First round of confirmed speakers for TEDxVienna 2012


This year’s TEDxVienna conference is approaching fast and will be a thought experiment around our technologically minted times. It will be a day of exploration into a not so distant future of INSTANITY. From instant global information exchange to bionics and robotics, we will tackle the upsides and downsides of exponential technology and it’s impact on us. As individuals. As a society. As users. As creators. Alongside numerous interactive hands-on experiences, this investigation will be led by a few exceptional speakers. Here are the first of them:

 

FEDERICO PISTONO

Federico Pistono is an author, social entrepreneur, scientific educator, activist, blogger, and aspiring filmmaker. He is author of the book Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That’s OK: How to Survive the Economic Collapse and be Happy, which explores the impact that technological advances have on our lives, what it means to be happy, and provides suggestions on how to avoid a systemic collapse. He is Co-Founder of WiFli, a benefit corporation that seeks to provide universal access to information and knowledge via the Internet, for every person on the planet, focusing on the disenfranchised in emerging economies. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Verona, he completed the Machine Learning online course at Stanford, and the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University, NASA Ames Research Center. Federico is an award winning blogger/journalist and Italian Ambassador of Singularity University (having co-founded Axelera). He started social movements and non-profits focused on human rights, anti-corruption, environmental sustainability, and innovation for positive social change through exponential technologies. Find out more here

 

DORIAN CREDE

Dorian Credé is founder and chairman of Wikirating, the first non-profit community platform for credit ratings. He studied physics and mathematics and has a Master of Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland. Since more than 12 years he is working in the IT and financial services industry. Find out more here

 

Prof. Dr. JOHN L. CASTI

Dr. Casti received his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Southern California. He worked at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA, and served as a profesor in the USA before becoming one of the first members of the research staff at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna, Austria. He has also been on the faculty of the Technical University of Vienna and the Santa Fe Institute in the USA. He has published eight technical monographs in the area of system theory and mathematical modeling, as well as 12 volumes of popular science, including Paradigms Lost, Complexification, Would-Be Worlds, The Cambridge Quintet, and Mood Matters. His 2012 book, XEVENTS addresses the role complexity overload plays in the creation of potentially life-changing events such as the crash of the Internet or the outbreak of a global pandemic. Dr. Casti is currently Director of The X-Center, a prívate research institute in Vienna focusing on development of tools for anticipation of extreme events in human society. Find out more here

 

We would love to have you joining us on this journey, so check out our Facebook event here and make sure to book your seat here as the number of seats is limited.

 

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