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December 10–11, 2013
San Francisco, California

Mike Hawley PREVIEWS
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Library Selection
Smart Machines: IBM's Watson and
the Era of Cognitive Computing
John E. Kelly III and Steve Hamm

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Topics include:
• Big data, from under the oceans to supermarkets
• FPGA programming made easy
• Commercial applications for thermal imaging
• Power-saving floating-point arithmetic
• Health and fitness monitors
• Outsourced R&D
• Crowd-powered computation
• Cataloging the home via the Internet of things
• A human-to-human brain interface
• 100-gigabit broadband
• AI: then and now
• Augmented reality glasses
• Separating application windows from their applications
• Augmented reality for games
• Gyroscopic-stabilized Vehicles
• Controlling computers with thought
• Intel Talent Search finalists

conference overview
Today, it's all about what's next. In this conference, we'll concentrate on breakthroughs that are emerging because someone or some group persisted in asking Why? or Why not? We once thought light couldn't bend around corners, but laboratories are now creating light beams that travel in a tight circle. Who would have guessed that butterfly wings and rice leaves would allow us to create more sterile high-tech surfaces for things like aircraft and watercraft, pipelines, and medical equipment? We'll consider how such innovative ideas and technologies break with conventional processes, go beyond marginal improvement, and have a wide impact on society.

Rapidly evolving ideas around local are taking shape. Technologies that create the environments we "experience" are becoming increasingly intimate, reactive, and expressive, and use a combination of expansive and intelligent sensing technologies. More and more of our understanding will be mediated through computation and sensor technologies, both overt and covert. The result may be a profound change in how we interact with our neighborhoods, rooms, buildings, streets, and businesses.

When technology becomes invisible, we'll no longer have to look at our devices; instead, they'll be looking at us. Technology will become increasingly tactile, bringing us new ways to experience what we get when we touch objects or materials.

At the conference, we'll focus on new developments in science, nanotechnology, AI, AL, and bio-everything. Will all these coming advances change the world? Perhaps not, but it's worth considering developments and breakthroughs such as genetic programming as a means of massive data storage, organic displays, and a form of artificial vision where the neural joining of senses can help in replacing one sense by the other. We'll poke holes in the blinders we all wear so we can see what's next.

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Partial list of speakers

Michael Bernstein, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University
Wesley Chan, General Partner, Google Ventures
Walter De Brouwer, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Scanadu
MARCO DELLA TORRE, Co-founder and Vice President of Product Science, Basis Science Inc.
Jeri Ellsworth, Co-Founder, Technical Illusions
Edward Feigenbaum, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University
Anthony Goldbloom, Founder, Kaggle
John Gustafson, Former Chief Product Architect, AMD
Steve Jurvetson, Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Danny Kim, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Lit Motors
Tan Le, Co-Founder and President, Emotiv Systems
Ed Lu, Chief of Innovative Applications, Liquid Robotics
Anders Nancke-Krogh, Founder, MOSAIQQ
Rishiyur Nikhil, Chief Technology Officer, Bluespec
Mario Paniccia, Intel Fellow and General Manager, Silicon Photonics Organization
Bill Parrish, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Tyrian Systems
Rajesh Rao, Associate Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Washington

Scott Walchek, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Trōv
Brian Wilfley, Chief Scientist, TripleRing

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Conference Schedule
Monday, December 9: 6:00 pm, First Timers Pre-Reception Welcome
6:30 pm, Reception/Dinner (7:00 pm)
Tuesday, December 10: 8:30 am–5:00 pm, Conference Day 1
6:30 pm, Reception/Dinner (7:00 pm)
Wednesday, December 11: 8:30 am–4:00 pm, Conference Day 2

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