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This year's topics include new approaches to scaling alternative energy sources, the changes digital technologies are bringing to traditional education, the growing significance of personal genomics, the unprecedented impact of big data and social technology on everyday life, and more.

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Wednesday, October 24 • 9:00am - 10:30am
EmTech Prism: Reigniting Innovation

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Technology will be part of the solution to our greatest human problems, from fighting hunger and disease to alleviating traffic and the energy crisis. How can we encourage more purpose-driven innovation around these pressing global challenges? Meet some of the leaders attempting big solutions for our biggest problems.


  • Rodney Brooks, founder of Rethink Robotics, on his vision for incorporating robots into the global workforce
  • David Keith, Harvard professor of applied physics and public policy, on new thinking about using technology to combat climate change
  • Helmuth Ludwig, CEO, Siemens Industry North America on the global collaboration that led to the successful Curiosity landing on Mars this year


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Rodney Brooks

Founder, Chairman and CTO, Rethink Robotics
A mathematics undergraduate in his native Australia, Rodney received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford in 1981. From 1984 to 2010, he was on the MIT faculty, and completed his service as the Panasonic Professor of Robotics. He was also the founding Director of the Institute's... Read More →
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David Keith

and Professor, Harvard University, President, Carbon Engineering
David Keith has worked near the interface between climate science, energy technology and public policy for twenty years. He took first prize in Canada's national physics prize exam, won MIT's prize for excellence in experimental physics, and was listed as one of TIME magazine's Heroes... Read More →
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Helmuth Ludwig

CEO, Siemens Industry Sector
As chief executive officer of the Industry Sector in North America, Helmuth Ludwig is responsible for all business activity and executive management of the Siemens Industry Sector business in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. In his 20 years with Siemens... Read More →

Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA

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