Simplicity Makes the Difference: Charles Babbage at Computer History Museum

05.20.08 | Category: Simplicity, Valley History, Video

Doron Swade at Computer History MuseumValleyZen covered the Computer History Museum’s sold-out lecture kicking off the “Exhibit Launch of Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine No.2″ by Dr. Doron Swade, the world’s expert on Charles Babbage and by Dr. Nathan Myhrvold, former CTO, Microsoft, founder of Dynamical Systems and co-founder of Intellectual Ventures. Dr. Swade has a unique perspective, because he successfully undertook an experiment completed in 1991 to determine whether Babbage in the period 1847 to 1849 could have built the Difference Engine No. 2. The experiment required Dr. Swade to use 19th Century tools…

Keep Reading’s Larry Brilliant

05.15.08 | Category: Video, Zen Earth's Larry Brilliant and ValleyZen's Drue Kataoka

Set against the backdrop of the warmest weather yet this year, Dr. Larry Brilliant’s talk about our global problems took on even more urgency.

As he spoke about climate change, I thought of the weatherman earlier this morning, “Scorching hot today…Get ready for the triple digits.”

The heat inside the lecture room was appropriate. As Brilliant explained’s initiative to Develop Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal (RE less than C), there was no escape for the audience into air-conditioned complacency. Bodies against bodies…

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How to Become Who You Want to Be – Stanford’s Virtual Reality

05.13.08 | Category: Breaking News, Simplicity, Unexpected

Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford University

Prof. Jeremy Bailenson is turning heads (real and virtual). With all the media attention he has received lately for his research at Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL), you might suspect he was making use of multiple avatars to sit in for all these interviews.

The New York Times, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Science Magazine, and The TODAY show have got Prof. Bailenson in the media spotlight right now.

Today TIME magazine features…

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Zittrain’s Zen Negations at the Ritz

05.11.08 | Category: Unexpected, Zen Law

Jonathan Zittrain interviewed by Drue Kataoka and Bill Fenwick“If you want to be at the heart of the intellectual universe come to Stanford,” said Stanford Law School Dean, Larry Kramer, introducing Jonathan Zittrain to a pumped-up pro-Stanford audience at the Ritz Carlton, San Francisco. This book signing event was organized by Dean Kramer and Stanford Law School in an effort to recruit the Oxford professor and internationally-known cyberlaw scholar to come to Stanford.
“There is no place like Stanford Law School,” Zittrain agreed and began his talk centering on his latest book, The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It. Flanked by giant digital images from the book, Zittrain described the magic of the early Internet…

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100 Years of the Nobel Prize Comes to the Valley

05.08.08 | Category: Simplicity, Valley History

Nobel Laureate Martin Perl, Smithsonian Institution's Arthur Molella, Drue Kataoka, and TECH Museum President Peter Friess

“This exhibition was carried around by Indian elephants,” said Peter Friess, President of The TECH Museum of Innovation, on a gala evening celebrating “100 Years of the Nobel Prize” and its installation at The TECH. Traveling through India, China, Egypt, and now Silicon Valley, the exhibit was conceived in the spirit of the Nobel Prize as an international project…

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Say it in Ten Words or Less. Or Else!

05.02.08 | Category: Simplicity

Fenwick & West - 100 Best Places to Work

“Remember that 10 words is not a speech. It is a statement!” said East Bay Business Times Publisher Mike Consol. Over a thousand businesspeople had gathered in San Francisco Hilton’s grand ballroom for the presentation of the 2008 list of the 100 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area.

“You get 10 words…Or Less!” Consol prepped the winners in the audience for their moment on stage and urged them to start consolidating their ideas right away. Realizing that they had to create a “corporate haiku” on the spot, the audience…

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