LAVIN x TED2017: Meet the Talent Taking the Stage
The 2017 TED Conference is kicking off today in Vancouver, and nine members (comprising six mainstage presenters and TED Fellows) of the Lavin brain trust are there to speak in a diverse set of sessions that all center around the theme of this year’s conference: The Future You. Meet the people taking their timely messages west.
Session 1: One Move Ahead
Anab Jain: Jain parses uncertainties around our shared futures to create provocative experiences, tools and tactics that we can adopt today. Jain is also the co-founder of Superflux, a consultancy and a lab that operates in the realm of emerging technologies for business, cultural, and social purposes. It’s a future-facing company, and it’s making big waves.
Titus Kaphar: Kaphar's artworks interact with the history of art by appropriating its styles and
mediums. Working from personal history toward a wider lens—revealing the historically marginalized and erased—he exposes racism, inequality, and a criminal justice system that is anything but just.
Tuesday April 25
Session 3: The Human Response
Martin Ford: Ford imagines what the accelerating progress in robotics and artificial intelligence may mean for the economy, job market and society of the future. In his book Rise of the Robots, Ford looks at how the accelerating pace of new technologies will change, for better and worse, the economy, the job market, the education system, and society at large.
Thursday, April 27
Session 9: It's Personal
Adam Alter: What makes us incessantly check our phones? Alter dives into the fascinating psychology that drives our tech addictions. In his new book, Irresistible, he explores how tech companies and marketers design games, apps, and experiences with predictable human psychology in mind—and how you can direct, and command, attention.
Friday, April 28
Session 11: The Future Us
Emily Esfahani Smith: In her book The Power of Meaning, Esfahani Smith rounds up the latest research—and the words of great thinkers across generations—to argue that the search for meaning is far more fulfilling than the pursuit of personal happiness.