Do you have what it takes to speak at TEDxJacksonville? We’re looking for unique voices with insights from a wide range of disciplines, including existing and emerging technology, culture, sustainability, design, education, medicine, science and government, to name a few. When TED was conducting a global talent search for its most recent conference, it compiled the following list that perfectly captures the kind of voices we’re looking for. Which one are you?
This year’s theme is Into the Machine
Today we are in the infancy of a second Machine Age, one with profoundly disruptive potential. Man and machine have melded. Artificial intelligence is real. Virtual communities feel authentic. We enjoy near-boundless access to information that enriches our lives, in exchange for allowing invisible machines to decrypt our every impulse and keystroke.
Our perceptions of reality, our structures of meaning, our sense of identity—all are touched and transformed by the machines we have built to mediate between our world and ourselves. But whether it’s public relations machines curating our culture, or therapeutic implants transforming our biological limitations, or social machines crowdsourcing solutions to intractable problems, we are right to wonder which of us—man or machine—is truly in control.
Machines are the essential engines of our future progress. Advances in manufacturing, communications, computer technology, and processing power will dramatically accelerate the brilliant reinvention of our world, and fundamentally transform our lives. But the question remains: what role will humanity play in this new Age?