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This session will ask a simple question: has technology made our lives easier, or do we now have to deal with an overwhelming flow of interruptions hampering our productivity? We will discuss overload, screens invading our homes, and try to find the solution to a growing problem: technology fatigue.
Vint Cerf, considered the "father of the internet", wrote in a recent column that Internet is not a human right, but an enabler of rights. The capacities it gives us - to communicate, organize and publicize everywhere - have been used for business and fun, but also for development and crisis response. This session will explore these last two aspects, and show the possibilities and the limitations too.
We will explore what possible ways to interact with tomorrow's phones are being researched in the labs, and hear how Google is launching new products and bringing innovations to developing countries using mobile terminals.
Beyond the much debated crisis, new ideas are proposed to reinvent the system. From peer to peer currencies to simpler and more transparent banks, we will explore what is possible when you mix innovation with finance.
Stories from people with amazing lives and projects, to inspire and surprise you.
The internet favored the rise of the hacker in areas such as journalism and music. Now, some are taking that concept to a whole new level, from rocket-building to nuclear physics experiments... Meet the extreme hackers.
22nd–24th February 2012