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The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Wired 24/7?

In our lifetime we have seen a broad transformation in the way we interact with technology in our daily lives. And further developments in technology promise a continued impact. Are we comfortable living in a world that never shuts off? How has this technology affected us, our thinking, our relationships and the way our work works? Is technological progress always for the better? Be part of the live studio audience for this special edition of TVO's Agenda with Steve Paikin.
Speaker Information
  • Neil Gershenfeld, Professor

  • MIT
  • Neil Gershenfeld is the Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms, and has been named one of Scientific American's 50 leaders in science and technology. He is a pioneer at the boundary between computer science and physical science, from early quantum computations to virtuosic musical instruments to field "fab labs".
  • Raymond Laflamme, Director

  • University of Waterloo/IQC
  • Raymond Laflamme is Director of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and an Associate Faculty at Perimeter Institute. His most important scientific contributions include theoretical and experimental methods to robustly control quantum information processors and a radically new approach to quantum computing using linear optics.
  • Jaron Lanier, Computer Scientist, Author

  • Berkeley University
  • Jaron Lanier was a pioneer in, and coined the term, Virtual Reality (VR). He received a Lifetime Career award from the IEEE in 2009. His day job is with Microsoft, and he is also the Interdisciplinary Scholar in Residence, CET, UC Berkeley. His book You Are Not a Gadget will be published in January 2010.
  • Neal Stephenson, Author

  • Neal Stephensonis the author of the three-volume epic "The Baroque Cycle" (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World) and the novels "Cryptonomicon", "The Diamond Age", "Snow Crash", and "Zodiac." His most recent book is "Anathem." He lives in Seattle, Washington.
  • Steve Paikin, Host

  • TVO
  • Steve Paikin's distinguished career in journalism includes twelve years as co-host of TVO's Studio 2, host of TVO's weekly foreign affairs series, Diplomatic Immunity, and host of TVO's provincial affairs program Fourth Reading. Steve Paikin is the author of four books: "The New Game"; "Public Triumph", "Private Tragedy: The Double Life of John P. Robarts" and "The Dark Side: The Personal Price of a Political Life."
  • Tara Hunt, Author and Marketing Consultant

  • Tara 'missrogue' Hunt has spent the past fifteen years living her life online. From the first wave of online marketing as it emerged in the late 90's while in Canada all the way to being a pioneer of new marketing in Silicon Valley in 2005, leading the wave into Web 2.0: the participatory web. She understands how this participatory web is changing all of our relationships: B2C, B2B and C2C. She doesn't believe in pushing messages or creating strong brands, only in the power of building relationships. She is the author of The Whuffie Factor: Using the Power of Social Networks to Build Your Business.
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