London – Talent in the Techonomy

May 8, 2012

The global competition for talent has migrated into cyberspace as a digital economy creates borderless opportunities for highly skilled innovators. What are the best ways for talented individuals to educate and promote themselves in this new Techonomy? What are some of the technological trends to watch for in the years ahead that will reshape the digital marketplace? The Hybrid Reality Institute hosted a salon with Brave New Talent featuring Fellows Lucian Tarnowski and Sanford Dickert.

San Francisco – Technology’s Double-Edged Sword

Aug 3, 2011

The biggest challenge we face is how to direct and constrain the impact of technology to positive ends only, an extremely difficult proposition since every technology can be used for either justice/injustice; security/terrorism; democracy/dictatorship. On August 3rd, the Hybrid Reality Institute held a salon in San Francisco where participants discussed how to proactively steer new technologies away from evil.

Attendees included Vivek Wadha, Visiting Scholar, UC-Berkeley; Columnist Washington Post and BusinessWeek; Jamais Cascio, Futurist; Philip Rosedale, Founder of Second Life and co-founder of Coffee and Power; Jacob Harold, Program Officer, Hewlett Foundation; Lucy Bernholz, Managing Director, Arabella Advisors; Marc Goodman, Global Security Advisor/Faculty Member, Singularity University; Tarun Wadha, Researcher, Hybrid Reality Institute; and Harry Bernholz, Junior Fellow, Hybrid Reality Institute.

New York – Discussing Science in Imaginary Worlds

Jun 19, 2011

Science fiction and fantasy has inspired the minds of many for centuries.  From the robotic horses of Arabian Nights, to Jules Verne’s time machines, to the widest reaches of space in Star Trek, artists have used science and technology as starting point to create fantastic new worlds.  How does science fiction inspire new technology, and how does new technology inspire artists and authors?  Science House and the Hybrid Reality Institute brought together authors, editors, and scientists to discuss the impact of science fiction on society.

Attendees included: James Jorasch, Megan Kingery of Science House;  Rita J. King and Joshua Fouts of Science House and Dancing Ink Productions;  Daniel Moore, Director of the Nanoethics Group, Hybrid Reality Fellow, scientist with IBM;  Leslie Moore, educator; Paul Hoffman, journalist and biographer; Patrick DiJusto, author and journalist; Jeff Newalt, publicist, performer (as JahFurry), and comics editor for Smith Magazine; and Michele Reznik, graphic designer.

New York – Future of Cities

May 31, 2011

The Hybrid Reality Institute hosted a salon on future cities at the home of New York and Silicon Valley based entrepreneur Alex Lloyd. Greg Lindsay, Fellow at the Institute and author of Aerotropolis made a short presentation on the debates surrounding how to add urban intelligence to new and existing cities. Participants then discussed the battle between corporate golliaths IBM and Cisco to dominate the domain, the economic opportunity in “City as a Platform,” and the vital importance of engaging citizens and ensuring that their rights and privacy are protected.

The salon was attended by Alex Lloyd, entrepreneur and technology investor; Julie Pham, real estate broker; Dan Latorre, VP Digital Placemaking; Frank Hebbert, Director of Civic Works; Pamela Puchalski, urbanist; Ian Marlow, Managing Principal, FiTech Consultants; Joshua Brustein, correspondent for the New York Times; Candida Haynes, entrepreneur; Ray Cha, interactive designer; Greg Lindsay, author of Aerotropolis; Ayesha Khanna, Director, Hybrid Reality Institute; Parag Khanna, Director, Hybrid Reality Institute.

New York – Aesthetics of Enhancement

Apr 26 , 2011

From digital avatars to subcutaneous silicon implants, modifying the human body in the real and virtual worlds is a growing trend. Our bodies may one day cease to be discreet objects and instead contain numerous interfaces that wirelessly share data with other machines and even plug into them. As the gap between therapy and enhancement narrows, how will technology impact our perceptions and emotions, and how will we measure and evaluate concepts like beauty?

To discuss these emergent trends and debates, Hybrid Reality and Science House convened a salon of experts including: James Jorasch, Megan Kingery, and Rita King of Science House;  Katelan Foisy, visual artist and blogger; Daniel Moore, IBM; Greg Lindsay, Fast Company; Lina Srivastava, transmedia consultant; Yael Kanarek, artist and teacher; Wafaa Bilal, New York University; Kyle Munkittrick, Institute of Ethics and Emerging Technologies; Scott Draves, software artist; Isabel Draves, start-up consultant; Shane Hope, artist; Paul Hoffman, journalist and biographer; and Quinn Norton, writer and photographer.

New York – Nanotechnology

February 6, 2011

Enhanced imaging technologies and innovations in systems design at the molecular scale are driving a revolution in nano-technology’s utility across a wide range of disciplines from medicine to engineering. Are we experiencing the nano equivalent of an industrial revolution? What will be the principal applications of nano-tech in the coming years? And who will drive and control nano-tech innovation in the years to come: East or West? The Hybrid Reality Institute hosted a salon with Science House in New York to discuss these questions.

