On November 2nd & 3rd, 2016 the world of culture, philosophy, science, technology and storytelling will collide. BRAVE NEW WORLD will be the place for people who want to know what the future holds in store and how this will affect their business, policies and innovations. We want to discuss what ethical and social impact new technologies could have on human life, before the innovations are introduced in society. For example: Will we want to change the way we look if we can design our own body? Or, will privacy become a luxury?
This event is interesting for policy makers, venture capitalists, innovation managers, engineers, government officials, hackers, futurists, gamers, artists, directors, you name it. For two days we will ask questions, discuss and imagine which social challenges could arise with future technologies. We’ll even make a few movies together. This way we’ll not only discuss the future, but build one… or even a few.
At the end of both conference days, two teams of the 48 Hour Film Project will start making their short film in 48 hours, based on the script input of the audience (you!). On 'News' we will announce the six directors and the actors who will play the main character in their films. The four final films will be screened online and at the Leiden International Film Festival.register for the event ›
BRAVE NEW WORLD features world-class speakers who will butt heads in unscripted interviews, presentations and panel discussions, in the fields of art, health, security, education and many more – people who could transform your thinking and better prepare your business or policy making for future innovations.
Below the speakers for this years event.
Maarten is an expert on transformation, disruption and exponential technologies within Deloitte Center for the Edge. The Center, anchored in Silicon Valley, conducts original research and develops substantive points of view for new corporate growth on the intersection of technology, business strategy and human interaction. Maarten’s passion is fuelled especially in areas like Additive Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous driving and the broader societal implications.
Maarten will speak on November 2th 9.50 AM about: how to organize disruptive innovation on the edge of the core business?
Floris’s work involves a new kind of fictional storytelling, often imagining the potential consequences of technological progress. His latest project, ‘The Modular Body’, is an online science fiction story about a modular living organism built from human cells. This story questions: 'shouldn’t we take this opportunity to redesign the human body and make it more efficient?’
Floris will speak on November 2th 10.40 AM about: The Modular Body and the birth of OSCAR; modern Frankenstein.
Robert is a Professor Art and Science Interactions at Leiden University. His focus lies specifically on whether contemporary art can help us shape the juridical and ethical aspects of human dignity in relation to human enhancement. Robert is also director of The Arts and Genomics Centre, which stimulates collaboration among international artists, genomics researchers and life sciences professionals.
Robert will speak on November 2th 11.00 AM about: biotechnology, human dignity and the importance of Art.
Pieter is a hacker, artist, engineer, researcher and teacher driving forward Free & Open Source Technologies as a catalyzer for social innovation. He leads the Open Wetlab, Open Design Lab and Fablab Amsterdam at Waag Society. He is an expert in biological technologies, an award winning entrepreneur and world recognized speaker on Biohacking and DIYBio.
Pieter will be joining the panel discussion on November 2th 11.20 AM about: the future of biotechnology, who's in the lead?
Adam is the director of the Centre for Human Drug Research (CHDR), a research centre for early drug development and proof of concept studies in healthy subjects and patients. He is a professor of Clinical Pharmacology at Leiden University and has a clinical attachment at the department of nephrology at Leiden University Medical Centre. He is an Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
Adam will be joining the panel discussion on November 2th 11.20 AM about: the future of biotechnology, who's in the lead?
Christine is Professor of Developmental Biology at Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands and head of the Department of Anatomy and Embryology. Christine was recently awarded for her research into animal alternatives in research. She co-authored the popular book ‘Stem Cells: scientific facts and fiction’ in 2011 and is editor in chief of the ISSCR journal Stem Cell Reports.
Christine will be joining the panel discussion on November 2th 11.20 AM about: the future of biotechnology, who's in the lead?
Bas is the CEO of BaseClear, a major player in the field of providing genomics and synthetic biology solutions to the international life science community. Within the company the newest technologies on elucidating the code of life are being applied, including whole genome sequencing and bioinformatics. At date BaseClear is mainly active in the genomics of small genomes and has extensive knowledge in metagenomics technology and databasing.
Bas will be joining the panel discussion on November 2th 11.20 AM about: the future of biotechnology, who's in the lead?
