Environment | June 18, 2013
Design For A Sustainable Future, Today: Alex Steffen & Mitchell Joachim
— Cities are the solution for a sustainable future, according to planetary futurist Alex Steffen. He recently paired up with fellow Lavin speaker Mitchell Joachim to discuss the future of urban planning at the Futuregreen Hospitality Forum in New York. In an in-depth Google Hangout, the...
— Washington DC's National Mall will be transformed this weekend. On June 8 - 10, social change speaker Naomi Natale will turn the national monument into a symbolic mass grave. In the culmination of the One Million Bones project, Natale and droves of other activists, artists, and volunteers will participate in a bone-laying ceremony this weekend. Using what...
Science | June 07, 2013
A New Era Of Fabrication: Neri Oxman Merges Nature With Technology
— Neri Oxman and her team at MIT's Mediated Matter Lab are at it again. A video released this week documents the creation of their latest project: The Silk Pavilion. Inspired by the methods of silk worms, Oxman's Silk Pavilion rests at the intersection of technology and biology. A popular science speaker, she often looks to nature to...
— Education speaker Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, recently traveled to his alma mater to deliver a keynote. A graduate of MIT back in 1998, Khan felt right at home on the stage. In the talk, Khan discussed his journey with the Khan Academy and what it meant for the future of learning. He received a warm reception, and his speech and stage presence earned him a great deal of praise. One reviewer in
— Design speaker Neri Oxman predicts that all of us will have a 3D printer at our desks within the next decade. While these printers are already available—and have been hugely popular among early adopters—they have yet to make it into the mainstream. As Oxman tells
— "3D printing is a strange meme that is being misrepresented in the press by people who don't actually use it," science speaker Neil Gershenfeld tells BBC News. In the article, Gershenfeld (Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms) argues that despite being a beneficial technology, 3D printing won't be spurring a manufacturing revolution all by itself....
Rishi Desai's goal at the Khan Academy is to generate a wealth of content about pediatric infectious diseases and public health that is easy to access—and easy to understand—for anyone, anywhere. In talks like this one, he stresses the importance that open source, high-quality education can have in society—especially in the field of medicine. He explores this idea in-depth on stage where he shares the history of the Khan Academy and explains why self-pacing, open access education is so effective.