The ever so wonderful Luc Lalande extended an invitation to last night’s TEDxCarletonU at the GladstoneTheater. I met great people and had some stupendous conversations that I will follow-up on. It is very rare that I am in a space in Ottawa where I know so few people and it was a real pleasure to go out and explore.
Alan Neal did his usual great MCing, my friend Mike Gifford wore a suit for the second time this week, and the lectures were pretty interesting. Some debate would have been good, particularly on the use of nanotechnology in our agricultural system to read the root system’s request for nutrition. The Green Revolution came to mind! Imagination being hard wired is also pretty controversial, buy it is a classic cognitive science thing to think about. Jesse Stewart was delightfully playfull and I always like intelligent low teck solutions to world problems as discussed by Banu Ormeci.
Luc put together a pretty great event, and I liked that professors had to translate their work for a non-specialist audience. Science could do much more of that.