The Edge Dinner
Edge Science Dinner - 2003
Brin - Google
Ronna Tanenbaum - Alexa
MacKenzie & Jeff Bezos - Amazon
- Brockman, Inc.
Page - Google
Dyson and Jared Diamond, sharing the same room at the
same space-time instant. How could their brains not explode
from critical mass?"
— Bruce Sterling, "Third
Schmidt - Google
Kamen - Deka Research
Edge Dinner - 2002
Matson, Daniel C. Dennett, Richard Dawkins, W. Daniel Hillis
Standing: Steven Pinker, Jeff Bezos
Murdoch - NewsCorp
Yossi Vardi - ICQ
Danny Hillis - Applied Minds
Walter Mossberg - WSJ
Laybourne - Oxygen Network
Wolff - Vanity Fair
Brin - Google
Katinka Matson - Brockman, Inc.
Simonyi - Intentional Software
This media life
My Dinner with Rupert
kept taking. He grew more expansive, more conspiratorial, even
(although it did seem like he'd conspire with anyone), his
intimate. We proposed that he come with us to the dinner we were
scheduled to go to John Brockman's Billionaire's dinner,
a TED ritual. .....
TED Conference: 3 Days in the Future"
February 28, 2002
happened here one night last week over chicken and polenta at the
annual private dinner, given by the New York literary agent John
Brockman, formerly called the Millionaires' and Billionaires' Dinner
after the rich techies who traditionally flocked to TED. There
were still a few members of that endangered species scattered about,
among them Nathan Myhrvold, the retired Microsoft chief technology
officer, who gave an electrifying discourse at the 1997 TED about
dinosaur sex. .....
By Patricia Leigh Bro
Last Digerati Dinner - 20011
Jeffrey Katzenberg - Dreamworks
instead of being the font of all goodness and light, the Web sector
is considered dead as a doorknob.....
that will take us now is anybody's guess, but it won't be back to
headier times, says John Brockman, a New York literary agent who
became known in Silicon Valley over the past several years for throwing
an annual "Billionaires Dinner." He wants to change the
name of the event. "This year," he says. "It's the
'Joy of the Ordinary Income Dinner.' "
appetit and pass the Rolaids.
Billionaires' Digerati Dinner - 2000
Sky Dayton - Earthlink
Calif. Like a lot of things in the frothy Internet world,
it didn't take long for an annual get-together at one of the industry's
trendiest conferences to show mindboggling growth in this case
a change in its name from the Millionaires' Dinner to the Billionaires'
the crowd was sprinkled generously with those who had amassed wealth
beyond imagining in a historical eye
blink. The muscle and money behind tech stars such as Microsoft,
America Online, Sun Microsystems and others had gathered at the Technology,
Entertainment and Design Conference here.
When the host, New York literary agent John Brockman, added three zeros to
the dinner last year, there was more than a bit of giggly discomfort among
the attendees. The general agreement was that the provocative Mr. Brockman,
who also runs a discussion Web site called Edge.org, was poking fun more than
offering a description....
Kara Swisher (Boom
Town: "At the Growing Billionaires' Dinner, Tech Stars Move to Grown-Ups'
few TEDs ago, [The Technology, Entertainment, Design Conference]
John Brockman began hosting an annual Millionaires' Dinner in honor
of his acquaintances at the conference whose net worth exceeded seven
figures. But rising equity values prompted Brockman to rename his
party the Billionaires' Dinner. Last year, Steve Case, Jeff Bezos,
and Nathan Myhrvold joined such comparatively impoverished multimillionaires
as Barnes & Noble's Steve Riggio, EarthLink's Sky Dayton, and
Marimba's Kim Polese. The dinner party was a microcosm of a newly
dominant sector of American business.
Gary Wolf [2.2000]
You don't have
to be a billionaire to get invited to the "Billionaire's Dinner" tonight
in Monterey, Calif. But you do have to know literary agent/ author/
entrepreneur John Brockman, who makes it his business to know who
is among the
dinner coincides with the 10th annual Technology, Entertainment,
Design or TED, conference, which brings together Hollywood and Silicon
Valley.....Last year's dinner guests included confirmed billionaires
Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com Inc. and Steve Case of America Online Inc.
as well as likely contender Nathan Myhrvold of Microsoft Corp.
just a fun gathering for a few of my friends," Mr. Brockman
says. The stock market has made new billionaires out of some previous
centimillionaire guests, so Mr. Brockman doubled the size of the
dinner but claims he still has to turn people away. To add suspense
to this year's event, Mr. Brockman promises two surprise billionaires
who prefer to remain unidentified. Hint: at least one is unmarried.
