WikiStage Stanford. Stanford, United States, 2014

Space travel is one of mankind's greatest achievements of the 20th century. As we explore our universe more and more thoroughly, we face many challenges, but the biggest might be how to adapt to an environment where there is no gravity. "We put the International Space Station up there to remind ourselves of the fact that we as a species can overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges and that we have the potential to explore space." "The international space station allowed us, for the first time, to study the biological affects of staying in space for long periods of time and what we found wasn't pretty." "Astronauts can lose up to 20% of their muscle mass just in first two weeks of being in space." "We know that we, as a species, will not be satisfied unless we are traveling the stars."  
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WikiStage Stanford. Stanford, United States, 2014

The talk focuses on the role of the 3D printers, machines that create three-dimensional objects from a digital files, in the close future. Started off as an industrial piece of technology in the 1980s, 3D printing is now adapted to an everyday user. The technique could be found useful in various domains such as medical bioprinting or architecture yet the knowledge about is still not yet developed. Further education about it could unlock its full potential. "They will be everywhere, they will print anything, and these fantastic machines are called 3D Printers." "Education will really be the key to unlock the potential of 3D printing. Kids are fascinating to watch when they work with this technology." "All right, let's do a little bit of sight fight. They will be everywhere, they will print anything, whatever we want to, whenever we want to, and those fantastic machines are called 3D printers. And what they do is that instead of removing material, they build objects from nothing, layer by layer, depositing a variety of material. And so the question I'm asking is will our future be 3D printed? Will we go to a restaurant and have a 3D printed steak? I don't know if you've heard about it, but houses are starting to be 3D printed. And so the reality right now is a little bit different. I don't think that anyone in the room has a 3D printer right now. I have one, I use it quite a lot and it gets me really excited about the potential future of this technology, and fascinated by the current applications. So what is interesting about 3D printing is that it started as an industrial technology in the mid eighties, and the key date is when the patent expired in the middle of the last decade, allowing makers to start building their own machines. They now sell it for couple hundred dollars. You can build it, assemble it yourself, modify it, of course use it and this with minimal technical knowledge. And what is great is that even though I won't be able to print all my footwear or stuff from my kitchen with my 3D printer, I can still print very interesting things with my machine at home. For example this is reduced model of an arm that you can use, if you want, as a cast for immobilizing if you have a wound.This is a toy cat that's shiny and nice. And the one i really like is this musical instrument".(...)    
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WikiStage Stanford. Stanford, United States, 2014

When was the last time you thought about what happens once you flush the toilet? When was the last time you considered a toilet as important part of your life? “When was the last time when you thought about what happens when you flush a toilet? When was the last time you regarded a toilet as an important part of your life? For a minute imagine that you have to relieve yourself and there is no toilet in the close facility. This is the reality faced by close to 2.6 billion people in the world today.” “Toilets are enablers of continued education.” “Ask yourself what you care about. And irrespective of how big, hairy the problem might be, you will find something that you can do which will be meaningful and have an impact.” ”When was the last time you thought about what happens once you flush a toilet? When was the last time when you regarded toilet as an important part of your life? Now for a minute imagine that you have to relief yourself and there isn't a toilet in the close vicinity. This is the reality faced by close to 2.6 billion people in the world today. They are forced to defecate in the open, exposing themselves to extremely unhygienic conditions, extreme health risks and also sometimes risks posed on safety. 1.1 children dies each year due to diarrheal diseases, sometimes simply because their caregivers don't wash their hands very well. Studies have shown that girls as young as 8 years old in Sub-Saharan Africa actually fear toilets, because they thing they get raped there. Studies have also shown that girls once they hit puberty drop out of school, because their school don't have dedicated toilettes. What these facts tell us is that toilets are not merely pans and pots with a flush mechanism, but they are in fact enablers of continued education. They can be places of safety or of dignity, they can ensure good health, they can educate, they can create a wealth of natural, organic compost and manure. Now for a moment imagine including the users of these toilets in this imagination. What if we could create solutions together with them, building on the best of technical know-how and also including the local knowledge of the political, the socio-economic, the cultural practices that they have, creating solutions that are in fact relevant, timely, and sustainable for the community in the long term. I was able to make this possibility a reality by asking myself one question: what do I care about? That resulted in a career of research and teaching people how to pursue their passions(...)”    
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WikiStage Stanford. Stanford, United States, 2014

Afroz Algiers draws attention upon the importance of coordination and trust among the members of a team in order to create the harmonization within the final product.The common belief is that buildings, whether we are inside one or around one, are only inanimate elements that surround us, without a major impact upon our daily lives. However, in a remarkable attempt of imitating the other organisms in the ecosystem, buildings are in fact a coordinated complex of materials, brought to life by most often disharmonious organized teams. Therefore, it is essential to create an environment of coordination and trust within the team in charge of the construction in order to achieve the goal envisaged. In the same time, take into account the need of properly following the initial plan towards the final achievement. "Due to the nature of construction contracting, the owner and the team are not the best friends."    

WikiStage Stanford. Stanford, United States, 2014

There are three questions to consider before trying to travel off the beaten path : where, how and when. But why this way of travelling is interesting and important? That is what Jeremy Ximenez explains.It is often said that travel broads the mind, and it has been proved. But is traveling in crowded places really interesting for people who want to discover new things? For Jeremy Ximenez, it is not. If you want to get better travel experiences you should try to travel differently. Choose the right time for it and start the adventure! "My friends often ask me what are my favorite places, and I tell them that the most memorable experience are those places most of the others avoid." "People in defector states are often particularly hospitable, eager and proud to welcome you to their homeland few others visit." "If there is a place safe to go and no one is going there, you should go now. Because just because the place is safe now, there is no guarantee that it will be later on." "It is worthwhile to inquire about travel and sharing your background, because depending on where you are you might experience prejudice."    
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