The Structural Revolution
Kenneth Snelson did it. Bicycle wheels and satellites do it. A few new robots do it. We now think that each and every one of our cells do it. Tonight’s question: do our muscles and bones do it, too? There’s a scientific revolution brewing, and it’s coming from some unlikely sources. Unlike revolutions that deal with things very distant or very small, this one is literally happing right under our noses, elbows and knees. Are you ready for the revolution?
Phil Earnhardt commented
Presentations about science are relatively rare at Ignites. There are three questions about such presos: are they crackpot? are they boring? are they cool and engaging for the entire audience? I'll address each of those:
I present real science and provide references to papers published in journals. For those interested in chasing the links, I gen slide notes and provide the slide note link during my presentation. That's partially for my own sanity -- I don't have to worry about forgetting something. For those who don't want to get the notes, the pres. will stand on its own.
As the TED talks show, science is best when it's fun. I don't think anyone can definitively say when we're at the beginning of a scientific revolution, but it's a fun question. This one is neat because what this is challenging is far more accessible than particle physics or distant galaxies.
I prep to make sure the topic is fun and engaging. You can see a video of the last Ignite preso I made: "Robots Growing Up: The Future of Robotic Movement". You can see a video of that presentation at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bu63MW3Uf4M . The late Randy Paush's last lecture was a bit of head-fake; the last 4 slides of my presentation show my head-fake.
IMHO, a scientific revolution that we can all participate in is way cool.
E-mail me if you have any questions. Thanks for your consideration.