Peter-Paul Verbeek

Prof. Peter-Paul Verbeek, chair of the conference, is professor of philosophy of technology and chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente. Prof. Verbeek’s research focuses on the social and cultural roles of technology and the ethical and anthropological aspects of human-technology relations.


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Dr André Kuipers is a physician and ESA astronaut. He has flown two space missions, the first in 2004 and the second in 2009. Dr Kuipers is skilled in capturing the audience’s attention by drawing from his unique experience and know-how.  He is well known for advocating the use of technologies to preserve our planet.


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Prof. Kent Larson heads the Media Lab's Changing Places group. Since 1998, he has also directed the MIT House_n Research Consortium in the School of Architecture and Planning. His research currently focuses on four interrelated fields: responsive urban housing, new urban vehicles, ubiquitous technologies, and living lab experiments. 

Green, lean and smart: a bright future for city life (pdf, 15Mb)



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Prof. Jaap Seidell is a professor of nutrition and health and Director of the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Amsterdam.  He is an eminent researcher whose expertise spans diet, healthy nutrition and the causes and effects of overweight and obesity.

How technology will help us with choices and preparation of healthy food (pdf, 14Mb)


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Bryant Walker Smith is assistant professor at the University of South Carolina. He is an internationally recognised expert on the law of self-driving vehicles. Mr Smith gave the first-ever course on this subject and is regularly consulted by government, industry, and media. 

Autonomous driving: a leering dot on the horizon with a challenging pathway ahead (pdf, 10Mb)


foto Carlota Perez

Prof. Carlota Perez is a researcher, lecturer and international consultant, specialising in the social and economic impact of technological change and in the historically changing conditions for growth, development and competitiveness. She is well-known for her critical analyses and perspectives on future developments, using history as a guiding instrument.

Technological revolutions and the impact on society  (PDF, 0.5Mb)