Talks for Good: Can tech lead society for the better?
Nine paramount thinkers of the 21st century: Afdhel Aziz, Joel Cuello, Keren Elazari, Juan Enriquez, Aubrey de Grey, Robin Chase, Ramez Naam, Amy Jo and Brent Bushnell delve into current social, ethical and economic challenges of our century.
Can tech lead society for the better?
Afdhel Aziz | The power of purpose
“We are at a crossroads: either we can try to prop up the old, broken marketing model, or we can create a new model, one that is fit for the unique challenges of today” says Afdhel Aziz, Founder and Chief Purpose Officer Conspiracy of Love. Passionate about brands and culture as forces for good and co-author of the book ‘Good is the new cool: Market like you give a damn’, he is the man pushing the cultural revolution around business as a force of good since 2016.
Joel Cuello | The future of Food Supply Chain
“We need innovative technology to create and add value towards advancing the long term sustainability of the food supply“ says Joel Coello, globally recognized expert in the engineering of sustainable biological and agricultural systems and Professor of Biosystems Engineering and Director of the Global Initiative for Strategic Agriculture in Dry Lands (GISAD) at the University of Arizona. Hot news today, in a crisis that has fostered a radical shift in supply chains and the imperative to rethink the future of food production.
Keren Elazari | The future of Cybersecurity
“Study everything from the hackers around the world, both the criminals, the malicious hackers and the friendly hackers. This last are actually making all of us much safer” says Keren Elazari, globally recognized Cyber Security Analyst, Author, Researcher & strategic analyst. She is the founder of Israel’s largest hacker community event (BSidesTLV) and sheds light on the relationships between hackers, industries and governments, in a context of dangerous epidemic of misinformation and cyberthreats.
Juan Enriquez | Evolving Ourselves
“We’ve learned gene coding well so we re-tool the immune system of the body to fight cancer or gene diseases. And this is just the beginning” says Juan Enriquez, Co-founder, Synthetic Genomics Inc. Managing Director, Excel Venture Management and co-author of “Evolving ourselves: How Unnatural selection and Nonrandom Mutation are changing life on earth”. He is a world leading authority on the uses and benefits of genomic research. When one thinks of superpowers, nothing exceeds the ability to map, understand and re-design life. A breath of hope for humanity.
Aubrey de Grey | Rejuvenation biotechnology
“We are doing something which for very long time was believed to be unpractical”, says Aubrey de Grey, Chief Science Officer at SENS Research Foundation, that combats aging process. Biomedical gerontologist, he is also VP of New Technology Discovery at AgeX Therapeutics and a pioneer of characterizing all types of self-inflicted cellular molecular damage of aging and the design of interventions to repair it. Regenerative medicine and other new medicines will eventually be so comprehensive that people will stay truly youthful forever.
Robin Chase | The Future of Mobility
“Do you expect to live for ten more years? If so, you should care about your future. It’s something that is not far away and getting worse every day” says Robin Chase, Co-founder of Zipcar, the largest car-sharing company in the world. Thanks to her work, the sharing economy is a reality and her next challenge entails working with cities to maximize the transformation possible with the introduction of self-driving cars. Re-inventing capitalism is possible.
Ramez Naam | The Clean Energy Revolution
“Clean energy, mobility and industry will be cheaper than fossil fuels”, says Ramez Naam, Co-Chair, Energy & Enviro at Singularity University. His career has focused on bringing advanced collaboration, communication and information retrieval capabilities to roughly one billion people around the world, that took him to the role of partner and director of program management within Microsoft. Seems clean energy technologies are here to stay, for good.
Amy Jo Martin | Renegades write the rules
“Humans connect with humans, not with logos. That’s the return on influence”, says NYT Bestselling author Amy Jo Martin. Author of New York Times best-seller Renegades Write the Rules, and host of the acclaimed Why not Now? Podcast, Amy Jo Martin is founder of one of the first social media agencies, Digital Royalty, to help corporations and sports entities humanize their brands through communication channels.
Brent Bushnell | Immersive technologies
“All the immersive technologies are making everything more available. The most immersive, the most exciting, and these tools can be applied everywhere” says Brent Bushnell, CEO of Two Bit Circus, an LA based experiential entertainment company. The interdisciplinary team strives to create immersive, social fun and operates a network of micro-amusement parks, demonstrating immersive technologies are already changing more industries than you think.
An original content by NTT Disruption in collaboration with NTT DATA.
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