‘The night I invented 3D printing’: Chuck Hull

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Chuck Hull

Chuck Hull, a 74-year-old pioneering innovator is the man responsible for a breakthrough that’s now driving forward the world of manufacturing. He is executive vice president and chief technology officer of 3D Systems, a company built on his creation: the 3D printer. (Video)



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The value of being the “weird” job candidate

Don’t be afraid to be weird (you probably are) — at least you’ll be remembered.

Hedwig von Restorff, a German psychologist, made an important, though not very counterintuitive, discovery in the 1930’s: things that somehow stand out are remembered more easily than typical things. Suppose we read the following list to a group and then asked them to recall it:

apple, truck, necklace, tomato, glass, dog, rock, umbrella, butter, spoon, Lady Gaga, pillow, pencil, chocolate, desk, banana, bug, soup, milk, tie



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Electric vehicle sales could be up 25% by 2020: Ford COO Mark Fields

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

At this year’s Detroit North American International Auto Show Auto Blog Green had the opportunity to interview Ford’s newly-promoted chief operating officer Mark Fields. He will most likely be the most likely successor to CEO Alan Mulally.

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Innovationews interviews DaVinci Institute founder and futurist Thomas Frey

Thomas Frey, Senior Futurist and Keynote Speaker

Thomas Frey is a futurist and keynote speaker who presents his ideas about the future to companies, government officials and others around the globe seeking guidance and insight in a rapidly changing world.



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The Future of the Visual Arts


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Futurist Thomas Frey:  On Nov 26-28th, I will be speaking at the Creative Innovations 2012 event in Melbourne, Australia. The theme of the conference will be “Wicked Problems, Great Opportunities! Leadership and courage for volatile times.”



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Ray Kurzweil talks about the future workforce

What impact will advancing technologies have on employment?

Singularity University’s Vice President of Innovation and Research, Vivek Wadhwa, has written about why he believes this will be the most innovative decade in human history and how we are headed for an era of abundant and affordable health care, and how robotics, artificial intelligence and 3D printing will lead to an era of local manufacturing in which the creative class flourishes.



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Why Chris Anderson is leaving digital for DIY

Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson, editor in chief for Wired, announced that he was leaving the magazine to become CEO of his DIY-drone company, 3D Robotics. This move comes a month after the release of his latest book, Makers: The New Industrial Revolution. In an interview last week Anderson talks about today’s biggest revolution in how and where we actually make things. If the last few decades have been about big digital forces — the Internet, social media — he notes that the future will be about applying all of that in the real world.


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Interview with Google Co-Founder Sergy Brin on Leaving China

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Google co-founder and Internet billionaire Sergey Brin:
“At some point you have to stand back and challenge this.”

Last week, Google announced it would withdraw its Chinese operations from Beijing and instead serve the market from freer Hong Kong. The Internet giant’s co-founder, Sergey Brin, 36, discusses his company’s troubles in China and its controversial decision to pull up stakes and leave.
Impact Lab: With your decision to close Google’s Chinese Web site, you are the first major company to have challenged the government in Beijing in this way. Are you powerful enough to take on an entire country?
Brin: I don’t think it’s a question of taking on China. In fact, I am a great admirer of both China and the Chinese government for the progress they have made. It is really opposing censorship and speaking out for the freedom of political dissent, and that’s the key issue from our side.
Impact Lab: Four years ago, you allowed your service to be censored. Why have you changed your mind now?
Brin: The hacking attacks were the straw that broke the camel’s back. There were several aspects there: the attack directly on Google, which we believe was an attempt to gain access to Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. But there is also a broader pattern we then discovered of simply the surveillance of human rights activists.
Impact Lab: Was it an error to agree to China’s demands back in 2006?
Brin: When we entered China, we had hoped that we could really help move Internet freedoms there forward. And I think we were partly successful. In the first few years, the kinds of policies we adopted — for example, labeling when there were results omitted — were also adopted by Baidu, the leading local competitor. But things really went backward after the Olympics. We got far more requests for censorship of topics and queries. Furthermore, a number of our other services like YouTube were competely blocked from the country. It was a real step backward, we felt.
Impact Lab: Some human rights activists argue that you could have achieved more if you had stayed.
Brin: You can always make the argument that a little bit is better than nothing. At some point you have to stand back and challenge this and say, this goes beyond the line of what we’re comfortable with and adopt that for moral reasons.
Impact Lab: But isn’t this also a major PR coup that will help to polish a public image of Google that has suffered recently?
Brin: No, for us it has always been a discussion about how we can best fight for openness on the Internet. We believe that this is the best thing that we can do for preserving the principles of the openness and freedom of information on the Internet.
Impact Lab: As a six year old, you emigrated with your family from the Soviet Union. Did this have any influence on the decision?
Brin: It certainly framed my point of view. Having come from a totalitarian country, the Soviet Union, and having seen the hardships that my family endured — both while there and trying to leave — I certainly am particularly sensitive to the stifling of individual liberties.
Impact Lab: What, exactly, happened back then?
Brin: As a child, I wasn’t so directly touched, but I do recall that after we had applied for exit visas, we had the police visit our house, my father lost his job. There was always a feeling of fear. I don’t think anybody should experience that.
Impact Lab: Other Internet firms have been surprised by your action. Microsoft founder Bill Gates said Chinese efforts to censor the Internet “have been very limited,” and his company wants to continue operating there, business as usual.
Brin: I am puzzled by those statements, to hear progressive tech companies take that point of view
Impact Lab: Do you fear that Microsoft’s own search engine, Bing, could take Google’s place in China?
Brin: Don’t forget, we are still serving China. We are serving it from Hong Kong. There are certainly challenges that come with serving outside the Great Firewall and there is a little advantage for our competitors. But don’t forget that our primary competitor in China, marketshare-wise, has always been Baidu. I don’t know that Bing has any substantial market share to begin with.
Impact Lab: Do you now fear that you will lose China, a huge potential future market?
Brin: If you adopt that point of view then you would agree to completely arbitrary limitations and distortion. If you take the point of view that you have to be friendly with the Chinese government and they can make arbitrary demands of you, then you can’t really run a business. I really don’t think that is a practicable way to proceed.
Impact Lab: Will the United States government back you on this matter?
Brin: No, I don’t think that they will do anything for us. But I do think that the US government appears to take the broader question of information freedoms seriously.
Impact Lab: Will the step you have taken also be helpful to critics of the Chinese regime?
Brin: Once again, we are not criticizing the government of China as a whole. This is not an anti-government stance, this is a stance against the concrete set of policies, and, yes, I hope that over time those policies are changed and reversed and that access to information is globalized in China.

Two weeks ago, Google announced it would withdraw its Chinese operations from Beijing and instead serve the market from freer Hong Kong. The Internet giant’s co-founder, Sergey Brin, 36, discusses his company’s troubles in China and its controversial decision to pull up stakes and leave.

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New John Lennon Interview Discovered


Great animation!

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it.

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