The Third Digital Revolution: From Bits to Atoms

RTI Fellow Program's Distinguished Lecture Series welcomes Neil Gershenfeld

May 1, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

The RTI Fellow Program is pleased to host MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld as part of its 2018 Distinguished Lecture Series. Gershenfeld will discuss what he describes in his recently published book as the “Third Digital Revolution: bringing the programmability of the digital world into the physical world." Please register to attend by April 27, 2018, 12:00 p.m. EST.

Far from being a passing fad, Gershenfeld says the third digital revolution will have an even greater impact on the economy and society than the ones that preceded it, because it’s happening out here where we live. Gershenfeld will present a research roadmap leading up to Star Trek–style replicators, and he will describe how digital fabrication is already empowering individuals and communities to produce what they consume, challenging fundamental assumptions about the nature of work and money.

About Mr. Gershenfeld

Neil Gershenfeld is the director of the Center for Bits and Atoms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and, along with his brothers Alan Gershenfeld and Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, the author of Designing Reality: How to Survive and Thrive in the Third Digital Revolution. His unique laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from creating molecular quantum computers to virtuosic musical instruments.

Technology from his lab has been seen and used in settings including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and rural Indian villages, the White House and the World Economic Forum, inner-city community centers and automobile safety systems, Las Vegas shows and Sami herds. He is the author of numerous technical publications, patents, and books including Fab, When Things Start to Think, The Nature of Mathematical Modeling, and The Physics of Information Technology, and he has been featured in media such as The New York Times, The Economist, NPR, CNN, and PBS. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, has been named one of Scientific American’s 50 leaders in science and technology, as one of 40 Modern-Day Leonardos by the Museum of Science and Industry, one of Popular Mechanics’ 25 Makers, has been selected as a CNN/Time/Fortune Principal Voice, by Prospect/Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 public intellectuals, and is the founder of a global network of over 1,000 community fab labs.