Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Talk: The Democratization of Innovation, A Conversation with Ray Kurzweil, October 14, 2009

Group Name Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, MA
Event Name Innovation Series October 2009
Event Description Networking and Registration: 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. Program: 6:15 - 8:00 p.m. Post-Event Reception: 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Event Contact Trish Fleming
Contact Phone 6172538240
Contact Email
Date Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Time 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Address MIT Stata Center
Kirsch Auditorium, 32-123
32 Vassar Street
Forum Members: $25
Non-Members: $40
MIT Staff (with valid ID): $25
Students from all universities are FREE with valid ID. Pre-registration encouraged.


Keynote presentation by one of the most prolific and diverse technology innovators followed by a deep conversation led by Sim Simeonov of FastIgnite

Impervious to the roller-coaster ride of the financial markets, the past decade has brought about an unprecedented acceleration in technology development and adoption combined with a rapid decline in the cost of anything touched by IT. Open-source, software-as-a-service, cloud computing, user-generated content, freemium and viral distribution models share one thing in common: they lower the cost of experimentation and make it cheaper and easier to create new things while at the same time destroying existing business models.

The democratization of innovation is a turbulent process. Rapid creation and violent destruction. Many winners and many losers, both big and small. Are there patterns of success in the chaos? Ray Kurzweil definitely thinks so. He has been on the bleeding edge of innovation for decades and his track record is something to admire. Ray was the principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.

Following Ray’s keynote presentation, we will go deep with Ray on topics ranging from forecasting technology shifts and timing markets to practical techniques for fostering market-focused innovation to understanding the different roles of the individual entrepreneur vs. the team in venture creation. Iconic entrepreneur and angel investor Bill Warner, founder of Avid Technology, Wildfire Communications, and Warner Research will join the conversation.


Ray Kurzweil, prolific inventor, entrepreneur, author and futurist
Conversation with:
Bill Warner, serial entrepreneur and investor
Simeon Simeonov, serial entrepreneur and investor

Program Organizers: David E. Brook, Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C., Kristen Collins, KMC Partners, Pearl Freier, Cambridge BioPartners, Simeon Simeonov, FastIgnite, Inc

Theater: BU Fringe Festival "Diventare," October 14

BU Fringe Festival [theater] presents: "Diventare"
Wednesday, October 14
7:30pm, free


Part of the Fringe Festival, "Willful Women: Worlds Apart." A play by Jenny
Rachel Weiner (CFA'09) and directed by Ellie Heyman (CFA'11). When Linda's
life fractures, she escapes to an imaginary underwater kingdom. As a
hurricane once again approaches, Linda must choose to retreat further or
face the storm. CFA's 2010 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
entry, "diventare" will be featured in this spring's InCite Arts Festival in
New York City. A production of the BU New Play Initiative. No reservations
necessary for this free event. Open to the public. Attend at CFA Theatre
Lab @ 855 Commonwealth Avenue.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Interview Possibility: New Law Protects College Students' Medical Insurance Coverage While Attending School, Oct 08-09

This week a new federal law will go into effect that
guarantees that college students across the country 
will no longer have to worry about whether they will be 
kicked off their parent’s health insurance plan if they 
need to take a medical leave of absence. Until now, 
insurers have been ableto limit or eliminate coverage if 
students dropped below full time status. This is just 
what the Morse family faced when their daughter, Michelle, 
was diagnosed with cancer. *

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*The new law, Michelle’s Law, takes effect this Friday, 
October 9th, oneyear after it was enacted. The law is 
named for Michelle Morse, who was a student at Plymouth 
State University in New Hampshire. After being diagnosed 
with colon cancer in 2004, she was forced to remain a 
full-time student while undergoing debilitating chemotherapy 
in order to stay on her family’s insurance. She ultimately 
lost her battle to the disease. *

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*On Thursday, October 8, from 3pm-6pm ET, and Friday, October 9, 
6am-10amET, AnnMarie Morse, mother, advocate and author of this 
Federal Law, and Daniel Smith, President of the American Cancer 
Action Network, are available for live interviews to discuss 
the following: 
  • How this law affects students and families across 
  • the country 
  • The importance of advocating change in the broader health care
    system to eliminate the many other gaps and cracks that cancer patients fall
    through, as did the Morse’s daughter 
  • How AnnMarie Morse changed the law
  • Why health care reform matters in the fight against cancer
  • *Please let us know if we can put you on the schedule for this important message for your listeners. * *Thank you!* *Carole Bennett* *703-671-0054*

Lecture: The Short American Century, 1941-2008: Contrasting Views of the Era of American Dominance, October 22

