Palo Alto Siliconfrench :300 Years Shaping Knowledge From Diderot to Wikipedia

You are invited to attend on Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM:
300 Years Shaping Knowledge –
From Diderot to Wikipedia
For the 300th birthday of Denis Diderot, creator of the French Encyclopedia, join us for an interactive panel discussion with some of today’s most influential thinkers from top Silicon Valley Companies whose vision and everyday actions shape the modern acquisition, definition and dissemination of knowledge: Google, Wikipedia and Mozilla.
Diderot aimed « to change the way people think » by incorporating all of the world’s knowledge into 28 volumes.
“There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge. . . observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.”
Denis Diderot (French man of letters and philosopher), 1713-1784
His controversial collection attempted to summarize human knowledge across a variety of fields and topics while linking them with cross references, creating in effect … the first hyperlinks.
Three centuries later we inherit the task of defining knowledge for our generation and future ones. Today we are armed with powerful technological tools and an unprecedented connectivity between knowledge-based reseach centers. Moreover, the collection, organization, canonization, democratization and dissemination of information across the internet will increasingly serve to shape our relationship to and definition of knowledge.
Our panel will address various topics of actuality :
– The power and impact of organizing, creating, and distributing knowledge.
– The economy controling the access to knowledge.
– The democratization of knowledge vs. the model of experts.
– The usage of advanced technologies, which might surpass us in making discoveries.
6PM Registration and Networking
7PM Startup Presentations
7:30 Panel, Discussion, Q&A
9PM Desert & Networking
As always, a cold buffet with wine, cheese and the French good mood are part of the program.

Early birds $20 this week only*
*(Pre-Registration $25, Regular $35, at the door $50)

Cooley LLP
3175 Hanover St
Palo Alto, CA 94304


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