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John Pendry, Imperial College London

"Physics is to the rest of science what machine tools are to engineering. A corollary is that science places power in our hands which can be used for good or ill. Technology has been abused in this way throughout the ages from gunpowder to atomic bombs."

Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University

"The extraordinary adoption of Internet technology over the past ten years really drives home the more general point that people are remarkably good at adapting to the tools you give them."

Harry Wechsler, George Mason University

"Look at what was done after 9/11 and recently in London. They went to find the perpetrators "after" the events and using mostly manual means. This is "state-of-the-art"...."

Michael Arbib, University of Southern California

"If we consider the fate of New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina, we can certainly see challenges for technology in terms of better design and maintenance of levees, or in communication systems, but we also see the fruits of pork-barrel politics, lack of planning and coordination (technology can help, but one needs bright dedicated people to make use of it), and acceptance of a status quo in which too many people live in poverty."

Ronald Arkin, Georgia Institute of Technology

"Funding of course enables discoveries, but does not guarantee they will occur. Lack of funding can almost certainly guarantee that discoveries will not be made."

Brad Myers, Carnegie Mellon University

"In the future, we will basically all be "managers" of a complex set of computer agents. Whereas it may be easier to interact with the computers, because they will understand and generate speech, it may be more difficult to understand and manage the computer's actions and behaviors."

Nadrian Seeman, New York University

"I feel it is important not to go to school to become an uneducated person who has earned a Ph.D. You have to develop into a person who appreciates not only the sciences, but also the humanities. My research program has derived as much from art as from science."

Joan Feigenbaum, Yale University

"Protection of sensitive data is not a "problem" that can be definitively "solved." As technologists and researchers, we expect to make progress and, in the best cases, to "solve" today's technical problems and then move on to tomorrow's. This is an unrealistic expectation when it comes to rights and responsibilities in cyberspace and, in particular, to the protection of sensitive data."

Hervé Gallaire, Xerox Corporation

"Adding more and more encryption strength to keep ahead in the race against computer power would lead to devices with prohibitive cost. Also, keeping the functioning of devices proprietary for security purposes goes against ease-of-use for ease-of-integration. We will need very new approaches here."


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