“How many people do you see? If you look very, very closely, you can see one person. The photographer wanted to have a picture with a person in it, the factory had to be shut down for this picture. We’re in a technological age.”
Per Ödling, on a picture of a factory in India where the entire factory is manned by robots and usually no actual people are present. This photo was staged, bringing in a manual worker to ‘work’ on the assembly line.
“Things will no longer work just because they aren’t broken.”
Wolter Pieters on devices that will stop working because the underlying service has been cut off, while the device itself can still function perfectly. In that case they are essentially broken.
“It might be difficult to restart the economy, but it could be even more difficult to restart the biosphere. So it might be time for humanity to grow up and not only be powerful, but also responsible.”
Martin Jacobi warning us to be careful before we wipe out the biosphere and cause irreversible harm.
“I don’t have anything to say about the future. So I won’t.”
Paulien Hogeweg introducing results on non-supervised modelling to gain greater diversity in modelling outcomes.
“The point is, at the end of the day, a single cotton farmer produces about a million T-shirts.”
Luis Bettencourt in his presentation on how costs of products are largely for services and not for materials anymore.
“What is life? What if you take the molecules that make up an E. coli bacterium, and put them in a test tube? What is life, what is lifeless?”
Cees Dekker on the thin line between life and non-life in his research into synthetic cells. Seen from both a top-down approach of stripping down living bacteria and a bottom-up approach of collecting the building blocks in a synthetic environment.
“We are identified by private companies. Our communication traffic is regulated by private companies. Our economic traffic is regulated by companies. Our conflicts are solved by online dispute resolution. Our security is protected by private companies and threatened by governments.”
Kees de Vey Mestdagh on the reliability on technology to stay connected as human beings.
“Humans are merely resources, just like any other resource.”
Ra Page posing counter-narratives for the BINC age where individuals aren’t important. Only heroes make it into history.
“How do we stay wild cyborgs?”
Rinie van Est on how people live with technology between, near and even in us. And on how we should try to keep too much technology out of our bodies as well.
“We could make prosthetic hands that are ten times stronger than normal hands. We found that to be quite unethical. We didn’t want to make robocops.”
Ulf Dahlstehn on the possibilities already available, but unregulated in the international market law.
By Paul van Vliet