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Quantum to Cosmos: Ideas for the Future festival attracted a vast new audience of all ages and from all walks of life and inspired a fascination with science and the power of theoretical physics. We invite you to watch all lectures, discussions, and "The Agenda with Steve Paikin" sessions on-demand. Click the 'Play' button on the image to the left of the event listing.

Lectures in this series are sponsored by:
KPMG


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Quantum to Cosmos
Katherine Freese, Leo Kadanoff, Lawrence Krauss, Neil Turok, Sean M. Carroll, Anton Zeilinger, Gino Segrè, Andrew White, David Tong
Thursday Oct 15, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

9 physicists discuss what lies ahead in physics, from the Quantum to the Cosmos. Drs. White and Zeilinger appear courtesy of Institute for Quantum Computing.

Theme: Cosmos, Quantum

 
Quantifying Goethe
Gino Segrè, Penderecki String Quartet, Roman Borys, David Earle
Friday Oct 16, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

Performers: Penderecki String Quartet, Roman Borys, cello, Dancetheatre David Earl Quantifying Goethe presents an evening of music examining the influence of Wolfgang von Goethe on literature, music, and science. The program features the world premiere of award-winning composer Kotoka Suzuki s Quantum Quartet for the Penderecki String Quartet, plus interactive video, dancers, and a quantum computer!

Theme: Quantum, Cosmos, Ideas For The Future

 
Lecture Series presented by KPMG - Everyday Uses for Quantum Processors
David Cory
Saturday Oct 17, 2009 @ 11:00 am

Quantum computers hold the promise to revolutionize the way we secure information, compute and understand the quantum world. Although general-purpose quantum computers appear to be a long way off, we do have good test-beds of small quantum processors. One of the most versatile quantum test-beds is nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR): a version of which is familiar to many in the guise of the medical imaging modality, MRI. In fact NMR has broad importance to society: it is used in drug discovery, in oil exploration and to monitor the processing of cheese and chocolate. We will introduce NMR, show how it helps us understand quantum computing and we will look at how concepts based on quantum computing can improve NMR applications.

Theme: Quantum, Ideas For The Future

 
9 Billion People + 1 Planet = ?
Andrew Revkin, Vaclav Smil
Saturday Oct 17, 2009 @ 1:00 pm
This lecture is sponsored by Burgundy Asset Management Ltd.

This discussion explores the promise and perils of thenext 50 years. Can humanity, heading toward a population of approximatley 9 billion, advance economically without overheating the planet? Can food and water supplies be sustained without erasing what's left of wild nature?

Theme: Ideas For The Future

 
PI: Past, Present, and Future
Neil Turok
Saturday Oct 17, 2009 @ 4:00 pm

This 10th anniversary presentation with PI's Director, and many of the Institute's public and private partners will recap the past ten years of activity at Perimeter, will examine links between theoretical physics and innovation and will preview new, exciting initiatives to come from Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Note: there is no on-site waiting line for this event.

Theme: Ideas For The Future

 
Lecture Series presented by KPMG - The Origin of the Universe and the Arrow of Time
Sean M. Carroll
Saturday Oct 17, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

One of the most obvious facts about the universe is that the past is different from the future. We can turn an egg into an omelet, but can't turn an omelet into an egg. Physicists have codified this difference into the Second Law of Thermodynamics: the entropy of a closed system always increases with time. But why? The ultimate explanation is to be found in cosmology: special conditions in the early universe are responsible for the arrow of time. This talk will be about the nature of time, the origin of entropy, and how what happened before the Big Bang may be responsible for the arrow of time we observe today.

Theme: Cosmos

 
Lecture Series presented by KPMG - Does Reality Have a Genetic Basis?
S. James Gates Jr.
Sunday Oct 18, 2009 @ 11:00 am

The ultimate construction, as a basis for fundamental theoretical physics is an imperfectly understood structure called "M-Theory" or "Superstring/M-Theory" (SSMT). In a quest to create a rigorous mathematical background for SSMT, new mathematical structures called "Adinkras" have been proposed as the appropriate objects to study. This study has led to the possibility that there exist a "DNA of Reality" which will be presented in this talk.

Theme: Quantum

 
Lecture Series presented by KPMG - The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Invent it Yourself!
Peter Diamandis
Sunday Oct 18, 2009 @ 1:00 pm
This event is sponsored by Bennett Jones LLP.

