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Neil Gershenfeld

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Neil Gershenfeld is the director of the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT, a cross-disciplinary unit which involves research groups from across campus: biologists, chemists, physicists, mathematicians and various kinds of engineers. With his team he focuses on breaking down the boundaries between the realms of the digital and the physical. He is the initiator of Fab Lab, a worldwide movement that gives communities access to prototype tools for personal fabrication and is showing that we are today at the verge of Star Trek-style replicators and programmable reality.

Up to 20 scientists and leading experts from all over the world and a wide range of disciplines are invited to share insights into their future-changing work at the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November, in front of 700 international guests. In an inspiring, information-packed 15 minutes each, speakers present the core of their breakthroughs – which walls are they helping to tear down and how will it transform our lives?

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