TEDxParkKultury: “Human 2112”

April 9, 2012, 14:00 conference

On April 9th Digital October held TEDxParkKultury “Human 2 1 1 2” conference.

Man in 100 years is a formula with a multitude of unknown quantities. Will he still be a human the way we understand it? There are four generations separating us from this time – our great-grandchildren will live in 2112. Technologies are ever-changing – how will they influence our relations? How will people receive information? What values will there be? How will brands transform? How will they interact with people?

This conference was a generator of new ideas. Our aim was to extend boundaries of environmental perception, get our attendees to know new ideas and technologies, inspire them to the search for new solutions and experiments so as to move forward instead of going with the flow into the river of the past. Don’t wait for the future, create it.

We invited experts in economics, social studies, IT, psychology, design and media in order to address the issue from various aspects and have a look at the world from a different perspective. Reputable speakers from Great Britain, Japan, Netherlands and USA as well as renowned and young Russian scientists and artists shared the new and significant information in their own areas.

The conference was supported by Leo Burnett Moscow – a creative agency that shares TED values in spreading advanced knowledge and ideas that inspire, stimulate innovative thinking and change people and the world.



Mikhail Burtsev

PhD, research scientist at Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics of RAS, head of the Laboratory of Neurointelligence and Neuromorphic Systems of the Kurchatovsky Center for Nano, Bio, Info and Cognitive Technologies. His main subject-matter is artificial life. The main questions are how life evolves into artificial forms of existence and how quick it will be. Moral evolution – values are changing faster and faster every day; if technologies enable easy “editing” of the individual inborn and acquired human experience, what changes in personal and moral values do we need to be prepared for?

Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka, Japan)

Professor of the department of systems innovation in the Graduate School of Engineering Science in the University of Osaka and head of the group of the Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory in the Research Institute for Telecommunications. Author of more than 300 publications in the leading journals such The International Journal of Robotics Research and IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. His scientific interests lie in the area of sensor systems and interactive robots. Lately, he has concentrated on creation of anthropomorphic robots (Robovie, Repliee, Geminoid, Telenoid and Elfoid); Discovery, NHK and BBC have repeatedly spoken of them. Recently, Geminoid F robot has become an actor of “Sayonara” (Good-bye) theatrical production.

Dmitry and Elena Kavarga

One of very few Russian artists who specialize in high-tech arts. The most significant works of the recent years have become possible due to the synthesis of science and art and co-operation between scientists and engineers. Installations and objects imply a biological feedback; they respond to the touch, rhythm of human blood flow, voice, breathing and state of mind.

Pavel Luksha

Professor of practice and director for implementation of corporate educational programs of the SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management. He has been the initiator and independent member of the Board of the Club of Directors for Innovations and R&D (all-Russian professional organization in R&D and innovations in Russia’s largest corporations) and a member of the Expert Committee of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives at the Russian Federation Government and leader of the Agency project for creation of the foresight of competences in top-priority branches of economy till 2030. Besides, he is the co-author of the foresight “Education 2030” and new foresight technique called Rapid Foresight.

David Orrell (Oxford, Great Britain)

Applied mathematician and the author of factual books. The key subject-matter of his research is prediction in such areas as genetics and economics. Recently, he had been specifically focused on biology and economics and consulting in systemic mathematical prediction. His works have been translated into a number of languages, whereas his book “The Future of Everything: The Science of Prediction” has become a bestseller in Canada and has obtained the award “National Business Book 2011”. He was a guest of such reputable mass media as TV channel CBC and radio BBC, his interviews were published by New Scientist, London’s Financial Times, Adbusters.

Mark Renshaw (Chicago, USA)

Director for Innovations of Leo Burnett. Leader in digital and innovative marketing over the last 20 years. His role is more than simple – help use up-to-date technologies. Having started his career in a Sydney office, he was a pioneer in creation of integrated interactive campaigns for the Olympics, P&G, Kellogg’s; he continued in Asia (Singapore), where he introduced innovative marketing solutions for P&G, McDonalds, General Motors, Tiger Beers, HP. Now, he works for Leo Burnett, Chicago. He managed development of the Сomment Ad project – an innovative interactive advertising format for interaction between brands and people in Facebook.

Daan Roosengaarde (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

Artist, architect, creative director of Studio Roosengaarde; he specializes in “tactile high-tech” and studies interactive relations between the space, technology and man. He creates interactive landscapes that respond to sound and motion. Daan is the winner of many design awards. His works have been displayed in Tate Modern (London), National Museum in Tokyo, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, etc.

Timur Schukin

PhD (Psychology) in psychophysiology, coordinator of the social movement ”Russia 2045”, participant of science-art projects in interactive sculpture as a co-author and scientific consultant. One of the key topics of his studies is symbiotic mind (result of combination of human mind and artificial systems), which will further provide for immense opportunities; for instance, a part of memory will be recorded on “external disks”.

Alexander Vartanov

Lecturer of psychology department of M.V. Lomonosov’s MSU (department of psychophysiology). His interests include human brain and the way it works, namely, cognitive processes (perception, memory, imagination, speech understanding). He is the author of the methods for automated diagnosis of the human knowledge structure.

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