Based on the success of the Ansari X PRIZE (which stimulated the creation of billion-dollar private spaceflight industry) and more recently the launch of the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE and the $10M Progressive Automotive X PRIZE, this talk explains how to incentivize breakthroughs. Traditional thinking, risk-aversion and incrementalism will cause the demise of companies unable to cope with the coming decades of disruptive innovation, while the rapid growth of key exponential technologies (Nano, Info, Bio) are empowering individuals and companies to do what only governments were able to achieve in past decades. Such technologies will drive a period of significant disruption and opportunity.

Theme: Ideas For The Future, Cosmos

 
Harnessing Quantum Physics
Michele Mosca, Avi Wigderson, Daniel Gottesman, Peter Shor, Dorit Aharonov, Ignacio Cirac
Sunday Oct 18, 2009 @ 4:00 pm

This panel will explore some of the deepest questions facing those who would harness the power of quantum mechanics in new quantum technologies: What are the newest and most interesting discoveries researchers have made about quantum information? What progress has been made in recent years towards experimentally harnessing quantum devices for quantum computation? What are the main motivations for building quantum information processing technologies? Drs. Aharonov and Shor appear courtesy of Institute for Quantum Computing.

Theme: Quantum

 
State of the Universes
Jennifer Ouellette, Katherine Freese, Neil Turok, Lawrence Krauss
Sunday Oct 18, 2009 @ 6:00 pm
This event is sponsored by Bennett Jones LLP.

What do we really know about the universe? What mysteries are today's top cosmologists investigating? Join a discussion with leading cosmologists to hear fresh perspectives on some of the deepest questions in modern science: What is the mysterious dark matter that fills intergalactic space? Was there another universe before the big bang, and what will happen to ours in the distant future?

Theme: Cosmos

 
Seeing Science Through Fiction
Lee Smolin, Jaron Lanier, Neal Stephenson
Sunday Oct 18, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

You've heard the physicists speculate on parallel universes, space travel, and time travel. Now come and hear a physicist interview the real experts in these subjects: a bestselling science fiction writer and pioneer of virtual reality discuss what you get when you look at science through fiction.

Theme: Ideas For The Future, Quantum, Cosmos

 
Lecture Series presented by KPMG - Life, the Universe and Nothing: Life, and Science, in an Ever Expanding Universe
Lawrence Krauss
Monday Oct 19, 2009 @ 4:00 pm
This lecture is sponsored by Scotiabank.

Over the last decade our picture of the universe has changed almost as much as it had in the preceding century. As a result, our picture of the future, both of the universe, and life within it, has dramatically altered as well. This talk will begin by reviewing the recent revolutionary developments in cosmology, and then address several fascinating questions that have arisen as a result of our discovery that the dominant energy of the universe resides in empty space: Can life be eternal in an eternally expanding universe,? Are the laws of physics tailored for the existence of life? What will science in the far future tell us about the universe?

Theme: Ideas For The Future, Cosmos

 
The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Are We Bound for Space?
Steve Paikin, Chris Hadfield, Robert Richards, Donna Shirley, Lawrence Krauss, Karl Schroeder
Monday Oct 19, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

Commitment to space travel has ebbed and flowed. Physicist Stephen Hawking believes the way to ensure human survival is to continue space exploration. Critics of space travel argue that Planet Earth is in dire need of our attention and resources right now. Is there a trade-off between going to space and fighting climate change, overpopulation and other earthly concerns? Be part of the live studio audience for this special edition of TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin.

Theme: Ideas For The Future, Cosmos

 
Lecture Series presented by KPMG - Programming Bits and Atoms
Neil Gershenfeld
Tuesday Oct 20, 2009 @ 4:00 pm

Computer science has served to isolate programs and programmers from knowledge of the mechanisms used to manipulate information, however this fiction is increasingly hard to maintain as devices scale down in size and systems scale up in complexity. This talk will explore the consequences of exposing rather than hiding this underlying physical reality, in areas including logic automata, interdevice internetworking, intelligent infrastructure, digital fabrication and programmable matter. Breaking down these boundaries between bits and atoms can help improve not just the performance but also the relevance of information technologies for some of our greatest technological challenges and opportunities.

Theme: Ideas For The Future, Cosmos

 
The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Wired 24/7?
Neil Gershenfeld, Raymond Laflamme, Jaron Lanier, Neal Stephenson, Steve Paikin, Tara Hunt
Tuesday Oct 20, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

In our lifetime we have seen a broad transformation in the way we interact with technology in our daily lives. And further developments in technology promise a continued impact. Are we comfortable living in a world that never shuts off? How has this technology affected us, our thinking, our relationships and the way our work works? Is technological progress always for the better? Be part of the live studio audience for this special edition of TVO's Agenda with Steve Paikin.

