CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Technologists and senior
business managers will make their annual trek to MIT next month for the
October 25th and 26th Research and Development Conference, where MIT
faculty will present some of the most exciting and notable research
currently emanating from academia. The two-day conference presents a wide
spectrum of basic research activities and potential breakthroughs by MIT
faculty in such fields as communications, nanotechnology, energy,
micro-technology, and brain/cognitive/bio sciences.
On day one inventor Ray Kurzweil, dubbed the "restless genius" by the
Wall Street Journal, will talk about the rapid acceleration of technology
in the 21st century, and its impact on business, the economy and society.
Good things are on the way according to Kurzweil, who forecasts affordable
human- level computers by 2020, and the software of human intelligence by
The path from here to there will no doubt be influenced by the MIT
Media Lab, which has taken a leading role in shaping today's digital
lifestyle for more than two decades. Frank Moss, the Lab's new director,
concurs with Kurzweil's optimism, and in his talk, "The Best is Yet to
Come: Seeds for Tomorrow's Innovation," Moss will discuss the Media Lab's
ongoing quest to enhance human capability through technology.
In addition to hearing from technology visionaries during the general
sessions, conference attendees will have the opportunity to drill down into
the dazzling details of specific MIT research. Seven concurrent technology
tracks will be offered, including: communications technology, carbon
nanotubes, pushing the limits of detection, energy: simulation and
modeling, portable power, brain/cognitive/bioscience, and microtechnolgy.
The Research and Development Conference is part of the MIT Industrial
Liaison Program's Technology and the Corporation conference series. More
information on the conference, including complete agenda and abstracts, can
be found at http://ilp-www.mit.edu/events/RD2006.
About the MIT Industrial Liaison Program
The Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) is industry's chief gateway to
MIT, enabling companies worldwide to harness MIT resources to address
current challenges and to anticipate future needs. The ILP helps company
managers monitor MIT research developments, identify and arrange expert
consultations with MIT faculty, license MIT-owned intellectual property,
and sponsor university research. The professional staff of Industrial
Liaison Officers facilitates customized interactions for nearly 200
multinational companies. For more information please see the ILP Web site
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