Pax Solaria and Spry Group combine forces Sept. 24, 2016 from 2:30pm -8pm to bring you: Future of Humanity Conference: The Digital Divide. Spry Group is proud to be a title sponsor of this Pax Solaria event on innovative technology held at Arts on Site (near St. Mark’s in Manhattan).
To kick off the launch of their new monthly online publication, Pax Solaria is hosting a one-day event with panels, lectures by innovative experts, immersive art and good company. We’ll be exploring what the future means from a human perspective – not just what technologies will take us there– but deeper philosophical questions about sentience, communication, arts and ethics for this new era. The afterparty offers gourmet food, open bar, dancefloor and music. This year’s panel topics, speakers, art installations, menu and playtests are listed below:
2:30pm “Politics & Technology: The Data Arms Race,” moderated by Ben Yee with panelists Erika Whillas and Al Benninghoff.
4:00pm “Science & Innovation: Improving Access to Science Education and Resources,” moderated by Michael Watson with panelists Lou Auguste, Dhaval Palsana, Amy Kraft, & Jeff Gomez.
5:30pm “Storytelling & Experience: Creating Cultural Communities,” with panelists Lee-Sean Huang, Jen Begeal & Miguel Sanchez, moderated by Caitlin Burns
2:30pm- 6:30pm Exhibits are open with immersive Art, Installations, unreleased Games & VR Experiences like:
- “SAY OUR NAME” for Gear 360 is an immersive hip-hop dance piece filmed on the streets of New York City engaging the viewer to look into the eyes of the people.
- a LIVE Playtest of Cardboard City by Double Eye Productions offers a hands-on interactive installation that blends virtual reality, augmented reality and user-generated content with the story of 300 artists.
- In/Formation by Datavized is explored through 3D 360-degree video, a live-action virtual reality experience and immersive documentary that investigates the medium of Virtual Reality and creative use of the technology to build empathy and new forms of storytelling.
6:30pm Keynote by Dr. Peter Asaro - “The New School Campaign to Stop Killer Robots” will discuss artificial intelligence and robotics as a form of digital media, and the ways in which technology mediates social relations and shapes our experience of the world.
7:30pm AfterParty offers open bar, gourmet food, and dancefloor featuring music by DJ Mamajuana (BP² , Konkrete Jungle OG, Big Juana Sound) who plays dubwise, drum & bass, and ragga beats.
Menu by Chef Jessica Alfreds, featuring farm-to-fork favorites like:
- Bocaditos, Cuban Tea Sandwiches (easy light bites on soft rolls and bread, filled with assorted spreads such as a traditional Cuban olive tapenade.)
- Pulled Pork Tacos (Made to order with toppings like guacamole and salsa verde)
- Falafel Cups (two falafels on top of homemade hummus, garnished with raw veggies)
We’re are happy to announce Erek Tinker’s new venture, Pax Solaria. We’re sad to see him go. He was an important voice in our leadership and the chief creator of relationships for our company. In his own words,
“I realized that my passion was for producing original content, the aspects of Pax Solaria I focus on in my free time… it became clear to me that I needed to move in that direction. What I learned, at Spry, empowered me to take that step.” – Erek Tinker, Pax Solaria, Founder
We wish him the best of success. We look forward to coming together for this year’s “Future of Humanity Conference,” encouraging innovation and connecting our community to connect with leading thinkers and doers at the intersection of technology and society.
In this installment, Pax Solaria explores “The Digital Divide”. Who gets access to the future? How are technologies changing our society? In what ways are they improving access to resources? Is there an unfair advantage for early adopters and technologists? We live in a time of great technological advancement that is changing every aspect of our lives. We are innovating new technologies at a rapid pace and are changing ourselves as we adapt. Computing has put powerful tools in our pockets that allow us unprecedented access to information on a daily basis. Biotechnology and computing are converging. Automation is destroying jobs at a fantastic clip, while our policymakers are out of touch with the rapid changes. The sharing economy is altering the way we do business, creating massive sales channels that enrich a few while spreading out access to labor that didn’t exist before.
Emerging technologies can challenge our basic assumptions about human society. We cannot avoid a high tech society, but we can come together to shape it. Join us this Saturday as we envision ways to make it happen.
Pax Solaria - Future of Humanity Conference - The Digital Divide - Sept. 24, 2016
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