Team Human: Douglas Rushkoff and special guests
Join Douglas Rushkoff's Team Human podcast in its first live broadcast event, with guests including Howard Rheingold and Annalee Newitz (Friday), Erik Davis, Lauren McCarthy, and Josette Melchor (Saturday) in no-holds-barred discussions with Rushkoff about what it means to be human in a digital age. This is a live broadcast event. Late guests will be ushered to their seats when the program permits. Doors at 6pm.
Autonomous technologies, runaway markets and weaponized media seem to have overturned civil society, paralyzing our ability to think constructively, connect meaningfully, or act purposefully. Being human is a team sport, and Douglas Rushkoff's Team Human podcast and radio show has been the voice of human intervention in the machine.
Join the party, find the others, throw off the yoke of surveillance and manipulation and celebrate the quirky, anomalous behaviors and approaches that make real people so much more than robots, algorithms, or consumer profiles. This is where the conscious beats the automatic - an opportunity to redesign reality on our own terms.
Come find out what, if anything, makes people different than machines, and how we can fight back against the stultifying effects of digital capitalism run amok. This is the first live gathering of Team Human, our last, best hope for peeps.
Please purchase the ticket for the date you wish to attend. Tickets are $20 per night or $30 for both nights. Ages 18+ to enter and 21+ to drink.
Friday, February 16th, 6pm - 9pm
Howard Rheingold: amplifying minds and pioneering the net
Annalee Newitz: author of Autonomous, founder if i09
Saturday, February 17th, 6pm - 9pm
Erik Davis: author of Techgnosis, scholar of esoteric mysticism
Lauren McCarthy: artist exploring social and interactive systems
Josette Melchor: Founder and Executive Director of Gray Area
Douglas Rushkoff is a writer, documentarian, and lecturer whose work focuses on human autonomy in a digital age. He is the author of fifteen bestselling books on media, technology, and society, including Program or Be Programmed, Present Shock, and Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus. He has made such award-winning PBS Frontline documentaries as Generation Like, Merchants of Cool, and The Persuaders, and is the author of graphic novels including Testament and Aleister & Adolf. Rushkoff is the recipient of the Marshall McLuhan Award for his book Coercion, The Jacques Ellul Award for his documentary The Merchants of Cool, and the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity. Named one of the world’s ten most influential intellectuals by MIT, he is responsible for originating such concepts as “viral media,” “social currency,” and “digital natives.” Today, Dr. Rushkoff serves as Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens, where he recently founded the Laboratory for Digital Humanism and hosts its TeamHuman podcast. He is also a research fellow at the Institute for the Future, and an advisor to Meetup, Shareable, and Codecademy.
I've written books about consciousness (Higher Creativity - 1984 and Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming - 1988), history of mind-amplifying technology (Tools for Thought - 1985 ), Virtual Reality (1991!), the birth of social media (The Virtual Community - 1993!), the social revolutions growing from the hybrid of mobile telephones, digital media, and the Internet (Smart Mobs - 2002!) and social media literacy (Net Smart -- 2012). TED published my e-book about the psycho-social-technological facets of augmenting human intellect (Mind Amplifier -- 2012) Note that two of my books, Tools for Thought and The Virtual Community, have been online for free since 1995. I gave a TED talk in 2005 about the need for an interdisciplinary understanding of cooperation -- viewed nearly a million times. Since that talk, I worked with Institute for the Future to provide resources for cooperation studies and have taught (six times) an online course on cooperation. I also created and facilitated online courses on mind amplifiers and thinking-knowledge tools. I taught (face to face) courses on digital journalism, social media literacies, and social media issues at Berkeley and Stanford for ten years. I instigated a community-created handbook for peer learning, published nearly 100 video interviews and blog posts about digital media and learning innovators, and helped organized a MOOC for connected educators. I've curated links publicly about my topics, and published interviews with curation experts. I've shared my paintings online since 1995. More recently, I've been making magical objects of paint and light, using wood, acrylics, and arduino-controlled LEDs. I was an extraterrestrial anthropologist on the streets of San Francisco in 1977, an investigative video documentary project I hope to continue in 2018.
