Every year, Technology Review hosts the Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT. I sometimes say: I would love ETC even if it were not our own. I love it for its unembarrassed geekiness, I love it for the celebrity and interest of its speakers and panelists, and I love it for its mission: explaining the impact of the year’s most fascinating new technologies. This year, Bob Buderi, our Editor at Large, and my predecessor as Editor in Chief, organized a particularly compelling show. Yesterday, we heard Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of MIT’s media lab, defend his hundred dollar computer for the poor world, and we listened to Jeff Hawkins, the founder of Palm Computing, talk about his real passion: neuroscience. I hosted a panel on social computing, and another panel on nuclear energy became, by all accounts, almost too spirited.
Today, I will be live-blogging from ETC. Stay tuned!