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Gadgets And Gizmos: WIRED 2014

Here at the Labs, we’ve been Connecting the Connected (as we like to call it) for 14 semesters now. Despite that long track record, we were still delighted to be invited to attend the Wired 2014 conference, being held at the Royal Tobacco docks for the 4th year running.

Since it’s inception in 1993, WIRED has been internationally respected and admired. It has a multi-disciplined approach across a vast range of subject matter. It explores people pushing the boundaries in Tech, Arts, Health, Money, Work and Science.

Now in its 4th year WIRED’s conference brings together 12 months of ideas and input from the magazine’s global community. It hosts 15 session topics over 2 days with mix of speakers, live demos and inspiring subject genres. This year, that included ‘Entertainment Meets Hardware’, ‘Creating Innovation’, ‘Education Re-thought’, ‘Culinary Creativity’ and ‘Mind games’.

WIRED Events are designed to cut through the tech noise surrounding us, and to deliver insights on what’s next. If you want to be ahead of the curve, as well as your competition, the WIRED conference is an essential date in the calendar.

We’ve pulled together a short & sweet overview of this internationally acclaimed event to share with you some of the powerful ideas that we picked up along the way.

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Conference in Numbers
4th Year of the conference
2 Days of content
15 sessions topics
50 speakers
1000+ attendies
30+ New Tech hands-on experiences
1 Robot

Speakers: Stars of the show!

WIRED ’14 pulled together a diverse range of speakers from a wide range of disciplines. Here are some that stood out for us :

Quantum Mechanic Computers|With Eric Ladizinsky: Kicking the ‘Technology Without Limits’ Section on day 1, Eric from D-Wave Machines shared with the audience why quantum computing will be civilisation’s next big revolution. When we aren’t able to extract meaningful insight through classical computing, quantum computing can help. But how does it work?

In layman’s terms, imagine that you have five minutes to find an ‘X’ marked on a page of a book in the British Library. Not that easy, right?. However, if you were in 50 million parallel realities, and you looked at several pages in each of those realities, you would be able to! This would require all those alternative realities to talk to one another whilst doing it. That’s the basic premise of quantum computing. Enabling you to solve multiple problems in alternative realities at the same time. With only 2 of these currently in existence (one owned by Google), it’s yet to unlock new possibilities for humanity (and business!) in the future.

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Culinary creativity|With Sam Bompas: One of the most elaborate speaking events this year came from Sam Bompas of ‘Bompas and Parr’. They look to bring together Science and Food. Most well known until now for their magnificent creations with jelly, including staging a huge exhibition of famous architectural buildings made entirely of jelly, Bompas and Parr have collaborated with a wide range of specialists so far, to explore the mysteries and wonders of food.

For New Year’s Eve 2013, they brought together pyrotechnics and flavorists to create edible fireworks on the Embankment in London. The result was explosions of banana-flavoured confetti that was hypoallergenic, kosher and halal. Sam is a breath of fresh air, always looking to disturb what is expected of us by mashing up the traditional disciplines of food and science, questioning our understanding, use and consumption of food and how it might be approached in entirely new and innovative ways.

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