"Digits" Column [2.24.2000]
weather, though, from San Francisco down the coast to Monterrey,
where TED is held, turned bad, and it suddenly started to look like
Brockman's dinner might be short a few billionaires.
used to be the millionaires' dinner, but in the enthusiasm of the
bull market, Brockman upped it a thousandfold (certainly, among the
guests, there were a lot of millionaires maybe everyone).
Of course, the point is not the billionaires per se but the good
fellowship that the idea of proximity to billionaires engenders.
Does that fellowship disappear just because some billionaires don't
want to take a chance on the weather?
was billed as the "Billionaire's Dinner" ... But
with cameo appearances by Conde Nast editorial director James Truman, Time
Out New York's Cyndi Stivers, Fortune's Peter Petre, Powerful
Media's Kurt Anderson, news anchor Forrest Sawyer and Industry
Standard columnist James Fallows, this was the year when chic
New York media met the geeks.
Chris Nolan ("It's a Terrible Thing To Lose Minds"), NEW
YORK POST [3.2.2000]
Billionaires' Digerati Dinner - 1999
(formerly "The Millonaires' Dinner")
Case - AOL
Nathan Myhrvold - Intellectual
Jeff & Mackenzie
Riggio - Barnes & Noble
Annual "Billionaires' Dinner" (upgraded from last year's "Millionaires'
Dinner") was held on Thursday, February 18th at Cibo in Monterey.
Among those emerging from the Gulfstream jets were Steve Case, Nathan
Myhrvold, Jeff Bezos, Steve Riggio, Danny Hillis, Bran Ferren, Douglas
Adams, Terry Gilliam, Kai Krause, and Joichi Ito. Fortunately, famed
industry pioneer and gossip David Bunnell was there taking notes
(with a pen, by the way).
David Bunnell ("Restaurant Owner Buys TED"), UPSIDE
Domination, Corporate Cubism, and Alien Mind Control at the Digerati Dinner
of the digerati, John Brockman, handpicked the best of breed at last
week's Monterey TED(technology, entertainment, design) conference to
attend his yearly soirée, where technology's philosopher-kings
mused on all things Internet, multimedia.
Trish Williams ("World Domination, Corporate Cubism and Alien Mind Control
at Digerati Dinner"), UPSIDE [2.23.98]
goes beyond all known schmoozing.
This is like some kind of virtual-intellectual conspiracy-in-restraint-of-trade."
Sterling, "Third Culture Schmoozing"
dinner party was a microcosm of a newly dominant sector of American
BILLIONAIRES' DINNER — 2004
February 26th — Monterey,
de Bonvoisin - Daniel Gilbert - Eva Wisten
(En route to The Billionaires' Dinner - 2004)
no such thing as a free lunch, or a free Billionaires' Dinner.
year, a downsized (or, if you like, more exclusive) Edge dinner
was convened in Monterey at the Indian
which for the past few years has been held during the annual TED
Conference, always has a name
attached to it. It began in 1984 as "The
Millionaires' Dinner" (thanks to a page one article in The
Wall Street Journal) in a Las Vegas Mexican restaurant during
COMDEX Eventually it evolved to "The Digerati Dinner";
to "The World Domination, Corporate Cubism, and Alien Mind Control
Dinner", to "The Billionaires' Dinner". Last year
we tried "The Science Dinner". Everyone yawned. So this
year, it's back to the money-sex-power thing with "The Billionaires'
Dinner". I realize that "Billionaire" is tired and
very '90s, but the name worked for this year's dinner. It was a coincidence
that during the dinner, Google cofounder Larry Page received a message
on his pager informing him that he
and cofounder Sergey Brin had made the Forbes Magazine list
of 157 billionaires.
communications revolution occurring in the age of information
and computation has not stopped, nor has it even slowed down.
