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Digital Reality - Life in Two Worlds: The Physical World We Inhabit and the Digital Universe We Create

LSE public lecture

Date: Monday 21 January 2013 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Ping Fu
Chair: Dr Vili Lehdonvirta

We’ve spent the past 20 years capturing physical objects in the digital world. But in the coming decade, as the physical and digital worlds collide, their boundaries will blur in spectacular fashion. Ping will describe how the evolution of robots, sensors, 3D printers and other IT is making it possible to see, feel and make everything digital in a new (human) computer industry. This lecture is rich in lessons for entrepreneurs, creators, and innovators to instigate rather than follow, and to challenge the status quo.

Ping will also talk about her personal story of resilience, a journey from the dogmatic anticapitalism of Mao’s China to the high-stakes, take-no-prisoners world of technology start-ups in the US. Her new book Bend, Not Break will be published in January by Portfolio Penguin.  

Ping Fu is the founder and CEO of Geomagic, a global company providing 3D technology for digital reality. Previously she worked at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, where she initiated and managed the NCSA Mosaic software project that led to Netscape and Internet Explorer. Fu is one of the few women CEOs in technology and was named the 2005 "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Inc. Magazine. She is a member of President Obama's National Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and sits on the board of the Long Now Foundation.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEPingFu

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email events@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 6043.


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