TEDxVienna INSTANITY 2012 – Thank you!

In case you missed it, we will tell you now how 
Instanity happened on the 3rd of November at the Odeon Theater in Vienna: an infusion of instant and insane technology, amazing talks that fired up the crowd and raised a storm of applause, some inspiring networking sessions, a bunch of new ideas worth spreading coming from our guests, a book swap that promised to ignite your inspiration and a great deal of new friendships! 

If we should summarize it in just one word, TEDxVienna Instanity was all about… YOU! Thus, nobody can tell the story better than you did. Follow the tweets, relive the event and find out how others have experienced it!

Welcome to INSTANITY

Enthusiasm was on its way to Instanity, first thing in the morning! We threw you into the mix, the moment you stepped into the theater!

The venue was ready to host Instanity, an amalgam of vintage, technology, modernity and colors that gloried the simultaneously thrilling and meaty sessions of talks!

Being inspired by amazing speakers

Feredico Pistono broke the ice and conquered the stage in just a few seconds. Talking about one of the most controversial issues of a world overloaded by technology, “Robots will steal your job”, he pictured an insane world where exponential technological growth might lead to collapse. Luckily, he had some solutions: we can´t change exponential technology and limited resources, but what we can change are our values towards open source, DYI and more resilient systems.

Dr. Julia PittersAssistant Professor at the Webster University, continues on the idea of how technology can make us happy by underlying the advantages and disadvantages of a four dimension system: autonomy, competence, relatedness and self-esteem. If we know how to handle technological developments for our own benefit and keep them under control, we can reach happiness.

Coming from a city with no public library (Klagenfurt, Austria) but aware of the instane opportunities offered by technology, inspired Georg Holzer to come up with the idea of a project called pingeb.org. His system is meant to help us find a way through the enormous amount of digital knowledge out there that will in the future double every week. Using NFC (near field communication) technology, pingeb.org helps anyone with a smartphone discover virtual books, local artists and all other sorts of digital content. We wish Georg and his team to spread their awesome idea around the globe.

Tom Bieling, founder of the Institute of Applied Fantasies, has learnt throughout his experience that social change is strongly connected to design. At TEDxVienna Instanity he has shared the secret behind it: social change happens especially when designers focus their attention on minorities. Design engages the reconfiguration of normality and it allows technical and social innovation to gain more value if the diversity produced be minorities is integrated.

Nowadays technology is always superseded, that’s why Albert Frantz relies on art to become our cultural legacy. In a world where our minds are constantly at war, suppressed between senses and reasons, we value originality and creativity the most. He shared with us an inspirational principle applicable in art and design: minimum amount of complexity to provide the maximum of effectiveness. The Instanity we currently live in should challenge us to give much more thought of our cultural legacy through art and science because they make us human.  

The world’s unpredictability and Instanity has motivated Dr. John L. Casti to propose a new paradigm: Context – X-Event – Rebirth. The complexity overload of today’s multi-layered systems risks causing ignorance of problems which leads to the collapse of the system under they own overweight. Even our world is currently in freefall, without any knowledge of where we’re going to end up. The news is not that bad though because crashes, however uncomfortable they are, they are the foundation of rethinking and redesigning  our social orders on a long term. Japan after Fukushima, for instance is currently up for re-examination generating new types of freedom.

Wolfie Christl brought Gamification on the stage of Instanity with an honest advice to everybody: “find out all the dirty details about the world”! Data Dealer is a project that brings personal data upfront. Everybody knows by now: digital communication is indeed a benefit, it connects us, in facilitates the exchange of knowledge, but what about digital monitoring? Wolfie Christl made us more aware of it and also advised us to keep our eyes on who does what with our personal data.

Jan Torgersen, presented a new printing technology called two-photon polymerization with great impact on different fields. Ever thought that somebody might be able one day to create artificial organs directly inside of a patient with no invasive surgery? Well, his technology allows that and it’s called: tissue engineering. But the applications don’t stop here and Jan Torgersen encourages the scientists within us to be creative and move further with technology based on already existing one.

Kyle Ruddickstarts with a participatory experiment of the crowd: “Keep jumping and make eye contact with the persons around you”. We can tell you that he was pretty successful! A small example of collective work. Similar to this idea, his project One day on earth was born as a creative community model of stories of simple people (not users of the social network) around the world. Connecting the world in a new way was the main purpose and 3.000 hours of footage in 95 languages was the proof it worked. An idea, determination and people’s hunger for collaboration is a way of going beyond technology!

Heather Kelley, a media artist, curator, and game designer presented a whole new perspective on games as one of the most important and profound form of culture in the 21st century. Experiencing games has reached a whole new stylish, collaborative and personal level and it pops up the question: How does cultural context influence games?

Dorian Crede, founder of Wikirating, managed to get passed the global vision of credit ratings done by experienced credit rating agencies. Their lack of transparency and independence triggered the need of a wiki-based method of credit ratings done by people around the world and the differences in views are enormous. The more, the merrier: Dorian Crede invites everyone to join Wikirating to prove once again the intelligence of the crowd and generate accurate credit ratings for every country.

Technological developments led to computers change from just an entry point for accessing the network of knowledge to a network of machines, information and people. This shift has generated a new type of interaction. Niall Murphy, one of the founders of EVRYTHNG, the Internet of Things, described the up-scaling fidelity with which we are reproducing the physical world into the digital one. Similar to Holzer’s pingeb.org project, he gives an example: “we point the phone to a real object, scan it, identify it online and start interacting with its identity that brings the functionality of that physical object. We therefore start thinking of the things around us as potential interaction objects”. That’s INSTANITY! Privacy, security and responsibility are the consequences of a technology we create ourselves but feel uncomfortable with because of the loss of control and uncertainty of how much we can rely on technology.

Ed Neumeister
did the most unexpected thing with the crowd. He transformed us into a real choir that he beautifully conducted for a couple of minutes. Focus, trust and clear intentions were the main ingredients that he magically implemented in every each of us after just some minutes of talking. Stay tuned and you’ll see his and our brilliant performance!

But that was not everything! You also got to see three inspiring TED Talks that underlined INSTANITY and that you can watch again here, here and here.

Discovering instane technology

In the spirit of our generation – Everything noweverybody got the chance to personally experience technological breakthroughs, from the cute humanoid robot NAO, the new way of interacting with digital content brought in by John Robie to the fascinating new world created within the awesome hackerplace Metalab where emo-solarrobotflowers escape light, instantly 3D printed objects come to life and the real world is captured beautifully by polaroid enthusiasts. And that’s not all: we promised you will be able to control objects with your own mere thoughts and g.tec made it possible! From now on the Austrian political sphere has a trustworthy guardian designed by Super Fi: the Politometer!

Instane ideas spread by our guests 

A bunch of brave guests have shared their ideas in 3 minutes! We will soon publish them within our community and you’ll get to choose which one of them will be a speaker at one of our upcoming events! Stay tuned and be inspired!

Networking has found its place at TEDxVienna Instanity

We are happy to have met great people and enjoyed interesting conversations that inspired us to already think of and plan the next event! Inspiration, curiosity and great fun were powered up by our partners and sponsors that we sincerely address our big THANKS to: The Ring Vienna’s Casual Luxury Hotel, Super-Fi, Kochabo, Ströck, Coffeeshop Company, All I Need, Heineken, housemädchen and many others.

Dear friends, we applaud your curiosity, courage, open minds, cheerfulness and support! Until next time, keep your INSTANITY!


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