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Friday, March 9, 2012

SXSW: It begins

(Cross posted from G+)


Arrived at Austin today, +SXSW starts in a few hours. 

Its going to be a busy week...

My talk about "Investigating Social Mechanisms with Mobile Phones" 
Saturday, March 10, 12:30PM - 1:30PM, at the Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon J
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP11434

Presenting Funf at the SXSW Accelerator:
Monday, March 12, 12:30PM - 1:30PMHilton Austin DowntownSalon B
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_OE01090
http://sxsw.com/interactive/startupvillage/accelerator/schedule

Demoing Funf at the Knight-Mozilla-MediaLab event:
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_OE01187

And generally helping out with the Media Lab's presence (or "occupation" if you ask +Joichi Ito)

I'd better go get some sleep.




Israeli President Shimon Peres visits Google





I'm very honored to have had the chance to meet Israeli President Shimon Peres during his visit to Google yesterday, hosted by Sergey Brin. 

More details about the visit and the demos that were shown to him:
http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000731608

About ten years ago I heard President Peres speak about the importance of science, technology, and education. He then gave the audience a primer on nano-technology and how it can change the world. I was amazed at his knowledge and passion, back then when he was almost 80 years old. 

Today, at 88, he is still going strong. He asked very detailed questions about the technologies that we demoed to him. President Peres also talked about the potential of brain research and biological computation, and the importance of investing in these fields (he touched on this in his recent public speeches as well). It was inspirational and uplifting!



Photo credit: Christophe Wu (Google)
Photo credit: Christophe Wu (Google)