Tony DiSanto is President of Programming and Development at MTV in New York in the United States. In his TEDxAmsterdam talk he explores the way we tell stories in a digital age. DiSanto developed several reality shows and was executive producer of hit series Run’s House, The Hills, The City, Paris Hilton, My New BFF and Made. In 1998 DiSanto co-founded very popular shows like Total Request Live (“TRL”) with Carson Daly and Say What? Karaoke. DiSanto studied at the NYU Film School and worked as a director of music videos, shorts and commercials before he joined MTV in the nineties.
Karsu Dönmez (1990) is a pianist and singer from Amsterdam of Turkish descent. She is seen as a major talent in the field of jazz and is being called the Dutch Norah Jones. Young as she is, she has already performed in Carnegie Hall in New York twice, and played her repertoire of original music, easy listening, classical and ethnic music in the world reknowned Concertgebouw. She is also a regular performer on Dutch TV, and has recently signed up with AT Productions/Sony Music.
Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is the principal of the architecture firm BIG, based in Copenhagen. An alumnus of Rem Koolhaas’ OMA practice, Ingels takes a similar approach: experimenting with pure space, but never losing sight of the building as a solution to a real-world problem. In his talk, Bjarke Ingels rockets through photo/video-mingled stories of his eco-flashy designs. His buildings not only look like nature -- they act like nature: blocking the wind, collecting solar energy -- and creating stunning views.
His manifesto "Yes Is More" takes the form of a giant cartoon strip, 130 meters long, that reminds people to keep thinking big -- to see all our modern problems as challenges that inspire us.
“Holons and Holarchies, Complex Networks Unravelling the Origin of Knowledge and Culture“ was the title of the talk given by Prof Dr ir Nico Baken. In his talk, Baken explores the knowledge we can gain by observing networks and networks characteristics, knowing that all logical entities, holons, can be organized in networks. What if we transfer this knowledge and mechanisms from one network domain to another? Not sure what a holon is? You are one, and so are we – listen to this talk to get an idea what that means!
Professor Dr. ir. Nico Baken currently holds a part-time chair in the Telecommunications Department at Delft University of Technology alongside his primary position as Visionary and Senior Strategist within the department Corporate Strategy of the Royal KPN, the Dutch incumbent Telecom operator.
His main interests concern Broadband Networks and Services, dealing with a broad range of themes such as Sensors (RFID’s), Vehicle, Home and Personal Networks, Fiber To The Home, fixed-mobile convergence, operations, financial strategies e.g. the Real Option Analysis, managerial complexity and regulations.
Recently, he introduced new concepts such as trans-sector innovation, “Streetlight” and the Integral Home/City Architecture to enhance and accelerate ict-applications in and across sectors such as healthcare, energy, transport and education. This now resulted in the national Master Plan Smart Living. These concepts are realized in a co-operation between KPN, TNO, Industrial partners and several Universities, comprising a group of 12 PhD’s, the Dutch Research Delta and TRANS. In the latter, the concept of Smart Living constitutes the dominant research line.
We are in the middle of a golden era of exploration. Particle physicists are probing the smallest distances; cosmologists are looking at the very end of the universe. All are looking for answers to fundamental questions. What is matter made of? Are there extra dimensions? What is the nature of space and time? What can we learn from our past and future?
Robbert Dijkgraaf (1960) is Distinguished University Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Amsterdam. From 1 May 2008 he is President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). In his TEDxAmsterdam talk, he showed us how we now know how much we do not know.