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Class 8: Design like you give a damn!

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Amy Smith: Simple designs that could save millions of lives 

“Amy Smith, a Mechanical Engineer, designs cheap, practical fixes for tough problems in developing countries. Among her many accomplishments, the MIT engineer received a MacArthur "genius" grant in 2004 and was the first woman to win the Lemelson-MIT Prize for turning her ideas into inventions. Her approach to problem-solving in developing nations is refreshingly common-sense: Invent cheap, low-tech devices that use local resources, so communities can reproduce her efforts and ultimately help themselves.”


Adam Grosser: A new vision for refrigeration

“Adam Grosser talks about a project to build a refrigerator that works without electricity -- to bring the vital tool to villages and clinics worldwide. Tweaking some old technology, he's come up with a system that works.”




Tim Brown: The powerful link between creativity and play

“Tim Brown is the CEO of the "innovation and design" firm Ideo -- taking an approach to design that digs deeper than the surface. Brown carries forward Ideo's mission of fusing design, business, and social studies to come up with deeply researched, deeply understood designs and ideas.”




Dean Kamen: New prosthetic arm for veterans

“Inventor Dean Kamen previews the prosthetic arm he’s developing at the request of the US Department of Defense. His quiet commitment to using technology to solve problems -- while honoring the human spirit -- has never been more clear. Yes, he's a college dropout, but he's a huge believer in education, and in 1989 established the nonprofit FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to inspire teenagers to pursue careers in science. FIRST sponsors lively annual competitions, where students form teams to create the best robot.”



Alan Russell: Why can't we grow new body parts?

“Alan Russell studies regenerative medicine -- a breakthrough way of thinking about disease and injury, using a process that can signal the body to rebuild itself. In the fight against disease, defect and injury, Alan Russell has a novel argument: Why not engineer new tissue and organs to replace sick ones?”




YouTube video: Did you know?   A fascinating presentation of cutting edge information.


Alisa Miller: Why we know less than ever about the world.  


Comments (1)

Ian D Goddard said

at 11:57 am on Mar 11, 2009

We did not have time to show Tim Browns talk in class unfortunately. Watch it by clicking the link above.

I have also added links to the two "shorts" which we did see; Did you know? (2.0) and Alisa Miller: Why we know less than ever about the world.

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