Tomorrow afternoon, during the first day of the Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT, I'll have to choose between four concurrent breakout sessions. Since I'll be live-blogging the event (barring any insurmountable technical difficulties), I will let you, our readers, tell me what you most want to hear about.
Which breakout session would you prefer that I attend?
$1,000 Human Genome
Scientists have finished sequencing a single human genome; however, the most dramatic benefits won’t be realized until we find a way to quickly and cheaply obtain genetic profiles for individuals.
Panelists: George M. Church, Professor of Genetics and Director of the Center for Computational Genetics, Harvard Medical School; George Weinstock, Professor, Departments of Molecular & Human Genetics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology and co-director, Human Genome Sequencing Center, Baylor College of Medicine Jene Golovchenko, Professor of Physics, Harvard University; Michael Egholm, Vice President of Molecular Biology, 454 Life Sciences
Are the nanomaterials that are being increasingly used in consumer products, such as sunscreens and cosmetics, safe? At stake: the future of the nanotech industry and public acceptance of this important new technology.
Panelists: Andrew D. Maynard, Chief Science Advisor, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Barbara Karn, Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Vicki Colvin, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and director of the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, Rice University; David Warheit, Research Fellow, DuPont Haskell Laboratory
Online Applications War
There’s a race under way among Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and hundreds of startups to provide the "killer apps" that will convince people to do most of their computing online.
Speakers: Alex Bard, President and CEO, Goowy Media, Inc.; Jason Fried, President, 37 Signals; Adam Gross, VP, Developer Marketing, Salesforce.com; Paul Rademacher, Software Engineer, Google; Adam Selipsky, VP of Product Management and Developer Relations, Amazon.com
Researchers have made headway on SDR, in which a single chip can process a wide range of radio frequencies used for international cellular service. Could SDR shrink devices, save battery power, and provide flexibility to gadgets?
Speakers: John Chapin, CTO, Vanu; Asad Abidi, Professor of Electrical Engineering, UCLA; Michael Yonker, Director of Technology Strategy, Wireless Business Unit, Texas Instruments; Tod Sizer, Director, Broadband and Wireless Access Research Center, Lucent/Bell Labs
I'm leaning toward Session B because it seems the most relevant to CRN's work, but I could probably be swayed by a strong preference for something else.