The markets crashed. The innovation continues. And a number
of people who showed up for the dinner are really cooking:
Jeff Bezos of Amazon; Google's CEO Eric Schmidt, Larry, Sergey,
Lori Park, and Megan Smith; Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay;
Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway; Steve Case, former Chairman of
Time-Warner who is now on to new adventures; and Jeffrey Epstein,
who recently endowed The Program for Evolutionary
Dynamics at Harvard University which is involved in researching
applications of mathematics and computer science to
mixing it up with the cosmologists Alan Guth (inflationary universe),
Leonard Susskind (the landscape of universes), and Paul Steinhardt
(the cyclic universe); the physicist Seth Lloyd (quantum computing);
the applied mathematician Steve Strogatz (synchronicity in nature);
and the psychologists Mike Csikszentmihalyi (flow), Nancy Etcoff
Martin Seligman (positive psychology), Dan Gilbert (mis-wanting),
as well as a number of technology and media journalists.
were Alisa Volkman of the literary-erotic website nerve.com, book
packager Ariane de Bonvoisin, and Swedish journalist Eva Wisten.
They spent the dinner in rapt conversation with the three cosmologists. "Where
were they? I never saw them," said Kevin Kelly. But then Kevin
was busy: he and Jeff Bezos, who attended with his mother Jackie,
were producing a wall of sound from a table in the middle of the
room that made quiet conversation impossible.
interesting aspect of the dinner was that Seth Lloyd flew in from
Tokyo (where he is spending a year) to join us. Seth was the only
student of the late Heinz Pagels (who helped to start Edge,
and was deeply involved in all its activities). Although I never
met Seth when Heinz was alive, I vividly recall Heinz's descriptions
of him as the brightest of the bright young physicists...of any generation.
Heinz and I had several conversations about how Heinz was attempting
to harness Seth's intelligence since he was one of those trans-categorematic
individuals. In other words, Heinz was telling me that Seth was unemployable.
years things have worked out for Seth. His seminal work in the fields
of quantum computation and quantum communications—including
proposing the first technologically feasible design for a quantum
computer, demonstrating the viability of quantum analog computation,
proving quantum analogs of Shannon's noisy channel theorem, and designing
novel methods for quantum error correction and noise reduction—has
gained him a reputation as an innovator and leader in the field of
quantum computing. He has made the front pages of the world's newspapers
several times; collaborates with Murray Gell-Mann; and is now Professor
of Quantum-Mechanical Engineering at MIT.
was to use the platform of "The Billionaires' Dinner" and
Seth's visit to announce "The Quantum Internet" but I became
so caught up in the high energy of of the occasion that I forgot
all about it. I also forgot I had a new digital camera in my pocket
and didn't take any pictures. Rather than deprive Edge readers
of an inside look at the dinner, I sent the following email to the
for your supper!"
of photos, I plan to run a text portrait. You can help out by responding
to the following Edge question (a paragraph or two will
"Who were you sitting with? What interesting things were discussed? What
did you learn?"
recount my own conversation with Lenny Susskind, the father of string
theory, who walked in wearing a new sports jacket. I looked at the
jacket admiringly, and Lenny told me a story:
going to Holland next week where I'll have an honorary professorship.
Three weeks ago the host called me up and said 'please, get yourself
a nice set of clothes, because you're going to meet the queen.' "
I said, 'the Queen?'"
the Queen. She wants to meet a physicist,' said my host."
fantastic,' I replied. 'I'm going to be a guest of honor at a dinner
given by the Queen of Holland!' "
all of a sudden on the other end of the phone, there's silence.
And he says, 'no, Lenny, 'you don't understand; Brian Greene is
going to be the guest of honor.' "
Steinhardt, Dan Dubno, Linda
Stone, Dan Gilbert, J.P.
Schmetz, Lenny Susskind, Steve
Strogatz, Chris W. Anderson, Steve Petranek
arrived in Monterey that evening tired and sweaty: my route
there from Japan had included climbing a mountain in LA that
morning and I hadn't had time to change.
JB immediately tossed me in a corner of the restaurant with
Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who grilled me on the potential
applications of quantum computation. They were shockingly knowledgeable
on the subject and quickly pushed me like a novice sumo wrestler
to edge of the ring that marks the boundary between the known
and the unknown. That boundary is always closer than one thinks.
We agreed that quantum internet searches are a few years off.
I had spent the afternoon in Jeff Kimble's lab at Caltech contemplating
the first node of the the quantum internet — a single
atom trapped in an optical cavity, capable of exchanging entangled
photons with any other nodes, as soon as they are brought into
existence. But when the quantum internet has only one node,
containing one bit, Q-Google (Quoogle?) is not yet necessary.
