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Paul Saffo is a technology
forecaster with over two decades of experience helping corporate and governmental
clients understand and respond to the dynamics of large-scale, long-term change.
He is managing director of foresight at
Discern Analytics and teaches technology forecasting at Stanford where he
is a consulting associate professor in the Engineering School. Saffo also teaches
at Singularity University, where he chairs the Future Studies track. Paul holds
degrees from Harvard College, Cambridge University, and Stanford University.
Paul's keynote will set the stage for this year's discussion. This
year’s theme for COFES is “Correcting 2020 Vision.” With 2020 just
six years ahead, what corrections does a firm need to make to its own vision to
get a crisper view of 2020?
Paul Saffo’s keynote, Cultivating Foresight: Seeing Clearly
Amidst Exponential Change addresses the theme looking forward. Paul will address
the fallacies of our natural instincts for thinking about the future and focus on
ways of thinking that can provide a clearer foresight for long-term planning.
George Dyson is an author and science historian. His writings
detail the history of computing, the development of algorithms and intelligence,
communication systems, space exploration, and the design of water craft. As a popular
lecturer, Dyson provides a historical context to the evolution of technology and
thought-provoking ideas on the future direction of technology and the Internet.
His most recent book, “Turing’s Cathedral” is a masterful look at the dawn of the
computers, illuminating the people, machines, and codes behind the transition
from numbers that mean things to numbers that do things in the aftermath of World
George addresses the theme for COFES looking backward, at historical
precedent, in his keynote, “2020 Vision: Why the Technology of Prediction keeps
getting better while the Prediction of Technology lags behind.” His
keynote will explore insights drawn from historical attempts to predicting where
technology will be at some future point in time.
The CAD Society is accepting nominations for the 2014 CAD Society
The CAD Society Awards acknowledge the contributions made by individuals
that have affected and developed the CAD, engineering, manufacturing and architecture
software industries. The awards are presented each year at the COFES Saturday night
The CAD Society presents awards in three categories:
Joe Greco Community Award: For outstanding work
in improving communication and developing community within the CAD industry. Marie
Planchard was the 2013 Community award recipient. Other past award recipients include:
Jeff Mottle, Evan Yares, Sean Dotson, Chris Yessios, Lynn Allen, Randall Rath, CJ
Shirk, Kristine Fallon, and Ralph Grabowski.
Leadership Award: For outstanding technical and
business leadership in the CAD industry, and focus and dedication to the needs of
CAD users. Wilfried Gräbert was the 2013 Leadership award recipient. Other past
award recipients include: Oleg Shilovitsky, Dieter Neujahr, Carl Bass, Jay Sunyogh,
Dana K. “Deke” Smith, Robert McNeel, Tony Affuso, Tom Butta, Jon Hirschtick, and
Lifetime Award: For a lifetime of outstanding
technical and business contributions to the CAD industry. David Levin was the 2013
Lifetime award recipient. Other past award recipients include: Ken & BJ Anderson,
Dave Weisberg, Richard Riff, Mike Riddle, Dean Kamen, Russell F. Henke, Ken Versprille,
L. Stephen Wolfe, Carl Machover, Dr. Joel Orr, and Patrick Hanratty.
Nominations must identify the award category and explain why the
nominee deserves to be honored. Email nominations can be sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org . Video nominations are also acceptable, but must be posted
to YouTube with the keywords ‘CAD Society’, along with a link sent by email to email@example.com.
All nominations need to be received by February 1, 2014, for consideration
by the CAD Society.