Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Neil Gershenfeld: Inventing Everyday Things

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a podcast from the WGBH Forum Network - a series of free public lectures made possible through a partnership with Boston's leading cultural and educational organizations. This podcast is a presentation that MIT Physicist Neil Gershenfeld made as part of the Boston IDEAS 2005 series. It was posted to the web on 7 October 2005 at:

The show notes for this podcast included:

"Director of The Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT, Gershenfeld discusses his development of "fabrication laboratories" that bring design technology to ordinary people."

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Prof. Neil Gershenfeld is the Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms. His unique laboratory investigates the relationship between the content of information and its physical representation, from molecular quantum computers to virtuosic musical instruments. Technology from his lab has been seen and used in settings including New York's Museum of Modern Art and rural Indian villages, the White House/Smithsonian Millennium celebration and automobile safety systems, the World Economic Forum and inner-city community centers, Las Vegas shows and Sami herds. He is the author of numerous technical publications, patents, and books including "Fab," "When Things Start To Think," "The Nature of Mathematical Modeling," and "The Physics of Information Technology," has been featured in media such as The New York Times, The Economist, CNN, and the McNeil/Lehrer News Hour, and has been selected as one of the top 100 public intellectuals. Dr. Gershenfeld has a BA in Physics with High Honors from Swarthmore College, a Ph.D. from Cornell University, was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows, and a member of the research staff at Bell Labs.



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