Thursday, September 4, 2008

Seeking Radical Breakthroughs in Alternative Energy

Date: Wednesday, September 10
Time: 4:30-6 pm
Location: MIT Building 34, Room 101

On September 10 (next Wednesday), the X PRIZE Foundation is holding a panel discussion at MIT, co-sponsored by the X PRIZE Lab @ MIT and the MIT Energy Club, with three leaders in the energy and environment sector: George Church, Ray Kurzweil, and Saul Griffith. The theme of the discussion is "What I would advise the next president." Kurzweil, Church and Griffith will discuss alternative energy solutions for the country and the world."If you're in the area and interested in attending (the event is open to the public and runs from 4:30-6:00), please RSVP here.

The three speakers are some of the top minds in the energy and environment field:

Dr. Ray Kurzweil
Ray Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison,” and PBS included Ray as one of 16 “revolutionaries who made America,” along with other inventors of the past two centuries. Along with Larry Page, Ray devised the solar-based energy plan for the recent "Grand Challenges in Engineering" blue ribbon panel of the National Academy of Engineering.

Dr. George Church
George Church is Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Director of the Center for Computational Genetics. His 1984 Harvard PhD included the first direct genomic sequencing method, molecular multiplexing tags, which lead to automation & software used at Genome Therapeutics Corp. for the first commercial genome sequence -- pathogen, Helicobacter in 1994. Innovations in homologous recombination and array-based DNA reading & writing lead to current research and new ethics/safety strategies in Personal Genomics (PGP, 23andme, Knome) & synthetic biology (Codon Devices, SynBERC, LS9). LS9, Inc. is developing biofuels made with the power of synthetic biology.

Dr. Saul Griffith
Saul Griffith has multiple degrees in materials science and mechanical engineering and completed his PhD in Programmable Assembly and Self Replicating machines at MIT. He is the co-founder of numerous companies including: Low Cost Eyeglasses, Squid Labs, Potenco,, HowToons and Makani Power, which is seeking to harness clean energy from high-altitude wind. Saul has received several awards for invention, including the Collegiate Inventor's award, the Lemelson-MIT Student prize, and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.


Unknown said...

Is there a web feed? I live in California, and would very much like access to the content.

Jean Levasseur said...

There's not going to be a live web feed, but we will have a camera crew filming the event, and they will cut some YouTube videos to be distributed. I'll post them back to this blog as soon as they're done, so keep your eyes out!

Unknown said...

Will it be possible for the YouTube cuts to collectively include all the discussions? I was told about some off-shoot discussions that sounded really interesting. Also, do you know when these videos may become available? Thanks!

Jean Levasseur said...

Unfortunately, the way the event stands now, it's much to long to put on YouTube. We have a highlights video available on YouTube here:

I'm not sure when we'll have a long version available on YouTube yet, but I will certainly try to make sure as many discussions are included as possible.

Unknown said...

maybe you can allow the whole video to be downloaded here?