The Singularity Is Where? Technological Acceleration, the Future of Civilization and the "Far Antipodes" of the Mind
An Evening with Daniel Pinchbeck and Jason Silva
"A Timothy Leary of the Viral Video Age" was how The Atlantic described television personality, media artist, filmmaker and techno-philosopher Jason Silva, who has also been described as "part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from The Matrix..." The TED Conference called Jason a "Performance Philosopher."
His non-commercial series of short videos, aptly named 'shots of philosophical espresso', explore the co-evolution of humans and technology and have gone viral with over 2 million views and"play like movie trailers for ideas," according to The Atlantic.
From 2005 to 2011, Venezuela-born Silva was a presenter on Current TV, the Emmy-winning, independent cable network started by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, where he hosted, wrote and produced more than 100 hours of original content. He left the network to become, according to The Atlantic, "a part-time filmmaker and full-time walking, talking TEDTalk."
At TEDGlobal this past June 2012, Jason premiered "Radical Openness," a new short video, and did a main-stage QA afterwards. Many have called Silva an "Idea DJ" and a poet, describing him as "a re-vitalizer and remixer of optimism, and above all, a curator: of ideas, of inspiration, and of awe... like a trumpet player or modern-day digital Mingus, he jams, riffs and rhapsodizes through a tumbling thicket of ideas with such a sharp and vital alacrity that it can take the breath away."
Jason has keynoted events for Intel, Microsoft, IBM, SXSW and many others. He is also hosting the new TV series Brain Games on National Geographic Channel premiering this April.
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