Summary The Short American Century, 1941-2008: Contrasting Views of the Era of American Dominance
Description The International History Institute hosts Professor Eugene McCarraher, Villanova University. This is the 3rd in a series of eight lectures.
Starts 6:00pm on Thursday, October 22nd 2009
Location The Castle, 225 Bay State Road
Topics Lecture
Running Time 90 minutes
Admission Free and open to the public
Phone 617-353-1165

Event: Market of the Living Dead, October 25

Market of the Living Dead

Sunday, Oct 25 10:00a to 4:00p
at SOWA Open Market, Boston, MA
Price: Free
Phone: (800) 403-8305
Age Suitability: All Ages
As another successful season of the Sowa Open Market draws to a close, we will be holding our 6th annual "Market of the Living Dead" on October 25h, 2009. In keeping with tradition, we will hold our Vendor / Customer Costume Contest and the Pumpkin Carving Contest, as well as fun games, live music, and lots of great prizes being given out during the market.
The market will have over hundred vendors from the Boston area selling handmade designs and crafts, along with the return of the NYC handmade group {the New New}.
The Costume Contest is now in it's fifth year, and we will be keeping up our reputation as being the most horrifying zombies / artisans on Harrison Ave. We highly encourage shoppers to come dressed up - because if you don't come as a zombie, we guarantee you'll leave as one.
Costume Contest Prizes
1st Prize - 250.00
2nd Prize - 150.00
3rd Prize - 75.00
As always, the market will offer the usual ever-changing group of artisans, free admission, a hip convenient location and plenty of parking. We give Boston a unique center to network while shopping for healthy edibles, fragrant blooms, DIY crafts and designer wares from established artisans including jewelry, handbags, accessories, sculpture, and clothing along with affordable mid-century modern furniture, antiques and collectibles It's definitely a trip worth making before we close for the season.

Concert: Playing for the Planet - World Music to fight global climate change, October 24

Playing for the Planet - World Music to fight global climate change 
Saturday, Oct 24 6:30p to 10:30p
at First Church in Cambridge, Cambridge, MA
Price: $20 regular, $15 students/seniors
Phone: (781) 396-0734
Age Suitability: All Ages
Six performers of international music and dance: Balkan and European music (members of Libana); contemporary Indian dance (Aparna Sindhoor Dance Theater); Japanese music for koto and shakuhachi (Ayakano Cathleen Read & Elizabeth Reian Bennett); Hindustani vocals (Warren Senders); middle-Eastern music (Beth Bahia Cohen); drumming and dance of Ghana (The Agbekor Drum & Dance Society). Proceeds to benefit the environmental organization Part of International Climate Change Awareness Day.

Concert: Quiet Music II, October 09

Q U I E T   M U S I C   II

New England Phonographer’s Union
das kleine Field Recordings Festival – in conjunction with the festival in Berlin

Rick Breault, Michael Bullock, Derek Hoffend, Ernst Karel, Jed Speare, Asher Thal-Nir 

Friday, October 9, 2009
suggested donation $5-$10

at Thompson Design Group
35 Channel Center St., corner

The New England Phonographers Union is a fluid congregation of sound artists and field recordists who work with untreated and unprocessed recordings of the rich and varied sounds around them. Through the exploration and documentation of urban and rural public spaces, sound objects and events, the Union captures auditory phenomena otherwise lost, and re-interpret the particularity of individual places as a newly idealized sonic environment. Within a focused listening environment the members present their recordings, both individually and as collaborative improvisations. The project is modeled after the Seattle Phonographers Union, which was founded in 2002 and has spawned like-minded groups in New York, Chicago, London, and Montreal.
Tonight’s performance takes place in parallel with the das kleine Field Recordings Festival in Berlin. Its website is

Lecture: Presidential Lecture on Clean Energy and Sustainability at Boston Univ., November 04

You are cordially invited to a Boston University Presidential Lecture on
Clean Energy and Sustainability
Nov 4, 2009
4:00 pm - 5:15 PM
Photonics Building Room 206 Auditorium, 8 Saint Mary's Street, Brookline, MA

Steve Fludder, Vice President, ecomagination, GE

Green is Green: ecomagination at GE

From Wall Street to Main Street and from Boston to Beijing, how is GE leading society and business to a prosperous, greener future? Ecomagination is GE's business strategy driving innovation and growth of profitableenvironmental solutions. GE has brought to market over 80 innovative ecomagination solutions with a simple proposition: Green is Green. Usingexamples of environmental challenges and solutions from aviation to healthcare, from clean energy to residential homes, Fludder will discuss how GE is helping customers and society embrace a greener, prosperous future.