Mostly I write books of the nonfiction and fiction varieties. My first novel, Autonomous, come out from Tor in September 2017. I'm also the author of Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction (Doubleday and Anchor), which was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize in science. I am currently working on another novel for Tor, as well as a nonfiction book for W.W. Norton about ancient abandoned cities. I'm the founding editor of io9, and was the editor-in-chief of Gizmodo. I'm currently an editor-at-large for Ars Technica, as well as a freelancer for magazines and newspapers. My nonfiction has appeared in Slate, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, The Smithsonian Magazine, The Washington Post, 2600, New Scientist, Technology Review, Popular Science, Discover and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. I'm the co-editor of the essay collection She’s Such A Geek (Seal Press), and author of Pretend We’re Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture (Duke University Press). Formerly, I was a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a lecturer in American Studies at UC Berkeley. I was the recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT, and have a Ph.D. in English and American Studies from UC Berkeley.
Erik Davis is an author, award-winning journalist, podcaster, and lecturer based in San Francisco. His work focuses on the intersection of alternative religion, media, and the popular imagination. He is the author, most recently, of Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica, but is best known for his book TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information, which has been translated into six languages and was recently reissued. He also penned a book on alternative religion in California and short critical volume on Led Zeppelin and magick. Erik’s essays on music, technoculture, and spirituality have appeared in dozens of books and academic collections. Davis has contributed to scores of publications, and has been interviewed by CNN, the BBC, public radio, and the New York Times. Every week, he explores the “cultures of consciousness” on his long-running podcast Expanding Mind, on the Progressive Radio Network. He recently earned his PhD in religious studies at Rice University. His next book, High Weirdness: Drugs, Visions, and Esoterica in the Seventies, will be out next year.
Lauren McCarthy is an artist based in Los Angeles and Brooklyn whose work explores social and technological systems for being a person and interacting with other people. She makes software, performances, videos, and other things on the internet. She is the creator of p5.js. Lauren has exhibited at Ars Electronica, Conflux Festival, SIGGRAPH, LACMA, Onassis Cultural Center, IDFA DocLab, and the Japan Media Arts Festival, and worked on installations for the London Eye and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. She holds an MFA from UCLA and a BS Computer Science and BS Art and Design from MIT. She is an Assistant Professor at UCLA Design Media Arts. She is a Sundance Institute Fellow and was previously a resident at CMU STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Eyebeam, Autodesk, NYU ITP, and Ars Electronica / QUT TRANSMIT³.
Josette Melchor is the Founder of Gray Area Foundation For The Arts, a leading San Francisco non-profit dedicated to applying art and technology to create social and civic impact. As a Community Organizer, she partners with cities to address civic issues through public activations such as the Urban Prototyping Festival. A respected Executive Director, she has implemented sustainable revenue models to stabilize organizations and led fundraising campaigns to revive the historic Grand Theater as an 800 person venue in the Mission District as well as the Oakland Fire Fund to serve hundreds affected by the Ghostship tragedy. As a Curator, Josette instigated the first exhibition that paired artificial neural networks with artists which helped establish the Artists and Machine Intelligence program at Google. She was gifted her first set of turntables at seventeen, which inspired her to DJ and develop an eclectic collection of music at the confluence of disco, techno and house. Her selections are influenced by over fourteen years of large-scale media arts production and relationships with well known music producers. She has led the development of hundreds of creative technology projects utilizing cutting edge technologies and alongside work at Gray Area is starting an experiential media studio Dreamboat with a small team of artists. In other words, Josette Melchor is a Human classified as a Community Organizer, Curator, Entrepreneur, DJ, Queer Mexican Woman programming life at the intersection of art and technology based in San Francisco. She founded Gray Area Foundation for the Arts– a leading nonprofit media arts center– more than a decade ago and is driven to serve diverse audiences with her work. She has also worked with notable designers and interdisciplinary research centers including: MIT Senseable City Lab, Institute of Computer Sound and Technology, Stamen Design, Code for America; artists C.E.B Reas, Robert Hodgin, Aaron Koblin, Camille Utterback, and many more. She has spoken at DLD, PICNIC, TEDx Silicon Valley, Art Center College of Design, and Stanford. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Burning Man Project and The Processing Foundation. You can visit her website here: josettemelchor.com