Participants included: Daniel Moore, IBM; Mike Treder, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies; Leslie Brody, Purchase College; Pearl Chin, Nanotech Foresight Institute; Shaifali Puri, Scientists Without Borders; Kumar Bhargava, Pfizer; Angelo Del Parigi, Pfizer; Gerry Ohrstrom, Investor; Jenny Listman, Yale University; Dan Menelly, National Science Foundation; Stuart Dambrot, Futurist; Christopher Robinson, Rockefeller University; Lauren Proctor, Hybrid Reality Institute; Jonathan Grant, Financier; Napier Collyns, Global Business Network; Juliette Powell, Author; James Jorsasch, Science House; and Megan Kingery, Science House.

Video clip from the salon:

Nanotech Salon – February 2011 from Hybrid Reality on Vimeo.

New York – Bioenhancement

November 17, 2010

Breakthroughs in modern medicine will allow us to enhance our bodies and minds beyond what is considered “human” today. What are the medical technologies on the horizon that might turn us into superhumans, and  how should we grapple with the ethical issues that accompany such developments? The Hybrid Reality Institute hosted a salon with Science House in New York to discuss these questions. Participants included: Lee Silver, Professor of Molecular Biology and Public Affairs, Princeton University; Stuart Dambrot, futurist and author; Robert Goldberg, Co-founder and Vice-President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest; S. Matthew Liao, Associate Professor in the Center for Bioethics at NYU; Daniel Moore, Research Scientist and Director, Nanoethics Group; Shaifali Puri, Executive Director of Scientists Without Borders; Laura Baur, MD/PhD candidate in neuroscience at Columbia University; Laure Parsons, Filmmaker, “Acceleration”; James Jorasch, Founder, Science House; and Megan Kingery; Events Manager, Science House.

New York – Citizen 3.0

September 1, 2010

Hybrid Reality and Science House together convened a salon to discuss the impact of technology on citizen activism and innovations in governance. Among the many topics debated were the emergent forms of “We-Government,” new trade-offs between openness and privacy, gaps between educational preparedness and digital opportunity, and multiplying types of identity. Participants included: Andrew Rasiej, Founder, Personal Democracy Forum; Michael Cohen, Senior Fellow, American Security Project and Advisor, Ford Foundation; Matt Waxman, Professor, Columbia Law School; and Ann Lee, Professor of Economics, New York University and Senior Fellow, Demos; James Jorasch, Founder, Science House; and Megan Kingery; Events Manager, Science House.

Los Angeles – Emerging Immersive Realities

August 26, 2010 

Hybrid Reality brought together leading film-makers, online game designers, branding executives, and media personalities to discuss how the construction of ever more immersive realities in influencing real-life behavior, and whether new technologies can re-shape our current social and political dynamics. Participants in the lively Beverly Hills dinner included: Jason Silva and Max Lugavere, film-makers and former Current TV anchors, Barry and Felicia Ptolemy, co-directors of Transcendent Man, Edwin Rosero, graphic interface designer; Charlie Ebersol, television producer/director; Carson Bowley, former interactive design manager at Sony Pictures; Paulynn Cue, curator of the 5D | Design is Change conference; and Grace Kim, branding and movement building consultant.

Tokyo – The Future of Innovation in Japan

August 25, 2010

The Hybrid Reality Institute hosted a salon dinner at the sleek Kimono Wine Bar & Grill in Tokyo’s Roppongi district to debate the future of innovation in Japan. The discussion covered educational and entrepreneurial approaches to stimulating creative business and social innovation. Participants included Daniel Saito, formerly of MySQL; William Saito, President of InTecur; Todd Porter, director of TEDxTokyo; Patrick Newell, founder of the Tokyo International School; Eiji (“AJ”) Hagirawa of the Mitsui Corporation; and Hiro Naguchi, consultant for KACG Global.

Singapore – Social Innovation

August 13, 2010

Hybrid Reality hosted a salon dinner in bustling Singapore on new trends in social entrepreneurship and innovation. Penny Low, a dynamic young Member of Parliament and founder of Singapore’s Social innovation Park, explained her approach to bringing together educators, entrepreneurs, government agencies, and students to promote sustainable enterprise and enhance opportunities for nurturing young talent in the arts. Learn more about Social Innovation Park and its annual Global Social Innovators Forum here.

San Francisco – Trends for the Future

Mar 20, 2010

Monitor 360 hosted a brainstorming breakfast to forecast trends in innovation, social media, nanotechnology, medicine, and how their complex interactions will impact political and economic institutions. Experts included Chris Anderson, Editor of WIRED, Michelle Gonzalez of Apple, Stephen Goodman of Sun Microsystems, Mike Olson, CEO of Profitable Green Strategies, Amy Ovalle, Director of Communications, Asia Foundation, and Rob Hayes of First Round Capital.

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