Steven Fludder, in October 2008, became head of GE¹s heralded ecomagination initiative. The 25-year GE veteran leads this company-wide business strategy, which has made GE a world leader in providing profitable environmental solutions in a world where the environment and the economy have become inextricably connected. Ecomagination represented nine percentof GE's total revenue in 2008 and grew, that year, by 21 percent. Among the milestones of the initiative are innovative programs in carbon mitigation, water resources, and energy efficiency. Fludder brings to the assignment years of international experience.

Fludder led GE businesses based in Hong Kong, Jakarta, Dubai, Shanghai and Beijing, and in several posts with Asia and world-wide responsibilities. Fludder has expertise across a wide range of GE businesses. He's held leadership posts, with growing responsibilities, in GE Aircraft Engines, in GE Energy and GE Oil and Gas, and most recently, as vice president of sales, at GE Water and Process Technologies. He was appointed a GE company officer in 2006. His education includes a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as Bachelor¹s degrees from both Providence College and Columbia University.

Hosted by the Boston University Clean Energy and Environmental Sustainability Initiative: a cross-university collaboration focused on the challenge of balancing energy needs with environmental and economic sustainability through research and academic activities in technology, policy, climate science, market economics, and systems integration. For more information or to subscribe to our mailing lists, please visit us at

The BU Presidential lectures provide a forum to learn from leaders about best practices, leading edge research, and policy and market trends in the fields of clean technology and energy sustainability. Drawing a diverse audience from academia, industry, venture and government, these lectures
provide a catalyst for discussion around technology, development, and research requirements that drive market growth and innovation in this crucial sector.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Event: A Bold Fresh Look at the Future of News, October 23

On Friday, October 23rd, the College of Communication will be presenting its Distinguished Alumni Awards. After honoring several of the school’s notable graduates, we will then host a conversation between former NBC News Executive Vice President Bill Wheatley [COM ‘70] and news commentator Bill O’Reilly [COM ‘75] entitled “A Bold Fresh Look at the Future of News.”

This free event will be held in the Metcalf Ballroom of the George Sherman Union starting at 6 PM with cocktails and hors d’oeurves. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by October 16th at or call 617.353.5017.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Events: 2009 Mass Mystery Weekend, October 16, 17, 18

Mass UFO Show

Friday, Oct 16 7:00p
at Hibernian Hall, Watertown, MA
Price: 25.00
Phone: (339) 368-1971
Event: Mass UFO Show
Date: Friday, October 16th, 2009 at 7:00PM
Where: Hibernian Hall - Watertown, MA
Admission: $25.00


Peter Robbins "The Bentwaters Incident"
Nick Redfern "Cosmic UFO Crashes"
John Horrigan "Los Angeles Air Raid"

Other attractions include: Black Helicopters, Mystery Airship of 1909 100th Anniversary, Never-before-seen Betty Hill interview.

Mass Monster Mash

Saturday, Oct 17 5:00p
at Hibernian Hall, Watertown, MA
Price: 25.00
Phone: (339) 368-1971
Age Suitability: Teens and up
Event: Mass Monster Mash
Date: Saturday, October 17th, 2009 at 5:00 PM
Where: Hibernian Hall - Watertown, MA
Admission: $25.00


Loren Coleman "Tom Slick and the Search for Yeti"
Nick Redfern "El Chupacabra"
Jeff Belanger "Haunted White House"
Christopher Balzano "The Bridgewater Triangle"

Other attractions include: "Loch Ness Monster Surgeon's Photo 75th Anniversary", the "New Jersey Devil 100th Anniversary" and the "Bridgewater Bigfoot Cast"

Mass Mystery Bus Tour
Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Starting at 2 p.m.

Get on board the Mass Mystery Bus Tour to spooky places within the Bridgewater Triangle on Sunday, October 18th, 2009 at 2:00 PM. Visit areas where alleged paranormal activity such as hauntings, odd creatures and UFO sightings occur frequently. Trivia, music, snacks, foliage and fun !
Bus tour departs from Raynham Park in Raynham, MA. More details on the trip @ the MMW blog
Less than 25 seats available and going fast ! Get your tickets, before it's too late !!
Tickets : $35.00

Conference: Presidency and the Nuclear Age, JFK Library, October 12

Presidency and the Nuclear Age

MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2009 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

