TEDxSiliconAlley with Ray Kurzweil & Juan Enriquez, music by Jon Carin of Pink Floyd

TEDxSiliconAlley with Ray Kurzweil & Juan Enriquez, music by Jon Carin of Pink Floyd

Bre Pettis, CEO of Makerbot; Francesca Ferrando, Posthuman Philosopher;, Ken Segall, Creative Director of Apple's 'Think Different';, Jincey Lumpkin, Esq. CEO & Chief Sexy Officer of Juicy Pink Box.

Mon, December 3, 2012

9:30 am

Terminal 5

New York, NY


This event is all ages

TEDxSiliconAlley with Ray Kurzweil & Juan Enriquez, music by Jon Carin of Pink Floyd
TEDxSiliconAlley with Ray Kurzweil & Juan Enriquez, music by Jon Carin of Pink Floyd
In his first appearance in New York City after the release of, How to Create a Mind, his first book since his New York Times bestseller, The Singularity is Near, the aurthor, inventor, author, and futurist, Ray Kurzweil will be joined by biotech venture capitalist, international bestselling author, and futurist, Juan Enriquez. There will be lectures by Bre Pettis, Francesca Ferrando, Ken Segall and Jincey Lumpkin. There will be talks by leaders from eight New York mobile and geo-location based tech startups. All talks will be inspired by the theme, “Rise of the Machines.” There will be entertainment: a screening of the Sundance award winning short, TOMO and a live performance by keyboardist Jon Carin of Pink Floyd. An art exhibit curated has been upon the theme.

Ray Kurzweil
For almost half a century, Ray Kurzweil has been one of, if not the most prolific inventor of our modern era. He invented the flatbed scanner, optical character recognition software, and the first text to speech synthesizer. He founded Kurzweil Keyboards at the instigation of Stevie Wonder. He created the first commercially viable speech recognition software. He is the recipient of over 20 honorary doctorates, and has been honored by three U.S. Presidents. Bill Gates has called Ray, “the best person I know at predicting the future.” In 1999 Ray published his book, The Age of Spiritual Machines, sending shockwaves through the artificial intelligence research community. He followed that with his 2005 classic, The Singularity is Near, that reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list. His predictions on the exponential pace of technological advancement and resulting wave of intelligent machines, culminating in a convergence of humanity and our technology, has become a phenomenon. In 2009 Google partnered with NASA and other sponsors to found Singularity University, with crash courses in GNR technologies (genetics, nanotechnology and robotics).

On November 13, 2012 Ray Kurzweil released his next book in seven years, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed. TEDxSiliconAlley will be Ray’s first public appearance in New York City after the release of his new book.

Juan Enriquez
Bestselling author, businessman, and academic, Juan Enriquez is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on the economic and political impacts of life sciences. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Biotechonomy LLC, a life sciences research and investment firm. He was the Founding Director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project, and author of the global bestseller As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth. His most recent book, Homo Evolutis: Please Meet the Next Human Species, was co-written with Harvard Medical School Professor, Steve Gullans.

A four time TED speaker, and one of the most watched TED speakers of all time, WIRED Magazine calls Juan Enriquez, “Darwin for the DNA age.” Juan argues that our current state of only one homonid species is an anomaly. There have been up to seven known homonids, and at one time there were six simultaniously. Given that having a variety of homonids has been the rule, and our current state the exception, we may now be witnessing evolution in real time.

Jon Carin
Jon Carin is among the world’s most accomplished rock-and-roll keyboardist. Perhaps most known today as the keyboardist for Roger Waters, Jon joined Pink Floyd in the 80s and shares song writing credit with David Gilmour on Learning to Fly.

Jon has also been very active outside of the Pink Floyd sphere. Among his more noteworthy projects, in the 80s Jon Carin played keyboards for Bryan Ferry, and then joined The Psychedelic Furs for the albums All Of This And Nothing and Midnight To Midnight as well as keyboards on the Pretty In Pink single. Vocalist Richard Butler has continued to collaborate with Jon Carin in his post Psychedelic Furs career, including Jon’s producer, co-arrangement and co-song-writing credits on Butler’s 2008 self titled solo release. In 1996 Jon joined The Who for their Quadrophenia live tour. Jon has continued to perform with The Who in live performances since then, as well as with Who guitarist Pete Townshend on solo projects.

Jon Carin has recently completed 2012 North American tour dates with Roger Waters, performing The Wall.

Bre Pettis
Bre can be seen featured on the October 2012 cover of WIRED Magazine. A TED Fellow, Bre is the Founder and CEO of Makerbot, a New York based 3D printer for the home. WIRED Magazine says of Makerbot's newest model, the Replicator 2, "This machine will change the world." He is also a Founder of New York maker collective, NYCResistor.

Francesca Ferrando
Philosopher of Post Human Culture, visiting scholar at Columbia University, and doctoral candidate at University of Rome. Francesca is a #1 bestselling author in her home country of Italy.

Ken Segall
Former Executive Creative Director of the Apple account at Chiat Day, Ken moved with Steve Jobs to Apple from NeXT Systems, where he was brought on to be creative lead of Apple's advertising account. Ken lead the "Think Different" campaign, and famously coined the name "iMac" resulting in Apple famous "i" product branding. Ken is the author of, Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success.

Jincey Lumpkin
Sometimes called "The Lesbian Hugh Hefner," Jincey Lumpkin is an attorney & entrepreneur, sex columnist for the Huffington Post, GLBT advocate, feminist, Harvard guest lecturer, and the CEO and Chief Sexy Officer of lesbian erotica brand, Juicy Pink Box.

TOMO is creation of director and special effects artist, Paul Catling. It won the Jury Prize for Best Film Short, at Sundance.

There will be eight founders of New York mobile and geo-location based tech startups, including Jason Sosa, Founder & CEO, Immersive Labs; Vivian Rosenthal, Founder & CEO, GoldRun; Ori Inbar, Co-Founder, Ogmento; Vanessa Dawson, New Business Development, DOM & TOM; Ding Ding, Founder & CEO, TunTunTuTu; Foy Savas, Co-Founder & CEO, Loudly; Sameer Parekh, Founder, Falkor Systems; and Jim Kovach, COO, CrowdOptic.

Lora Kolodny
Lora Kolodny covers tech startups and venture capital for Dow Jones Newswire and WSJ.com. She has previously written for TechCrunch, Fast Company and The New York Times online.
Venue Information:
Terminal 5
610 W 56th St
New York, NY, 10019