Thinking Machines: Into the Future
Join us for this upcoming program and networking night, beginning at 6pm with a viewing of the special exhibition Cult of the Machine. At 7 pm, the conversation begins in Koret Auditorium. Continue the discussion and mingle at our cash bar (drinks and snacks) from 8–9:30 pm.
How is the confluence of varied technologies changing social and economic realities now and into the future? What are some of the areas of greatest innovation and influence? How can automation augment human capacity? Do we need to fear the future?
Join us for the next program in the Thinking Machines conversation series, featuring Tim O’Reilly, CEO and founder of O’Reilly Media. Steven Johnson, bestselling author of eleven books, including Where Good Ideas Come From, and host of PBS series How We Got To Now. Tim O’Reilly, CEO and founder of O’Reilly Media and author of WTF? What's the Future and Why It's Up To Us.
Steven Johnson is the author of eleven books that take an interdisciplinary approach to the discussion of science, technology, and innovation. He was chosen by Prospect magazine as one of the Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future, and The Wall Street Journal called him “one of the most persuasive advocates for the role of collaboration in innovation.”
His forthcoming book, Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most (Sep. 2018) examines consequential once-in-lifetime decisions; the ones that affect our lives for years, or centuries, to come. Farsighted draws lessons from cognitive science, social psychology, military strategy, environmental planning, and great works of literature.
Steven's work on the history of innovation inspired the Emmy-nominated six-part series on PBS, HOW WE GOT TO NOW with Steven Johnson, and the accompanying book, which debuted at #4 on the New York Times bestseller list. Other books include Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, Emergence and Future Perfect. An innovator himself, Steven has co-created three influential sites: the pioneering online magazine FEED, the Webby-Award-winning community site, Plastic.com, and the hyperlocal media site — outside.in. He is a regular contributor to Wired magazine, as well as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other periodicals.
See his TED talk.
Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc. His original business plan was simply “interesting work for interesting people,” and that’s worked out pretty well. O’Reilly Media delivers online learning, publishes books, runs conferences, urges companies to create more value than they capture, and tries to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators. Tim has a history of convening conversations that reshape the computer industry. In 1998, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on, and helped the business world understand its importance. In 2004, with the Web 2.0 Summit, he defined how “Web 2.0” represented not only the resurgence of the web after the dot com bust, but a new model for the computer industry, based on big data, collective intelligence, and the internet as a platform. In 2009, with his “Gov 2.0 Summit,” he framed a conversation about the modernization of government technology that has shaped policy and spawned initiatives at the Federal, State, and local level, and around the world. He has now turned his attention to implications of AI, the on-demand economy, and other technologies that are transforming the nature of work and the future shape of the business world. This is the subject of his new book from Harper Business, WTF: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us. In addition to his role at O’Reilly Media, Tim is a partner at early stage venture firm O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV) and on the boards of Maker Media (which was spun out from O’Reilly Media in 2012), Code for America, PeerJ, Civis Analytics, and PopVox.
$20 Members | $25 non-members
Thinking Machines at the de Young is made possible with support from AppDynamics, VSCO, and The Molly and David Wadhwani Foundation.