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Amnon Shashua

Professor Amnon Shashua is CEO and CTO of Mobileye, a world leader in collision avoidance systems and autonomous driving technologies, and Senior Vice President of Intel Corporation, one of the world’s largest semiconductor chip makers. Professor Shashua holds the Sachs Chair in computer science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Can you tell me some of your story? I did my PhD in artificial intelligence at MIT in the early 90s. One of the professors took responsibility over me. When I discovered a new mathematical formula his response was: “Apply for a patent.” For the first time it came...

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Bruce Boucher

Bruce Boucher is Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London. A Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, he obtained his PhD at The Courtauld. An art historian specializing in sculpture and architecture, for over twenty years Bruce Boucher taught at the University of London, before changing to museum work. His books include ‘The Sculpture of Jacopo Sansovino’, ‘Andrea Palladio: The Architect in his Time’, ‘Italian Baroque Sculpture’, and ‘Earth and Fire: Italian Terracotta Sculpture from Donatello to Canova’. Why come to direct Sir John Soane’s Museum? The Soane is a national museum, in the same group as the British Museum,...

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Joan Juliet Buck

Joan Juliet Buck became the first and only American woman ever to fill Paris Vogue‘s coveted position of Editor in Chief, a “figurehead in the cult of fashion and beauty”, but she has been a writer all her life. In her book The Price of Illusion Joan Juliet Buck chronicles turbulent decades spent in the creative heart of London, New York, Rome, Milan, Los Angeles and Paris, and her intense relationship with her volatile father. You have just published The Price of Illusion. What is it, a memoir? It is a memoir, but the first draft went over a...

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Martino Gamper

Martino Gamper is an Italian designer based in London, internationally regarded through his project 100 Chairs in 100 Days. This group of works was exhibited in London in 2007, at the Milan Triennale in 2009 and at YBCA in San Francisco in 2010. Published by Dent-De-Leone as a book, 100 Chairs in 100 Days and its 100 Ways was recently republished as a pocket book. Do you consider yourself an artist or a designer? A designer who uses an artistic approach to design. In what sense? I come up with my own ideas, instead of being commissioned. An artist...

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Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal is famous for his books ‘The Hare with Amber Eyes’ and ‘The White Road’, and for his ceramic pottery. His recent exhibition in Stockholm was titled ‘Giorgio Morandi / Edmund de Waal’. Is it unusual for an artist also to be a best-selling author? It is unusual to both be passionate about writing and passionate about making, but for me they’re not far apart. Thinking and shaping in words and thinking and shaping with clay have a similar genesis. There are many real connections of ideas and themes, but much more significant for me is that...

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