Sergey and Larry and I noted that when it is up and running,
the quantum internet should offer all sorts of wacky possibilities
for quantum internet search. Searches could be made significantly
more efficient, for example, by using quantum parallelism to
explore every node of the quantum internet simultaneously. Problems
arise, however, from the fact that quantum bits can't be cloned.
I cannot go further into our discussion as that would involve
proprietary information concerning quantum internet protocols
Sergey broached the subject of massive entanglement and decoherence,
a hot topic in quantum information these days (Entanglement
is a peculiarly quantum-mechanical effect in which a bunch of
quantum systems such as atoms share more information with each
other than is possible classically. Entanglement is the branch
of quantum weirdness that allows quantum computers to function.
Decoherence is a process that destroys entanglement. As I said,
these guys were really on top of their quanta).
We discussed recent experiments that Dave Cory and I had done
at MIT, and Sergey made a rather fine suggestion for an experiment
to test whether gagillions of entangled nuclear spins decohere
faster than gagillions of unentangled nuclear spins. Dave and
I will check it out.
At this point Jeffrey Epstein joined the conversation and demanded
to know whether weird quantum effects had played a significant
role in the origins of life. That question pushed me way out
of the sumo ring into the deep unknown. We tried to construct
a version of the question that could be answered. I was pushing
my own personal theory of everything (the universe is a giant
quantum computer, and to understand how things like life came
into existence, we have to understand how atoms, molecules,
and photons process information). Jeffrey was pushing back with
his own theory (we need to understand what problem was being
solved at the moment life came into being). By pushing from
both sides, we managed to assemble a metaphor in which molecules
divert the flow of free energy to their own recreational purposes
(i.e., literally recreating themselves) somewhat in the way
Jeffrey manages to divert the flow of money as it moves from
time-zone to time-zone, using that money for his own recreational
purposes (i.e., to create more money). I'm not saying it was
the right way to describe the origins of life: I'm just saying
that it was fun.
SETH LLOYD is Professor of Quantum-Mechanical Engineering, MIT.
of the people I spoke with at the Dinner were Alisa Volkman
from Nerve, Steve Petranek of Discover, and Jeff Bezos
from Amazon. Alisa and I spoke about the cosmos and film, and
creativity in our respective work. Jeff is a Princeton graduate
who spent his first three years as a physics major. We talked
about physics and engineering at Princeton and the challenge
of mentoring young people and helping them excel. Steve Petranek
and I talked about dark matter, dark energy and gravity.
STEINHARDT, father of "The Cyclic Theory of the Universe"
is the Albert Einstein Professor in Science and on the faculty
of both the Departments of Physics and Astrophysical Sciences
at Princeton University.
all the good looking women were sitting with the physicists'
table (go figure!) so I had to settle for sitting next to Steve
Case. Later I worked the room and had the terrific luck to sit
next to Martin Seligman, of UPenn, and Dean Kamen.
He can invent a self-balancing wheelchair and the Segway, but
is Dean Kamen happy? That's what Marty Seligman wanted to know.
At the University of Pennsylvania, Marty has been researching
optimal experiences... studying what makes people happy for
the last two decades. At the Edge dinner he asked Dean
to describe his happiest moment. Perhaps America's most famous
inventor could have mentioned any one of the "Aha!" moments
in life: when Dean first had the Stirling Engine working, or
when he saw the stents or portable dialysis machines he designed
saving any of the hundreds of thousands of lives they have.
But, with a faraway look, Dean thought back to a company holiday
he shared with his DEKA colleagues several years ago. "It was
a long weekend ahead and no work was going to get done. So I
just figured we'd take all the kids and their families and go
to Disneyworld. We chartered a jet, had a bunch of buses, and
all the families of people I work with were soon headed down
the highway." But the joyous moment was not that Dean could
afford to take all these people on a vacation. "So everybody
was kind of hungry, and I had the three buses pull in to the
takeout window at McDonalds. It was pretty funny as I ordered
three hundred shakes, and hundreds of fries, and plenty of burgers.
And the very young son of one of the people who works with me
was sitting there happy as can be. He's eating a burger the
size of his head and holding on to it for dear life. And I came
over and said that looked good. And he stopped eating, and with
a big smile, held out his prized burger and just offered it
to me." And Dean smiled remembering a tiny moment of optimal
DUBNO is producer and technologist for CBS News in New York,
where he coordinates Special Events Unit coverage of major national
and international news stories.
sat next to Jackie Bezos and Tom Reilly and across from Jeff
Bezos and Kevin Kelly. The laughter was so loud, so continuous
and so infectious that the conversation gently threaded it's
way through the laughter. We talked about Asia, physics and
space, outsourcing to India and China, and a whole lot of other
thngs that gave us endless pleasure.
