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24 February 2004

Changing Connections

How will we communicate with our friends and loved ones twenty years from now? How can interface technologies prompt and mediate a sense of intimacy? How will new technologies help us to create new senses of kinship and relatedness? Where are the new digital divides and how can we bridge them?

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08.15 - 09.15 Registration
09.30 - 09.40 Welcome Address
Simon Jones, Managing Director, Media Lab Europe
09.40 - 10.30 Keynote 1
Peter Cochrane, ConceptLabs, BT
"Emotional Bits Matter"
10.30 - 11.00 Keynote 2
Stefan Agamanolis, Principal Research Scientist, Media Lab Europe
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 - 12.30 Media Lab Europe research group introductions
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.30 Open House

Attendance at OPEN_HOUSE events is strictly by invitation only.

Profile: Peter Cochrane
ConceptLabs, BT
Peter was Chief Technologist for BT from 1998 to 2000 and a prior Head of Research with 1000 people dedicated to charting the future of technology and society. Peter's BT career spanned 38 years from lineman to researcher and finally as a primary agent of change. He has also been a consultant to numerous international companies and organizations with his personal contributions spanning circuit, system and network design; software production, machine programming, switching and transmission; human interfaces; working environments; telemedicine, bit warfare, artificial intelligence; artificial life; adaptive systems and control; management system design; and work methods. He has held numerous academic posts including the Collier Chair for the Public Understanding of Science & Technology @ Bristol, visiting professorships at University College London and Essex and Kent Universities, he is also an international writer and broadcaster.
Peter founded a new style laboratory in Silicon Valley with a group from the Apple Advanced Technology Group in 1998 as part of his personal program of diversification. He is currently involved as a new business consultant and business angel with a wide range of companies across the planet. His single biggest involvement to date has been eBookers, now the biggest travel agent in Europe. Others include Pico-Second Pulse Labs (CO USA), SmartiFacts (India) and Shazam Entertainment (UK), Knowledge Vector (USA) et al.

"Emotional Bits Matter"

Does Hollywood know something that the Telcos don't? I should say so! Emotional bits matter, but the telecommunications industry insists on throwing them away. We could have hi-fi phones and video conferencing that works, but no, the industry is still working to a 100 year old paradigm that says bandwidth is expensive and distance matters. In this new century our telecommunications will become much more emotionally charged between us, and our machines, in fact, far more cerebral. Emotion is often regarded as a luxury and a weakness instead of an essential and a strength. In reality many of our decisions and judgements are almost 100% instinctive and emotionally based. So we travel to far flung places to see, to meet, to decide....