Theme: Cosmos, Ideas For The Future

 
Your Voice: Is Technology Dumbing Down Our Kids?
Cheryl Jackson, Mike Dover, Alison Armstrong, Julie Mueller
Wednesday Oct 21, 2009 @ 2:30 pm

With studies suggesting the vocabularies of young people today are shrinking and some university professors claiming the essay is hardly worth assigning anymore due to shortened attention spans, some wonder whether technology has done more harm to our kids than good. Our panel of experts will debate the issue.

Theme: Ideas For The Future

 
Lecture Series presented by KPMG- Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species
Sean B. Carroll
Wednesday Oct 21, 2009 @ 4:00 pm

The search for the origins of species has entailed a series of great adventures over the past 200 years. This talk will chronicle the exploits of a group of explorers who walked where no one had walked, saw what no one had seen, and thought what no one else had thought. Their achievements sparked a revolution that changed, profoundly and forever, our perception of the living world and our place within it.

Theme: Ideas For The Future

 
The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Whose DNA is it?
Margaret Somerville, Mark Gerstein, Steve Paikin, Kari Stefansson, Sean B. Carroll
Wednesday Oct 21, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

Are we ready to come face to face with our innermost genetic secrets? Will this knowledge help us make wise choices? Can we trust ourselves and others with safeguarding this most potent knowledge? Be part of the live studio audience for this special edition of TVO's Agenda with Steve Paikin.

Theme: Ideas For The Future

 
Lecture Series presented by KPMG - Copyright versus Universal Access to All Human Knowledge and Groups Without Cost: the state of play in the global copyfight
Cory Doctorow
Thursday Oct 22, 2009 @ 4:00 pm
This lecture is sponsored by Primal Fusion Inc.

The Internet promises the realization of two of humanity's noblest dreams: universal access to all human knowledge and the capacity to form and coordinate groups at virtually no cost. As great as this sounds, it's bad news for certain kinds of top-heavy organizations and the kinds of companies that got rich on exclusion from information. From the UN to shady back-room "plurilateral" treaty negotiations, from the blogosphere to staid standards-committees, the fight over the future rages, with diplomacy and activism at its core.

Theme: Ideas For The Future

 
The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Robotics Revolution and the Future of Evolution
Hod Lipson, Eliezer Yudkowsky, Michael Belfiore, Cory Doctorow, Steve Paikin
Thursday Oct 22, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

How will robotics change us and our lives? Will AI driven robots put us on and accelerated evolutionary path? Why would we want a more heavily robotized society? Do we have choice in the matter? Be part of the live studio audience for this special edition of TVO's Agenda with Steve Paikin.

Theme: Ideas For The Future

 
Lecture Series presented by KPMG - Sense from Chaos: Controlling the Dynamic Networks of the Brain
Larry Abbott
Friday Oct 23, 2009 @ 4:00 pm

Activity recorded from neurons in the brain often looks random or chaotic. How do we make sense of the world and produce precisely controlled responses when so much of the activity in our brains is chaotic? This talk will show how brain circuits can switch between chaotic and well-controlled patterns of activity, illustrating these points with computer demonstrations of network models. This talk will also discuss how chaotic activity may be useful for a healthy brain function and demonstrate what goes wrong when activity is insufficiently chaotic.

Theme: Cosmos, Quantum, Ideas For The Future

 
The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Do We Still Believe in Science?
Neil Turok, Natalie Angier, Michael Griffin, Nadia El-Awady, Stewart Brand, Steve Paikin, Mike Lazaridis
Friday Oct 23, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

From the Enlightenment onward, science gained our trust and we followed its logic readily. But in an increasingly complex and skeptical world, will advancements in genetics, Artificial Intelligence, and countless other endeavours keep us believing, or will we lose the taste for a life shaped by science and technology? Be part of the live studio audience for this special edition of TVO's Agenda with Steve Paikin.

Theme: Ideas For The Future

 
Lecture Series presented by KPMG - Quantum Physics in Sixty Minutes
Damian Pope
Saturday Oct 24, 2009 @ 11:00 am

Quantum Physics. Along with neuroscience and rocket science, it has a reputation of being abstract, inpenetrable and horrendously complicated. Even Einstein himself struggled to get his head around it. But, there’s hope! Using references from movies, books and art, this presentation will guide you through the quantum world and give an overview of science’s best theory of the subatomic world to date. Prepare yourself for a mind-bending journey.