It was a magical evening.
LINDA STONE is a former Apple and Microsoft executive.
had the pleasure of being seated at the end of a long table
and across from Lenny Susskind, so everyone else was pretty
much outside my sonic reach. Lenny told me a bit about physics,
I told him a bit about psychology, and then we spent the rest
of the evening talking about the many odd coincidences in our
personal histories. We both had checkered pasts that included
more than a little aimlessness, delinquency, truancy, bad grades,
and youthful marriages. No one would have bet that we'd ever
go to college, much less become professors. Indeed, Lenny and
I had so much in common that the only way the waiter
could tell us apart was that Lenny invented string theory and
I didn't. Good thing I held back on that one, otherwise there
would have been some confusion about who got the chicken curry.
GILBERT is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.
sat at a table with Eva Wisten, Paul Steinhardt, Lenny Susskind,
Dan Gilbert and Alisa Volkman. It was a wonderful dinner. I
talked a lot about media with Eva Wisten (she's a journalist
and we publish some 250 magazines). I also discovered that Lenny
does not like religion at all (me neither, and I cannot remember
how we got to talk about this). Later, I talked to Steven Strogatz
and Stephen Petranek but I forgot what we talked about. I remember
talking to my old friend Megan Smith for a long time about Space
Camp which I plan to go to with my kids soon.
I feel very happy about having been to the dinner and at the
same time a bit unhappy not having talked to more people (I
guess Dan Gilbert is right about the twisted relationship between
choice and happiness).
PAUL SCHMETZ is Managing Director of CyberLab Interactive Productions
GmbH, a subsidiary of the Burda Media Group and a Member of
the Executive Board of Burda New Media GmbH.
Page who told me about his experiences taking a physics course
from me. The psychologist Daniel Gilbert . We talked a lot about
life, love and the pursuit of the ladies. I explained physics
and cosmology to him and explained a lot of interesting psych
phenomena to me. I loved it. The two young women, Eva and Alisa.
We talked about you. I hope they remember more because I don't.
But it was for sure the most interesting dinner company that
I've had since the old days with my physicist friends Sidney
Coleman, Dick Feynman and Jack Goldberg. It could become addictive.
SUSSKIND, the father of string theory, is Felix Bloch Professor
in theoretical physics at Stanford University.
Petranek, the editor of Discover magazine, was sitting
on my right. Rodney Brooks, the MIT artificial intelligence
researcher who makes little insect-like robots, was on my left.
Both are fun and easy to be around. I always like to hear people's
life stories, and without too much effort, I managed to get
both of them to tell how they got to where they are today. Pertranek
told of his days as a cub reporter at various small newspapers,
covering all sorts of different areas, from finance to energy
(where he did some investigative reporting and once broke a
story about some shenanigans at a nuclear power plant, if I
remember right). Brooks told charming stories of his days as
a kid in Australia, playing out in his shed in the backyard,
trying to build computers and other contraptions from spare
parts and assorted junk, and nearly electrocuting himself or
blowing himself up from time to time. It made me think about
the importance of tinkering and fooling around.
It was a real treat—a night to cherish.
STROGATZ is an applied mathematician at Cornell University
and the author of Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous
reading of the quantum depths to which Sergey and Larry took
Seth, I'm ashamed to recount that I spent most of my dinner
asking Alan Guth beginner's questions about quantum communications.
He patiently explained the pros and cons of electron vs. photon
methods, and the difference between truly encrypted communications
and those that simply reveal if they've been tapped by a third
that this isn't even his field, it was a virtuoso performance
of clarity and deduction from first principles. Even better,
he then followed up a day or two later with this email:
I was leaving Monterey I met Robert Gelfond, the CEO of MagicQ
Technologies Inc., which is in the business of quantum encryption.
turned out that almost all of my guesses were right. The currently
working systems are not what I would call a true quantum encryption
device, which disguises each bit by flipping it or not flipping
it according to the spin of an entangled particle. Instead
they are quantum intruder-detection devices, which send photons
on a light tube. The signal is mixed with a stream of photons
with a predetermined pattern of polarizations, which are then
verified at the other end. Since an intruder cannot measure
the polarization of a single photon, he cannot detect photons
and retransmit them in an identical polarization state. I
think Robert said that they can send photons up to 50 km with
complete security, and up to about 100 km with security that
is safe as long as the intruder is limited to present technology.
