Author Archives: Matt

In 2002 I started contributing to Open Source software, and life has just gotten better from there. Co-founder of WordPress, founder Automattic.

Amory Lovins: Rocky Mountain Institute

Going to talk about climate change, energy, and the spread of nuclear weapons. “To be truly radical is to make hope possible, not despair convincing.” — Raymond Williams “Everything works out alright in the end, if it’s not going right then it’s not the end yet.” — ? Some of the largest companies in the […]

Automotive X Prize and Airship Ventures

There were three 5-minute pitches from people competiting for the automotive X Prize, and one from Airship Ventures. Brief summaries follow: Jack McCornack. This thing is called a low-cost, it’s a high school auto version of a Lotus 7. It weighs about half as much out of a Miata, we thought it through as something […]

Peter Diamandis

The things we need to expand the human race are in abundant supply in space. Let me speak about what drives us to make those things happen. Eugene Cernan, the last human on the moon as he’s jumping three feet up in the air, he said “Nothing… NOTHING is impossible” if we can do that. […]

David Macaulay, The Way We Work

I want to talk a bit about process. I’m not just explaining what I’ve learned about the body but how I went about discovering it. I realized at the age of 54 or 55 that I knew nothing about my body or the way it worked. I have young kids and they wear me out, […]

Dana Gluckstein

This is my trusted Hasselblad camera, that I’ve used since I was 23 or 24. I got my first job photographing factory workers for a computer company called Quantum. You must all be wondering why a Jewish girl from a Republican tribe in Los Angeles found her way to Africa. I am not going to […]

Mark Moffett

I’m a jungle guy, I don’t know how to use this electrical stuff sometimes. 1 frog can kill 500 people. I licked it on Conan O’brian. Today I’m going to talk about ants, I grew up looking at ants, I just keep looking. This is a bulldog ant, and can leap up and catch honeybees […]

Fresh Approaches Finished

We just wrapped up the “Fresh Approaches” part of the afternoon, we’ll be back with “Evolution & Revolution” at 5:30 PM PST, including Mark Moffett, Frans Lanting, Dana Gluckstein, David Macaulay, and Cameron Carpenter.

In appreciation: George Carlin

Mike Hawley wanted to honor three wordsmiths, one per day, in the conference that passed away this year. The first today is George Carlin. Mike chose to highlight two vignettes of George’s work, the first the intro to the famous 7 words sketch, which you can watch here but for obvious reasons I wouldn’t recommend […]

Matt Harding

Matt Harding is my nemesis, for taking the #1 search result spot for “matt” on Google. (I held the spot from 2003–2008.) But just take a look at some of his videos and you’ll see why: New York Times declared it almost a perfect piece of internet art. If you Google for “matt” there’s 174 […]

Miru Kim

[Miru Kim’s site] I was raised in Soeoul Korea, and I moved to NYC to attend college. I was pre-med and I thought I’d become a surgeon because I was interested in anatomy and dissecting animals really piqued my curiosity. At the same time I fell in love with NYC and started to realize that […]