Theme: Ideas For The Future, Quantum

 
Lecture Series presented by KPMG- Mathematical Art and Artistic Mathematicians
Craig Kaplan
Saturday Oct 24, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

From prehistoric times onward, people have always found ways to incorporate mathematical thinking into art. Today, we have sophisticated mathematical machinery that we can use both to understand the rules that underlie historical patterns and to describe new designs of great beauty and originality. Better yet, computers can serve as a powerful artistic tool, helping make these mathematical visions a reality. This talk will explore some of the exciting contemporary work that lies in the intersection of mathematics and art. We will survey the creations of artists and mathematicians, working alone or in collaboration.

Theme: Ideas For The Future

 
Lecture Series presented by KPMG - Whole Earth Discipline
Stewart Brand
Saturday Oct 24, 2009 @ 4:00 pm

Three profound transformations are under way on Earth right now. Climate change is real and is pushing us toward managing the planet as a whole. Urbanization—half the world’s population now lives in cities, and eighty percent will by midcentury—is altering humanity’s land impact and wealth. And biotechnology is becoming the world’s dominant engineering tool. In light of these changes, environmentalists are going to have to reverse some longheld opinions and embrace tools that they have traditionally distrusted. Only a radical rethinking of traditional green pieties will allow us to forestall the cataclysmic deterioration of the earth’s resources.

Theme: Ideas For The Future

 
Worlds Beyond Earth
Ivan Semeniuk, Ralf Gellert, John Grant, Sabine Stanley
Saturday Oct 24, 2009 @ 6:00 pm

It has taken thousands of generations and countless migrations to explore our own small planet. Now, in less than one lifetime, our robot surrogates have ventured to nearly every significant object in the solar system. Vast new territories and landscapes have opened up before our eyes. The experience has transformed the way we understand our species and its place in the universe. It may yet uncover alien life. Join scientists in a discussion of what we are learning today from worlds beyond Earth and find out where this effort is likely to lead us next.

Theme: Cosmos

 
Communicating Science in the 21st Century
Kathryn O'Hara, Ivan Semeniuk, Nadia El-Awady, Véronique Morin, Chad Orzel
Saturday Oct 24, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

Science journalism is the essential glue connecting science to society. Looking around the world, how is science journalism changing? Is science journalism even essential to good science communication? How else might scientists come to understand the relationship between new technologies and the products of research and the public who will ultimately use them?

Theme: Ideas For The Future

 
Lecture Series presented by KPMG - The Physics of Innovation
Richard Epp
Sunday Oct 25, 2009 @ 11:00 am

Where does technology come from? Physics! Exploring basic mysteries such as "What is light?", "How can atoms exist?", and "What is space and time?" led to computers, wireless communication, mp3 players, lasers, medical imaging - indeed, virtually every "high tech" device on the planet. Join us in a celebration of the immense power of theoretical physics to transform our world for the betterment of humanity, and learn how current theoretical explorations may hold potential for even more fantastic innovations in the future.

Theme: Ideas For The Future, Cosmos, Quantum

 
Lecture Series presented by KPMG - Quantum Foundations: From Plato's Cave to Bertlmann's Socks
Robert Spekkens
Sunday Oct 25, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

The mysteries of quantum theory run deep. Despite 80 years of research, there is still no consensus on its interpretation. This talk will explore some of the important issues in the foundations of quantum theory, from the idea that we have only a limited knowledge of a deeper reality, like the prisoner in Plato’s cave who sees only the shadows of objects and never the objects themselves, to John Bell’s famous discovery of the difference between quantum correlations and Dr. Bertlmann’s socks, namely, that whereas the mismatched colours of the doctor’s socks can be attributed to a decision at the sock drawer that morning, certain quantum correlations cannot be explained by a common cause, at least not without doing violence to some cherished principles of physics, such as the fact that causes cannot travel faster than the speed of light.

Theme: Quantum

 
Lecture Series presented by KPMG - Creating Spacetime
Fotini Markopoulou
Sunday Oct 25, 2009 @ 4:00 pm

Our understanding of the physical world at the most fundamental level is based on two theories: quantum theory and general relativity. They are impressively successful when each is considered on its own, but in situations where both play a role, we are reduced to puzzles and absurdity. To the great frustration of researchers, candidate theories of quantum gravity produce more puzzles than answers. We shall tour of some of the problems, focusing on the role of spacetime and causality. We will consider the possibility that spacetime did not always exist but is instead emergent and explore how one can create a spacetime from a world with no notion of "here" and "there".

Theme: Cosmos, Quantum

 
Q2C Wrap - Up
Wilson da Silva, Raymond Laflamme, Neil Turok
Sunday Oct 25, 2009 @ 6:00 pm

In this closing session, festival panelists will look back over the preceding ten days to review what we've learned about the Quantum, the Cosmos, and Ideas for the Future.

Theme: Cosmos, Ideas For The Future, Quantum

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