If one wants to go further, one must send the signal in steps
of this length, with a secure box at each step which receives
the message and retransmits it. There is no quantum algorithm
that can detect an intruder who breaks open this box, so it
must be secured by ordinary means.
one point that I didn't foresee is that apparently it is not
practical to send all bits by this method. Instead they use
the protected photon signal only to distribute frequently
changing encryption keys. Then the signal is transmitted separately,
using ordinary transmission lines and ordinary encryption,
such as perhaps DES. As long as the key is changed frequently,
this is regarded as safe.
rewarding dinner conversation I've had for ages!
W. ANDERSON is Editor-in-Chief of Wired.
GUTH, father in the inflationary theory of the Universe, is
Victor F. Weisskopf Professor of Physics at MIT; author of The
sat next to Steve Strogatz, the Cornell mathematician who wrote
one of my favorite books, Sync. He
was to my left. To my right was the lyrical, mystical
and charming Ariane de Bonvoisin. I sat across from Nancy
Etcoff, the research psychologist from Harvard Medical
School who has actually defined the word happiness in such depth
astound me. I kept trying to get some free shrinking
from Nancy but she effortlessly shifted the subject of
my childhood back to her present research, which was
nearly as fascinating.
When others swept Nancy's attention
away I turned to Ariane, who unfortunately knows how
to work a room full of smart people and kept disappearing.
However, I learned enough about her project to publish
books that get people through the first 30 days of a
crisis (divorce, death of a spouse, realization there
isn't a Santa Claus) to know that I'd probably buy each
and every one of them even if the crisis didn't match
my circumstances (One always has friends in crisis).
pulled a reversal by interviewing me before I got to interview
him. His descriptions of fireflies
along riverbanks syncing up their flashes was far more
mesmerizing in person (and after a couple glasses of
wine) than it is in the book. Of course, I did my best
to stay as far away from Dan Dubno as I could, which
turned out to be fairly easy because he was toadying
up to Steve Case all night.
the soiree ended, physicist Paul Stenhardt asked me a few
pointed questions about
my definition of gravity as I had referred to it
in my TED presentation. Besides being embarrassed by my
to be as clear as a cosmologist can be on what holds
us down to this planet, I was fascinated to be led
him to the idea that gravity might be quite different
on at least four planes: gravity in very large circumstances,
like everything in the universe flying away from
everything else at an accelerated pace; gravity on the
used to as I move across the Earth; gravity in very
tiny (quantum) circumstances; and gravity under intense
and heat circumstances. All of which made me sorry
that dinner came to an end.
PETRANEK is editor in chief of Discover.
Alexander, Alexander Ogilvy; Chris Anderson, TED; Chris Anderson,
Wired; Jeff Bezos, amazon.com; Jackie Bezos, amazon.com;
Adam Bly, Seed; Stewart Brand, Long Now Foundation;
Sergey Brin, Google; Patti Brown, New York Times;
Steve Case; Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi, Claremont; Steffi Czerny,
Media; Susan Dawson, Sapling Foundation; Ariane De Bonvoisin;
Dan Dubno, CBS News; Jeffrey Epstein, Epstein Assoc.; Nancy
Etcoff, Harvard Medical School; Daniel Gilbert, Harvard; Alan
Guth, MIT; Katrina
Heron; Kevin Kelly, Wired; Seth Lloyd. MIT; Pam Omidyar,
Omidyar Foundation; Pierre Omidyar, eBay ; Larry Page, Google;
Steve Petranek, Discover; Ryan Phelan, DNA Direct;
Tom Rielly, TED; Forrest Sawyer, MSNBC; Eric Schmidt, Google;
Martin Seligman, UPenn; Megan Smith, Google; Paul Steinhardt,
Princeton; Cyndi Stivers, Time Out New York ; Linda
Stone; Steven Strogatz, Cornell; Leonard Susskind, Stanford;
Kara Swisher, Wall Street Journal; Yossi Vardi, ICQ;
Alisa Volkman, Nerve; Eva Wisten, Bon Magazine;
Michael Wolff, Vanity Fair