know that," says Leitch. "We are born neurologically wired for resilience because our system is survival-based."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Mind, PopTech Iceland 2012, Psychology, Resilience
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Margret Pala is a preschool management specialist in Iceland who advocates sex-segregated classes, natural play material instead of conventional toys, and a long-forgotten belief in discipline to develop optimism, courage, and resiliency in young children. "Feel the cold! I even take them into the snow -- and then the lava. Scream a little bit! But continue! And enjoy it!"
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Culture, Education, PopTech iceland 2012, Youth
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Climate change is exacerbating flooding in waterlogged Bangladesh. Already, hundreds of schools get wiped out during the monsoon season. Mohammed Rezwan builds floating schools, healthcare facilities and libraries. "If 20 percent of the land goes under water, which may happen in the next 10 to 20 years, where will these people go? We don't have enough space, enough land. People have to live on the water in some way."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Community, Development, DIY, Education, PopTech Iceland 2012,...
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Moran Cerf is a neuroscientist who has shown how to project patients' thoughts onto a screen in front of their eyes by implanting electrodes deep inside their brains and reading the activity of cells. Oh, and he used to rob banks. "There are at least two people inside our mind."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Brain, Mind, Neuroscience, PopTech 2012
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Peter Kareiva is the chief scientist for the Nature Conservancy. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Kareiva is often noted for his emphasis on nature's resiliency, rather than its impending doom. "Totally unnecessarily we get into a conversation where it is farmers versus conservation, where it is loggers versus conservation, where it is fishermen versus conservation."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Environment, PopTech 2012, Resilience, Urbanization, Youth
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Sandro Galea is a doctor and epidemiologist who has researched the role of traumatic events in shaping population health; particularly the health of urban populations. "Ninety percent of people in this country will have a traumatic event in their lifetime."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, PopTech 2012, PTSD, Resilience
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Silja Omarsdottir was one of 25 people tapped to rewrite Iceland's constitution after the country's financial meltdown in 2008. She details how the citizens of Iceland reacted to the bank collapse and the eventual response from the government, which included updating the country's constitution. Omarsdottir explains the constitution creation process and what it meant to overhaul the constitution, with considerable public input, in four months.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Governance, Law, Politics, PopTech iceland 2012
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Consumer psychologist Simonetta Carbonaro implores us to think differently about consumption. A consumer-hungry outlook for cheaper and faster has gotten old. We now know that consuming and producing less, in fact, creates more jobs, more free time, and more happiness.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, PopTech iceland 2012, Resilience, Community, Culture, Design,...
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Steve Lansing , a senior fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, discusses the Byzantine system for the distribution of water from a volcanic lake in Bali to over two hundred farming villages. It's worked since the 12th century, it's egalitarian and it's still-sustainable. "It's one of the few functioning, ancient democratic institutions that we know about. It's kind of beautiful."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Culture, Democracy, Engineering, Governance, PopTech iceland 2012,...
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Economic commentator and author Tim Harford presented a creative, challenging perspective on financial systems, drawing upon examples from oil rig explosions to nuclear disasters to make his point. He believes that by studying the triggers of major engineering accidents, we can draw lessons on how to help prevent crises in the financial world.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Big systems, Business, Economics, Finance, Governance, Journalism,...
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Vicki Arroyo is the executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center of Georgetown University Law Center. She studies preparedness and resiliency with respect to climate-related catastrophes. "Traditional models of who is in charge in a disaster do not necessarily operate when you have a real disaster."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Big systems, Climate, Education, PopTech 2012, Resilience
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Vidir Reynisson , head of the National Commission of Icelandic Police, coordinates the country's response to natural disasters, including the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano, and oversees the country's search and rescue teams. Iceland has developed a nimble crisis management model. "With all disasters, with all crises, comes opportunity."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Big systems, Conflict, Nationalism, PopTech Iceland 2012
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Yossi Sheffi explores the various flavors of redundancy, simplicity, flexibility and communications strategies businesses employ to make themselves resilient. "These are the most dangerous things; the things that have severe consequence and low probability...These are the events one worries about when one has to run a large organization."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Behavioral economics, Business, Governance, Mobile, PopTech Iceland...
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Revered as "The Sound of New York," Young Guru has mixed 10 of Jay-Z's albums and officially became Jay-Z's tour D.J. in 2010. Watch him borrow a beat from Al Green to show the fine line between art and piracy.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Music, Business, Culture, PopTech 2012
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Revered as "The Sound of New York," Young Guru has mixed 10 of Jay-Z's albums and officially became Jay-Z's tour D.J. in 2010. He is also a leader in adapting to a challenging music business. "It is always vibe over money."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Music, Business, Culture, PopTech 2012