Maker Movement Pioneer to Speak at CMK 2017


Constructing Modern Knowledge
 is excited to announce that physicist, educator, and inventor of the maker movement, Professor Neil Gershenfeld  will be a guest speaker at Constructing Modern Knowledge 2017, July 10-13, 2018 in Manchester, New Hampshire (USA). He joins the ranks of other remarkable guest speakers and a world-class faculty.

Back in 2005, Gershenfeld predicted the maker movement and the impact personal fabrication would have in our everyday lives in his seminal book, Fab: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop–from Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication. He has been at the top of our speaker wishlist for many years and will soon host the CMK reception at the legendary MIT Media Lab during CMK 2017.

Bio

Prof. Neil Gershenfeld is the Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. His unique laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from creating molecular quantum computers to virtuosic musical instruments. Technology from his lab has been seen and used in settings including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and rural Indian villages, the White House and the World Economic Forum, inner-city community centers and automobile safety systems, Las Vegas shows and Sami herds.

He is the author of numerous technical publications, patents, and books including FabWhen Things Start To ThinkThe Nature of Mathematical Modeling, and The Physics of Information Technology, and has been featured in media such as The New York Times, The EconomistNPRCNN, and PBS.

He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, has been named one of Scientific American’s 50 leaders in science and technology, as one of 40 Modern-Day Leonardos by the Museum of Science and Industry, one of Popular Mechanic’s 25 Makers, has been selected as a CNN/Time/Fortune Principal Voice, and by Prospect/Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 public intellectuals.

Dr. Gershenfeld has a BA in Physics with High Honors from Swarthmore College, a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University, honorary doctorates from Swarthmore College, Strathclyde University and the University of Antwerp, was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows, and a member of the research staff at Bell Labs.

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Articles

How to Make Almost Anything
Foreign Affairs – November/December 2012

Digital Fabrication is So Much More than 3D Printing
Wired UK – March 2013

PERSONAL FABRICATION | Edge.org
2003

Videos

You Can Make it On Your Own from PBS’ Scientific American Frontiers – 2003