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NextGens Technologies
December 2-3, 2004 - Atlanta, Georgia

special members' field trip
Georgia Institute of Technology
Wednesday, December 1, 2004
12:30 - 4:00

Rich DeMillo of Georgia Tech previews the Field Trip.


overview speakers agenda

Topics include:
• Robotics
• Shape and visual search
• AI
• Virtual reality/environments
• Exoskeletons
• User-configurable displays
• Visual microsensors
• Surrogate mobile robots
• Logistics
• Nanotechnology
• New composite materials
• Implant technologies

conference overview
Who can predict what predictions will be valid about the future? Will biological elements and computers augment developments in quantum devices to take their take place alongside silicon? Will new platforms take us out of the loop with their specialized intelligence and skills, or will they afford us even more control? Will we see a convergence of our multiple platforms/devices? Will the Internet become a part of global intelligence? Does wireless still hold the promise of the ultimate sensory system? What remedies will we see for the recovery of telecom? What will be the impact of peer-to-peer systems?

In the next 5 years, we can expect technology to develop in directions determined by forces far outside any enterprise. Organizations now worry less about how fast their computers run and more about how well they work together. People no longer wonder whether something is available online, but rather how best to find and use it. What will matter in the future is utilizing all the power of connection in productive ways. For years, we've searched for intelligent life in space; will we find it closer to home in our computing devices and networks?

What used to pass for “wow” technology is becoming transparent, embedded, intelligent and invisible. There is far more to the future of technology than smaller, faster, better, cheaper, and more plentiful! Are next generation technologies a refinement of the “smaller, faster, better” syndrome, or do they truly provide a leap to new platforms and paradigms? At this conference, we’ll look at breakthroughs that stand to fuse the worlds of physics, electronics, photonics, biology, chemistry, computing, AI and AL, with a particular attention to those about to change industries, and the way we work and live.

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Dr. Geoffrey Barrows, Founder, Centeye, Inc.
Mr. Matthew Bate, CTO, Essentially Different, Ltd.
Mr. Brent Bilger, Vice President, Destiny Networks
Dr. Rodney Brooks, Director, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT and CTO, iRobot
Dr. Hunter Hoffman, Cognitive Psychologist, Human Interface Technology Lab, University of Washington
Dr. Stephen Jacobsen, Founder and CEO, Sarcos
Mr. Chris Jones, CEO, Informatrix
Dr. Mark Kryder, CTO, Seagate Technology
Dr. Jennifer Lalli, Director of Nanocomposites, Nanosonic
Dr. Martin Lawrence, Cambridge Optical Sciences
Dr. Mark Liponis, Corporate Medical Director, Canyon Ranch
Dr. Michael Mateas, Assistant Professor, Literature, Communication and Culture, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Ralph Merkle, Director, Georgia Tech Information Security Center
Dr. Karthik Ramani, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
Mr. David Rose, President, Ambient Devices
Mr. Joseph Santucci, Founder, President, and CEO, Pixlogic, LLC
Dr. Yulun Wang, CEO, InTouch Health, Inc.
Dr. Kevin Warwick, Professor of Cybernetics, University of Reading

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