Annelien is an Associate Professor Medical Ethics at the UMC Utrecht. She examines how innovations in the (bio)medical sciences and new biomedical technologies, such as genetics, stems cell research, biobanks and Big Data, can be translated in an ethical manner to patientcare and society. Annelien is also a member of the Senate on behalf of D66, whose portfolios includes public health, well-being, sports and privacy.
Annelien will be joining the panel discussion on November 2th 11.20 AM about: the future of biotechnology, who's in the lead?
Ben is a global thought leader on the digital era and big data, highly sought after by publications, governments and business. The BBC presenter, Wired editor, author of five books, futurist, consultant, trend watcher and technologist – the man is prolific – specializes in the effects of the internet on our lives, past, present and future. Fun trivia: Hammersley is responsible for coining the term ‘podcast’.
Ben will speak on November 2th 13.00 PM about: what are the extreme effects of the digital and networked world on business, society, and your life?
Nathaniel is the director of the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). He uses technology to protect vulnerable populations, by pioneering the use of satellite imaging and other remote sensing techniques to document deteriorating humanitarian conditions and collect evidence of alleged mass atrocities.
Nathaniel will speak on November 2th 13.30 PM about: how can technology influence human rights?
Jaya Baloo the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of KPN Telecom in the Netherlands. She won the Cyber Security Executive of the year award in 2015. Working in the information security arena for the past 18 years, she has worked mostly for global telecommunications companies such as Verizon and France Telecom.
Jaya will speak on November 2th 13.50 PM about: how to protect your personal and business data in the future brave new world of quantum proliferation?
George is an editor at the Dutch edition of the well-known popular science magazine New Scientist. He holds a degree in astrophysics and is a self-confessed science fiction enthusiast. In 2015 he published his first popular science book, "Robots, aliens & popcorn". His articles have appeared in (amongst others) NRC, de Volkskrant, de VPRO gids and New Scientist.
George will speak on November 2th 14.30 PM about: what should we do when aliens arrive?
Richard is the co-founder of the 48 Hour Film Project in Amsterdam: a short film competition in which people create a short film in only 48 hours. In 2013 Richard initiated the 48 Days Feature Film Project in which a team of multiple international directors co-create a full feature film in only 48 days: from script to final edit.
Richard will speak on November 2th and 3th 15:30 PM about storytelling.
Freija has been leading strategic foresight projects in various government organisations in the Netherlands. She has worked previously at the OECD strategic foresight unit to design a scenario based policy discussion for the Ministerial Council Meeting. Freija is co-founder and president of the Dutch Future Society, local chapter to the World Future Society. She is part of the ‘Trendrede’, a collective of trend researchers who present an annual trend analysis to contribute to society and the Dutch economy.
Freija will speak on November 2th and 3th 15:30 PM about storytelling.
Jim Stolze is a pioneer and thought leader on digital transformation. His early work got him featured on CNN and brought him an invitation to speak at the TED Conference in California. Ever since he has been a promoter of "Ideas Worth Spreading" kick starting TEDx events in The Netherlands, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean and the United States.
Jim will speak on November 3th 9.40 AM about: Human BAIT. How Blockchain & Artificial Intelligence are taking on the old systems.
Etienne is a scholar, writer – with 5 books to his name – and senior lecturer International Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam, specializing in strategic mass communication. He also teaches courses related to film studies and science fiction and in 2015 he launched CHIFT (Community for Histories of the Future), which studies and stimulates the production of science fiction.
Etienne will speak on November 3th 9.55 AM about: why does our world needs science fiction?
Mark is the author of the best-selling book “An Optimist’s Tour for the Future”. He’s a master of taking very complex subject matter and making it understandable to people who aren’t specialists, without trivialising the subject matter. Besides being a prolific he also advises organisations, helping them to see their role in creating a better future.
Mark will speak on November 3th 10.10 AM about: how wealth, leadership and power will change in the next decade, and how this affects you and your organisation.
Robert is an artist and expert in the field of Virtual Worlds. He is focussed on two aspects within virtual reality. With Beyond Sports, he creates virtual reality solutions for professional sports teams. With Beyond Care, he tries to improve the living conditions of people by means of virtual reality.
Robert will speak on November 3th 11.00 AM about virtual reality: creating new reality for people and brands.
