Jeff Jonas has been Chief Scientist, IBM Entity Analytics Group and an IBM Distinguished Engineer since 2005. He designs next generation technology which makes organizations smarter, more efficient and highly competitive. In 1984, Jonas founded Systems Research & Development (SRD) and lead it through the design and development of a number of unique systems including technology used by the Las Vegas gaming industry and America’s national security and counterterrorism.Jeff Jonas’s blog
Nigel Shadbolt is Professor of Artificial Intelligence at Southhampton University, and Adviser to the British government on making information from public service organisations widely available online. He was one of the originators of the interdisciplinary field of Web Science and is a Director of the Web Science Trust, and of the Web Foundation: both organisations have a common commitment to advance our understanding of the Web and promote the Web's positive impact on society
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is a ground breaking electronic artist whose inventive use of surveillance technology turns Big Brother into performance art. His main interest is in creating platforms for public participation, by perverting technologies such as robotics, computerized surveillance or telematic networks. Inspired by phantasmagoria, carnival and animatronics, his light and shadow works are “antimonuments for alien agency”.
SIXTY SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD
In our Sixty Second Idea To Improve The World, Jeff Jonas wants to ration the use of car horns. Automobile horns are obnoxious, and a form of noise pollution. So you should only get a few free honks a month and after that there is a surcharge to use the horn. As all new cars will soon be connected to the net, it would be cheap and easy to put a sensor on horns, counting each and every time you toot the thing. Then Big Brother in the cybersky would use these statistics to charge people accordingly. This would make the world a better place because it will reduce noise pollution and likely reduce the number of road rage incidence as there will be fewer provocations.
In Next Week’s Programme:
The dividing line between vice and virtue: should we re-examine it in the light of our rapidly changing times? With psychologist Simon Laham, philosopher Emrys Westacott and publisher Urvashi Butalia.