This one-day conference – sponsored by the nation’s 13 Presidential Libraries – will examine how the Presidency and U.S. foreign policy have been reshaped by the advent, use and spread of nuclear weapons.  Morning sessions are The Race to Build the Bomb and the Decision to Use it (9:00 to 10:25 a.m.) featuring Richard Rhodes, Wilson D. Miscamble and Jennet Conant; and, Cuban Missile Crisis and the First Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (10:50 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) featuringTed Sorensen, Carl Kaysen and Graham Allison. Afternoon sessions are The Cold War and the Nuclear Arms Race (1:20 to 2:30 p.m.) featuring Kenneth Adelman, Thomas Graham, Jr., Richard Rhodes, Nicholas Thompson and Marvin Kalb; and, Nuclear Weapons, Terrorism and the Presidency (2:45 to 4:00 p.m.) with Graham Allison, Stephen Bosworth, Nicholas BurnsLeslie Gelb and Martha Raddatz. 

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125

October Colloquia at MIT's Comparative Media Studies

Communications Forum: Race, Politics, and American Media
Juan Williams in conversation with Phillip Thompson and David Thorburn
The election of an African-American president in November 2008 has been hailed as a transforming event. But has Obama's ascension transformed anything? Many people’s answer to that question changed this summer when a famous Harvard professor was arrested at his home in Cambridge. Are the harsh realities of race and class in the U.S. clearer now or murkier, following the media tsunami of Gatesgate? And has this polarizing event given greater visibility to racial minorities in the media's coverage of politics? How are race issues and racial politics covered in our national media, and what are the implications of the demise of major city newspapers for the coverage of race and politics?
Juan Williams of NPR and Fox News will discuss these and related questions in a candid conversation with Phillip Thompson, associate professor of urban politics in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, and David Thorburn, Professor of Literature and Director of the MIT Communications Forum. This forum is the first of two this term in our ongoing civic media series, a collaboration of the Communications Forum and the Media Lab’s Center for Future Civic Media.
Political Remix Video: A Participatory Post-Modern Critique of Popular Culture

Elisa Kreisinger
Remixers are on the front lines of the battle between new media technologies and impeding copyright laws that threaten to obstruct the public discursive space for critiquing popular culture. These spaces are abundant with meticulously crafted and articulate video remixes that deconstruct social myths, challenge dominant media messages and form powerful arguments reflecting the participatory nature of both pop and remix cultures. We’ll deconstruct these videos, honor the history of female fan vidders and the influences of African-American hip-hop cultures and debate the remix's ability to effect actual change.
Elisa Kreisinger is a video remix artist, hacktivst and writer. She co-edits the blog,, teaches new media to Cambridge teens and is currently working on her first screenplay.

10.22.09 | 5-7 PM | 4-231

Transatlantic Acousmatics
John Picker
In 1897, the year The Invisible Man was published, Marconi filed his patent and established the first station for wireless telegraphy, what would become radio. H.G. Wells's novel reads as if it were an instruction manual for the uses and abuses of the nascent radio voice. Picker will begin to argue that, in conjunction with the racist basis of much fin-de-siecle anxiety, the acousmatic status of Wells's protagonist allows for a conspicuous if incoherent racial performance. This performance tests the limits of Wells's sympathetic imagination even as it further amplifies the voice of Griffin, the Invisible Man. Picker begins with Wells's story and goes on to show how, when one attends to questions of voice and sound technologies in several different media, the racial and ethnic dimensions that become audible forge invisible connections among modes of art that we have been taught to keep distinct. Tracing a transatlantic route from fiction to radio and sound film back to fiction, this approach offers a new way to characterize a crucial period of change from the late Victorian to the modern world.
John Picker is Visiting Associate Professor of Literature at MIT, where he arrived this fall after several years as Associate Professor of English at Harvard. He is the author of Victorian Soundscapes and has ongoing interests in sound studies, media history, and the literature and culture of the Victorian era. His many articles and book chapters include, most recently, an essay on "Yankee Doodle" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" in A New Literary History of America, edited by Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors and out this September from Harvard University Press.
Cinematic Games
Richard Rouse
Many people talk about "cinematic" games, but what does this really mean? Over their century of existence, films have been using a range of techniques to create specific emotional responses in their audience. Instead of simply using more cut-scenes, better script writers, or making more heavily scripted game experiences, game designers can look to film techniques as an inspiration for new techniques that accentuate what games do well. This lecture will present film clips from a number of classic movies, analyze how they work from a cinematic standpoint, and then suggest ways these techniques can be used in gameplay to create even more stimulating experiences for gamers, including examples from games that have successfully bridged the gap.
Richard Rouse III is a game designer and writer, best known for The Suffering horror games and his bookGame Design: Theory & Practice. He is currently the Lead Single Player Designer on the story-driven FPS Homefront at Kaos Studios in New York City.

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