Frank is a professor for Human-Computer Interaction at the Department of Informatics at the University of Hamburg. His research is driven by understanding the human perceptual, cognitive and motor abilities and limitations in order to reform the interaction as well as the experience in computer-mediated realities.
Frank will speak on November 3th 11.30 AM about: the healing and addictive power of virtual reality.
Rachel is a Professor of Experimental Architecture at the Department of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, at Newcastle University. She is a Black Sky Thinker and 2010 Senior TED Fellow who is researching the inner life of “things” seen and unseen. Black Sky Thinking is reaching beyond current frameworks and pre-determined projections, into the terrain of the unknown and bringing this into the present. Photo by Robert Leslie.
Rachel will speak on November 3th 13.00 PM about: how can we combine nature and architecture?
Renowned for his Next Nature philosophy, Koert’s goal is to get a better understanding of our co-evolutionary relation with technology and use it to find a better path for the future. He presents his vision in very diverse forms, with intriguing titles like ‘NANO supermarket’, ‘the cultured meat cookbook’ and ‘Rayfish Footwear’: a fictional company that makes shoes from genetically modified stingray leather.
Koert will speak on November 3th 13.20 PM about: is technology part of our evolution?
In 1968 David Levy bet with four Artificial Intelligence professors that he would not lose a chess match against a computer program within ten years. He won that bet. David is President of the International Computer Games Association, CEO of Retro-Computers Ltd, the company that recently launched the Sinclair Spectrum ZX Vega games console, and the CEO of the London based company Intelligent Toys Ltd.
David will speak on November 3th 13.40 PM about: will we be falling in love with robots?
Bernhard is a lecturer at Leiden University. He is a co-founder and board member of the Leiden Institute for Brain & Cognition (LIBC). His research focuses on cognitive, computational, developmental, neural, and neurochemical mechanisms of human attention and action control, and the role of consciousness therein. Recent work also addresses the role of emotion, creativity, and religion in human cognition, and cognitive robotics.
Bernhard will be joining the panel discussion on November 3th 14.00 PM about: what is the future of human-machine interaction?
Aimee, born in Canada, is an Assistant Professor in Ethics of Technology at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente. In 2015 she was awarded a prestigious Veni grant (NWO) to study the ethical issues of service robots. She has published the book on the subject named ‘Healthcare Robots: Ethics, Design and Implementation’. Viva magazine named her one of the 400 most successful women in the Netherlands under 38.
Aimee will be joining the panel discussion on November 3th 14.00 PM about: what is the future of human-machine interaction?
Eleanor Hancock is a master's student at the University of Liverpool, with a 2:1 in English and Communication studies. Her research interests includes the human relationship with technology, particularly within the sex industry. She also works closely with sex workers in the North West, recording and documenting their experiences and comparing these findings to technological/robot ethics.
Eleanor will be joining the panel discussion on November 3th 14.00 PM about: what is the future of human-machine interaction?
Heuts is the Chief-Editor of Filosifie Magazine. Heuts is especially interested in political and social issues, he recently wrote essays on Big Data and media. He overthinks how the everyday world can be simplified by ideology, technology or media to contradictions like good and bad or useful or useless. Philosophy and journalism are his ways to identify such simplifications and questions.
Leon will speak on November 3th 15.00 PM about: the similarities between great artists and great industrial gurus.
Constant’s ground-breaking work is a reflection – often critical – of the broad cultural and social effect of communication and image processing technologies. From performatively distributing artificial social capital on social media to completing a staff-pick Kickstarter campaign for a hardware start-up called Dulltech™, his work includes websites, performances, routers, installations, startups, armies, and manipulated found images. Prepare to be challenged!
Constant will speak on November 3th 15.20 PM about: it is the role of artists to misuse new technology.
Vos is the host of the TV series ‘My America’, about his experiences as a European living in America. He regularly comments on American political affairs and news for television and radio programs. He’s married to filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. Vos worked as a producer on Alexandra Pelosi’s films. Note: Photo by Nathan Dvir
Michiel Vos is the moderator of Brave New World, he’ll kick off both days at 9.30 AM with a welcome and opening.
At the end of each day we’ll collectively construct a few film scripts about our vision of the future, with the help of film directors and actors. The results will be made into short films within 48 hours. This way we’ll not only discuss the future, but build one… or even a few.
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