Working at MIT, James McLurkin is a leader in distributed robotics and developer of the world's largest robot swarm. His session, complete with a demonstration of tiny, blinking, music-playing robots cooperating on stage, was one of my favorites. Ethan Zuckerman, Evegeny Morozov and I live blogged the session.
IF Conversation is a continuing series of very brief video answers to questions posed at the 2007 IdeaFestival. They may also be found at IFTV and at IdeaFestival.com.