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Less is More
September 12–14, 2018
Washington, D.C.

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Beltsville Agricultural Research

September 12, 2018

by Aug 13, 2018



conference overview
Technology tries to do something that has never been done before, which is often a matter of doing more with more. To create a market opportunity—and to save the planet—things have to be made simpler, easier, or more affordable. Businesses therefore need to raise the question of whether or not some new thing that can be done, ought to be done, which often comes down to whether we can now do more with less. We’ll look at efficiencies of all kinds, whether it’s creating or using power and energy better; better materials; or better communication, logistics, and markets.

Topics to be explored
Smart infrastructures. Measurement and control. Advanced manufacturing. Technology-driven sustainability. The plummeting cost of solar energy. Wind energy. New materials. Physical resiliency. Prevention. Third-world solutions to first-world problems. Earth systems engineering. Batteries and fuel cells. Carbon capture: fact vs fiction. Efficient space travel. Smart buildings, homes, cities, farms. Urban hydroponics. The sensor economy. Health care.

Speakers to date
Chris Eliasmith and Peter Suma, Co-founders, Applied Brain Research
Tools For Extending Moore’s Law With Neuromorphic Computing

Michael McAlpine
, University of Minnesota
3-D Printing to Bridge the Biological–Electronic Gap

Amitabh Chandra, Harvard Kennedy School
Cost Effective Healthcare

Fiorenzo Omenetto, Tufts University
A Tooth-Mounted Sensor that Tracks Your Intake

Bruce Schneier, Chief Technology Officer, IBM Resilient
The Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems

Connie Huffa, Fabdesigns, Inc.
Apparel Mass Customized, For You

Liangbing Hu, University of Maryland Energy Research Center
Making Wood Stronger Than Steel

Maggie R. Jones, U.S. Census
Upward Mobility, Race, and Economic Opportunity

Daniel Kahn Gillmor, ACLU
Fixing the Facebook Privacy Problem 

Lotfi Belkhir, McMaster University
The Impact of ICT on the Global Carbon Footprint

Stephen Wicker, Cornell University
Life in the Panopticon: What Amazon Knows, Just from Our Kindles

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