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Program for the Future: A Summit & Workshop on Collective Intelligence

Program for the Future

Monday, December 8, 2008 at 7:30 AM - Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 12:00 PM (PST)

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Program for the Future

Program for the Future is dedicated to Douglas Engelbart’s quest to harness technology for human betterment. Sponsored by The Tech Museum of Innovation, the MIT Museum, The New Media Consortium, and SDForum, this two-day conference is a dialog with people developing new tools, interfaces, research and methods to augment collective intelligence. It will be held December 8 and 9 in San José and Stanford, California.

Speakers on December 8 include Professor Thomas Malone, author of The Future of Work and Director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google, and The New Media Consortium www.nmc.org an example of Engelbart's prescient concept of a networked improvement community. Professor Andries van Dam of Brown University who hosted the 50th anniversary of Vannevar Bush’s groundbreaking article “As We May Think." will be the highlight of the December 8th Evening program. Program chairs are Professor Hiroshi Ishii, Associate Director of the MIT Media Lab, and Joel Orr, Founder of the Congress on the Future of Engineering Software.

December 9th's morning program is a Call to Action to organize ourselves to move forward to harness the collective intelligence of our community. The afternoon program shifts to the Stanford Memorial Hall joining with the SRI commemoration of the team that created the demo.

On this, the 40th anniversary of Engelbart's legendary "mother of all demos," the Program for the Future will launch a global competition for new tools that improve collective Intelligence. In keeping with Engelbart's vision of mass collaboration, this event also brings together many communities -- education, business, nonprofit, social, political and technology. Together we will brainstorm ways to enhance our capability for problem-solving, decision-making, knowledge organization, and planning in every field of human endeavor.

    * Professor Hiroshi Ishii, Associate Director, MIT Media Laboratory
Thomas Malone, Founding Director, MIT Center for Collective Intelligence
    * Joel Orr VP and Chief Visionary, Cyon Research
    * Steve Wozniak, Co-founder, Apple Computer Inc., Ja
zz Technologies
    * Peter Friess President, The Tech Museum of Innovation
    * Sam Hahn, eGain - industry panel 12/9
    * Professor Tom Malone, Director, MIT Center for Collective Intelligence
    * Professor Andries van Dam, Brown Univ. Dinner keynote speaker
    * Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google
William Mark, Vice President, SRI, Information and Computing Sciences Division
    * Paul Resnick, University of Michigan
    * Alan Kay, President, Viewpoints Research Institute
    * David Nordfors, Director Center for Innovation Journalism, Stanford University
    * William Mark, Vice President, Information and Computing Sciences Division, SRI

    * New Media Consortium - Larry Johnson CEO,
                                      - Rachel Smith, VP NMC Services and
                                      - Alan Levine, VP Community and CTO

Complete details at: www.programforthefuture.org

Program for the Future:
A Summit & Workshop on Collective Intelligence
Dec. 8, 2008 The Tech Museum of Innovation

7:45 Registration (Coffee and pastry bar)

Joel Orr, Doug Engelbart, Karen Engelbart
"Welcome to the summit on Collective Intelligence"
How can individuals participate in integrating Collective Intelligence into their studies, business, or art in order to achieve beneficial results that exceed the expected output?

8:30 Peter Norvig Director of Research, Google
"Walkthrough the Collective Intelligence Mural and Timeline"

Where are we? How did we get here? Where are we going? Understand the connected revolution through a graphical timeline. Learn how visualizing time provides insight into things that have happened and things to come.

9:00 Thomas Malone Director of the Center for Collective Intelligence, MIT
 "The Landscape of Collective Intelligence"

A central question for whole field of collective intelligence is "How can people and computers be connected so that - collectively - they act more intelligently than any individuals, groups or computers have ever done before?" This talk will describe some early answers to this question in business, science, and other areas.

10:00 Hiroshi Ishii Associate Director of the MIT Media Lab, Director, Head of the Tangible Media Group
"The Art of Tangible Bits - Inspired by Engelbart's Vision"

Today's technologies will become obsolete in one year, and today's applications will be replaced in 10 years, but true visions – we believe – can last longer than 100 years. Tangible Bits is our vision-driven research that aims at 2200, and it was inspired by Engelbart's grand vision demonstrated in 1968.

10:20 Larry Johnson, CEO; Alan Levine, VP Community & CTO, and Rachel Smith, VP NMC Services – executive team of the New Media Consortium
"The Story of the New Media Consortium"
– a networked improvement community inspired by Engelbart

10:40 Break

11:00 Peter Friess President The Tech Museum and John Durant President MIT Museum
"Redefining the Museum in the Connected Age"
Science and technology centers worldwide are redefining themselves as experiential environments where new interfaces and new concepts can be shown.  Learn why interactive museum exhibits are staged to become sought after spaces for technology companies and thought leaders to not only test new interfaces and ideas, but to interact with valuable audiences in new ways.

