A native of Stockholm, Tegmark left Sweden in 1990 after receiving his B.Sc. in Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology (he’d earned a B.A. in Economics the previous year at the Stockholm School of Economics). His first academic venture beyond Scandinavia brought him to California, where he studied physics at the University of California, Berkeley, earning his M.A. in 1992, and Ph.D. in 1994.
Lior Zoref : Crowdsourcing
Whether we need to make better business decisions, find innovative solutions to big challenges, or transform our lives, collective intelligence is the key to making quicker, wiser, more objective decisions. And when it comes to collective intelligence, Dr. Lior Zoref is the authority to turn to. Dr. Zoref is a researcher, advisor, TED speaker, and author of the best-selling book, Mindsharing: The Art of Crowdsourcing Everything.
Hugh Herr : MIT Biomechatronics
Dr. Hugh Herr, a double amputee after a rock climbing accident, now heads the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab. He is creating bionic prostheses that emulate natural limbs—and are having a dramatic impact on eliminating disabilities and empowering people. The “Leader of the Bionic Age” according to TIME magazine, his work in the emerging field of biomechatronics—technology that marries human physiology with electromechanics—is revolutionizing the way we approach human limitations.
Richard Florida : Urban Theorist
Richard Florida is one of the world’s leading public intellectuals. Esquire Magazine recently named him one of the ‘Best and Brightest’. He is author of the national and international best- selling book, The Rise of the Creative Class, which received the Washington Monthly’s Political Book Award and was cited as a major breakthrough idea by the Harvard Business Review.
Peter Diamandis : Innovation Pioneer
Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. In the field of Innovation, Diamandis is chairman and ceo of the X PRIZE Foundation, best known for its $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight. Today the X PRIZE leads the world in designing and operating large-scale global competitions to solve market failures.
Andrew McAfee : The Second Machine Age
Andrew McAfee studies how IT changes how companies perform, organize themselves, compete at higher levels, and how computerization affects competition, society, economy, & workforce.
Vikram Mansharamani : Boombustology
Vikram Mansharamani is an experienced global equity investor and Lecturer at Yale University. Dr. Mansharamani teaches the seminar “Financial Booms & Busts” to Yale College undergraduates, an extremely popular course as indicated by student reviews and enrollment. He is also the author of BOOMBUSTOLOGY: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst.
Nicholas Negroponte : Technology Visionary and Philanthropist
Nicholas Negroponte is a new media pioneer, and the driving force behind One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a non-profit that seeks to provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment, and express themselves via computers. After earning two professional degrees in Architecture from MIT, Negroponte joined its faculty in 1966. Based on his extensive research in computer graphics, computer aided design and human computer interface; he founded MIT’s Architecture Machine Group, a combination lab and think tank, which studied new approaches to human-computer interaction.
Dr. John Kotter : Leadership and Change
John P. Kotter is internationally known and widely regarded as the foremost speaker on the topics of Leadership and Change. His is the premier voice on how the best organizations actually achieve successful transformations. The Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School and a graduate of MIT and Harvard, Kotter’s vast experience and knowledge on successful change and leadership have been proven time and again.