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December 6–7, 2012
Seattle, Washington

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December 5, 2012
Boeing Everett Manufacturing/Industrial Center and NEITZ LAB,

The Half-life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date
by Samuel Arbesman

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Topics include:
• Natural user interfaces
• Nano building blocks
• Micro-virtualization
• Brain-computer interfaces
• New cameras
• Open-source manufacturing
• Distributed intelligence
• Interactive discovery
• Bioelectronics
• Interactive games
• Event capture
• IP
• Energy storage

conference overview
This conference will take on surprising new ideas, discoveries, technological advances, and startups that may be coming to a future near you. We'll introduce them, and then explore their implications for organizations and society in the next five, ten, even 20 years. We'll ferret out hidden technologies and examine their promise and their potential.

New technology breakthroughs radiate from one area to the next, often in noncontiguous ways. Disparate technological discoveries, while seemingly narrow and isolated, often affect new developments systemically, altering policy, culture, existing organizations, investments, and entrenched business models. Is it feasible to think that organizations will become their own Y combinators?

Could graphene be the one material that affords extraordinary energy storage, helps sequence DNA, and makes a computer out of water? Could we see chips without wires using flashing lasers that transmit data via infrared light? As information technology gradually shifts its focus from computing capabilities to energy efficiency, we'll get better MEMS-based, energy-harvesting devices for wireless sensors and other applications.

Small and smaller leads to bigger, better, and faster. New semiconductor nanowire lasers will lead to denser optical disc storage. Tiny magnets might run super-energy-efficient computers. In ten years, will your computer be totally flexible and bendable, and made of interactive paper? It's as difficult as ever to pick the winners from the vast array of technological possibilities. Often, the "best" technology doesn't always prevail in the marketplace. Yet, the paradigm-shifting power of new technologies—the power to transform not only business, but also human relationships and entire societies—could factor significantly into your long-term strategic plans.

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Partial list of speakers
Dr. David Brady, Michael J. Fitzpatrick Endowed Professor of Photonics, Duke University
Dr. Simon Crosby, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Bromium

Dr. Michael Doyle, President, National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago
Dr. Eric Furst, Director, Center for Molecular & Engineering Thermodynamics, University of Delaware
Dr. Deborah Gordon, Professor of Biology, Stanford University
Dr. Andrew Hibbs, Chief Executive Officer, Quantum Applied Science and Research
Mr. Stan Honey, Director of Technology, America's Cup Event Authority
Dr. Hanoch Levy, Co-Founder, Syntomo
Dr. Yoky Matsuoka, Vice President, Technology, Nest Labs
Dr. Nathan Myhrvold, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Intellectual Ventures
Dr. Ren Ng, Founder and Executive Chairman, Lytro, Inc.
Mr. Nathan Oostendorp, Founder and Chief Product Architect, Sight Machine
Dr. Zoran PopoviĆ, Director, Center for Game Science, University of Washington
Dr. Amir Pourmousa, Analysis Group Manager, Lightsail Energy
Dr. Ramesh Raskar, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab
Mr. Justin Rattner, Chief Technology Officer, Intel
Mr. Leslie Ventsch
, Director of Design, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Mr. Marc Whitten, Corporate Vice President, Xbox Live, Microsoft

Conference Schedule
Wednesday, December 5:
9:30 am–3:00 pm, Field Trip to Boeing Everett Manufacturing/Industrial Center and Neitz Lab, University of Washington
pm, Welcome Reception/Dinner (7:00 pm)
Thursday, December 6: 8:30 am–5:00 pm, Conference Day 1
6:30 pm, Off-Site Reception/Dinner (7:00 pm)
Friday, December 7: 8:30 am–4:00 pm, Conference Day 2

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