11:30 Activity: "Collective Intelligence Brainstorming and Insight Groups" (led by Joel Orr and Team ) Activity: Assemble around tables in up to 5 (or more if needed) topical groups. Groups brainstorm on aspects of a networked present and futureand how they might shape the topical business or study area. Post it notes, clustering and other mural activities. White sheets are used with markers to sketch-up ideas, keywords, and defining trends.

12:00 Brownbag lunch

12:30 William Mark, Vice President, SRI, Information and Computing Sciences Division  "SRI - Innovation inspired by Engelbart"

1:00 Professor Paul Resnick of the University of Michigan
"Reputation Systems & Collective Intelligence"

1:30 Activity: Breakout Groups report back.
 Breakout groups send 1 spokesperson to deliver a 5 minute summary of their work and insight.

2:00 "Program for The Future: The Collective Intelligence Prize"
The Tech Museum and the MIT Musuem  Introduction to Program for the Future 2009 competition. Learn the overall goals of the competition and how to participate.  Official launch of the competition with rules, contacts, parameters, and introduction to the sites and tools used.   Learn how individuals or companies can generate entries. Learn how your company or organization can benefit by sponsoring a topic or industry based prize.

2:30 Open Forum discussion, Q&A, Open Mic, and networking

3:00 Group Tour: "Leonardo: 500 Years into the Future"
A docent-lead tour of the Leonardo Da Vinci Exhibit in groups for inspiration on new ways to overcome the challenges to collective intelligence. Networking in the exhibition lobby.

5:00 Museum closes: Leave for Reception and Dinner

5:30 Reception and Networking

6:00 Program for the Future Dinner Talk: Engelbart's Vision:  What got done and what remains to be done?

Andries van Dam, Professor of Computer Science, Brown University in conversation with Alan Kay, President of Viewpoints Research Institute and Joel Orr VP and Chief Visionary, Cyon Research.
Activity: White sheets from breakout groups on walls for discussion

7:00 Dinner + discussion continues

9:00 Wrapup

Dec. 9, 2008  Stanford University Wallenberg Hall
Directions to Wallenberg Hall

Call to Action: Organizing Ourselves - Morning Program

8:00 am Registration – Open to the public
Join Program for the Future organizers, participants and New Media Consortium for networking prior to the Stanford program

 8:15 am "Program for the Future Organizing Workshop" , Stanford location tba. (Organized by Valerie Landau, Eileen Clegg and Mei Lin Fung)  Timeline Mural and group worksheets on view. Open to all who wish to get information, network and take action.

10:15 Journalist Panel - To be announced

11:00 Industry Panel - To be announced

12:00 Wrap- up and walk to Stanford Memorial Auditorium

1:00 - 5:30 pm
Engelbart and the Dawn of Interactive Computing: SRI's Revolutionary 1968 Demo — A 40th Anniversary Celebration
Stanford Memorial Auditorium

Detailed agenda at:   http://www.sri.com/engelbart-event.html
They call it the "mother of all demos".
On December 9, 1968, Dr. Douglas C. Engelbart and the Augmentation Research Center (ARC) at Stanford Research Institute staged a 90-minute public multimedia demonstration at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco. It was the world debut of personal and interactive computing: for the first time, the public saw a computer mouse, which controlled a networked computer system to demonstrate hypertext linking, real-time text editing, multiple windows with flexible view control, cathode display tubes, and shared-screen teleconferencing.

It changed what is possible. The 1968 demo presaged many of the technologies we use today, from personal computing to social networking. The demo embodied Doug Engelbart's vision of solving humanity's most important problems by using computers to improve communication and collaboration.

On December 9, 2008 at Stanford University's Memorial Auditorium, SRI International will present a commemorative 40th anniversary of this historic event. Join us to hear original participants recount what led up to the 1968 demo, the drama of the demonstration itself, and its impact — which no one could have imagined at the time. Learn about Doug Engelbart's vision to use computing to augment society’s collective intellect and ability to solve the complex issues of our time.
Detailed agenda at:   http://www.sri.com/engelbart-event.html



VIP Registration for the two-day conference: (includes everything)

Dec 8 day only

Dec 8 dinner only

Dec 9 morning only

Other ways to participate:

Virtual Participants
Register to attend virtually:

Press Registration (subject to approval)
Food service/meals not included:

Demo Tables (subject to approval)
To apply to demo during the Dec. 8 dinner program:
Please contact us at: http://thetechvirtual.org/help/contact-info
Approx. 10 tables will be available.


Dec 9 1PM SRI Event at Stanford:

"Engelbart and the Dawn of Interactive Computing: SRI's Revolutionary 1968 Demo — A 40th Anniversary Celebration" 
Information on this separate event can be found at 

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Tech Museum of Innovation San Jose, CA
201 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Monday, December 8, 2008 at 7:30 AM - Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 12:00 PM (PST)

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