This week in PopTech: Robot films, 6 word stories and connected states
Friday, July 08, 2011 UTC|
There's always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week's highlights follows.
- The Connected States of America is the newest project from PopTech 2010 presenter Carlo Ratti and the SENSEable City Lab at MIT. The initiative takes a look at how communities are redefining themselves within the United States, tracking social interactions by studying anonymous, aggregated mobile phone data.
- Researchers from Canada and the United Kingdom, led by 2010 PopTech presenter and neuroscientist Adrian Owen, have just published a study and paper in the Journal of Neuroscience about how brain activity tied to humor can be used to understand emotions felt by vegetative state patients.
- 2010 Social Innovation Fellow Laura Stachel founded WE CARE Solar, which designs solar-powered systems to meet essential maternity care needs. Stachel was featured by Alexis Madrigal on The Atlantic website this week.
- The first ever Robot Film Festival will descend upon the Three Legged Dog Art and Technology Center in New York City July 16th-17th. The event was created by none other than roboticist and 2010 PopTech speaker Heather Knight.
- In other event news, collector of six word stories Larry Smith (PopTech 2010) announced that he's hosting a live show at the 92YTribeca entitled, "I'm only popular during summer camp": Six-Word Memoirs on Camp, Summer Stock, & the Family Vacation on July 25.
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