How to Build the Post-Human Brain: South by Southwest Session Will Explore Intersection of Memories and Technology

Featuring speakers from Singularity University, YesVideo, Mayfield Ventures, and Business Insider, ’How To Build the Post-Human Brain’ examines the ability of the human brain to adapt to evolving technology


Santa Clara, CA – WEBWIRE – Thursday, February 13, 2014

As technology advances exponentially, scientists and technologists are questioning: How can the brain keep up with longer life spans, and will we reach memory/sensory overload? These questions and more will be explored in a panel titled ‘How to Build the Post-Human Brain.’ At this year’s South by SouthWest (SXSW) conference.

Selected from over 3300 sessions submitted for SXSW Interactive this year, this session was created by YesVideo and will feature an esteemed panel of science and memory experts. Together, panelists will discuss the projected interdependence between the human brain and technology on Sunday March 9th, at 11:00 AM in the Radisson Town Lake Riverside Ballroom.

Featuring speakers from Singularity UniversityBusiness Insider, and Mayfield Ventures, the panel will examine how technology has helped increase life expectancy rates, and consequently, how the brain will adapt to a lifetime of memories. The session will explore these questions: Will technology eclipse the human brain, or will the human brain simply adapt to technological advances? If humans live longer, how will they store and recall a lifetime worth of memories?

Panel participants include:

Singularity University CEO Daniel Kraft, a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and innovator. Dr. Kraft has over 20 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation. Daniel chairs the Medicine track for Singularity University and is Executive Director for FutureMed, a program that explores convergent, exponentially developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare.

Dr. Kraft recently founded IntelliMedicine, focused on enabling connected, data driven, and integrated personalized medicine. He is also the inventor of the MarrowMiner, an FDA approved device for the minimally invasive harvest of bone marrow, and founded RegenMed Systems, a company developing technologies to enable adult stem cell based regenerative therapies.

Daniel will bring his extensive knowledge of how the human brain functions as well as an incredible grasp on technology and scientific advances to this panel.

 YesVideo CEO Michael Chang, bringing over 15 years of experience in business and technology to YesVideo. He is responsible for defining the company’s market vision and leading his team to continued success by creating innovative products and services for the millions of consumers that YesVideo serves. Previously, Michael cofounded Greystripe, the largest brand focused mobile advertising network, and also served as CEO. Michael holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a BS in EE from Carnegie Mellon University.

Michael will bring a treasure trove of data around how people store and view their own video memories, as well as his long-view on the ’memories market’ and how technology can - and should - change to allow people to re-live their memories on the latest types of devices.

A  Senior Reporter at Business Insider, Alyson Shontell will be moderating the panel having joined the publication in July 2008 as the 6th employee . Alyson primarily covers technology with a focus on startups. She is also the host of Business Insider’s conferences. She has appeared on  CNBC ,  CNN   and  CBC   and interviewed media personalities like Dr. Oz. She graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications where she majored in psychology and advertising.

Alyson will use her background in psychology and her vast knowledge of technology to make this session as rewarding and informational as possible. 

Managing Director at Mayfield Fund, Tim Chang is a proven venture investor and experienced global executive, known for his thought leadership in Gamification, Quantified Self, and Behavioral/Social Science-led Design. He has been named to the Forbes Midas List of Top 100 Tech Investors, as one of CNET’s 12 Most Influential Tech Investors and as a Power Player West, Digital Media and Mobile Power Player by Always On. Tim invests in the mobile, social, adtech, and health 2.0 themes.

Tim will bring his vast experience in the tech world and share how investors view the ’memories market’ and all of the technology / innovation in this space. He will use his understanding of consumer behavior as seen in companies he has invested in as examples of how people interact with technology and how different types of tech affect our behavior patterns. 

Based in Austin, TX, SXSW is the biggest annual interactive and music festival in the world, where music, film, and technologies converge over a span of 10 days. This year, a combined 32, 000 registrants are expected to attend in March.

About YesVideo:

Named by Forbes as one of America’s Most Promising Companies (2014).

YesVideo brings back memories.

Stop and picture your favorite family memories.  Relive them in your mind…the most special moments of life, experienced with the ones you love…. weddings, graduations, birthdays….

But those memories are often being held hostage, with old VHS tapes and film reels collecting dust in closets, attics, basements and garages.

YesVideo can bring back those memories. We turn old family tapes and films into online videos that you can watch and enjoy over and over again on your computer, connected TV, smartphone, or tablet. And, you can also share them by email or on Facebook.

7 million customers have already trusted YesVideo with their favorite video memories. Retailers including Target, Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Costco rely on YesVideo to handle all of their video transfer needs. And once we put your video memories online, they are safe & secure, for good; we will store your videos online for you, for free, forever. 

About Singularity University:

Singularity University, established by the think-tanks of the Silicon Valley, is located in NASA Research Center in California. The University is a central destination for scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and government officials, who want to learn about the latest innovations, exponentially developing technologies and trends like; 3D printing, alternative transportation (e.g. Tesla car) or even space technologies.
Those who meet the tough entrance requirements take part in an extremely intensive training, which includes demanding courses, trips to the biggest enterprises – e.g. Facebook, NASA, Google, Cisco – and visits to the most exciting garage-companies, as well as start-ups in the area. During the courses, students work side-by-side with the biggest names of the Valley. By the end of the 2.5-month program they set up their own businesses, which can get funding from venture capitalists in the area.

About SXSW Interactive (Friday, March 7th – Tuesday, March 11th 2014):

The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery. SXSW® 2011 is sponsored by Miller Lite, Sonicbids, Chevrolet, AOL, IFC, Pepsi, Brisk, Freecreditscore.com, Monster Energy and the Austin Chronicle. Year after year, the event is a launching pad for new creative content. New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz-generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences. Conference panel discussions present a forum for learning, business activity thrives at the SXSW Trade Show: The Exhibition for Creative Industries and global networking opportunities abound. Austin serves as the perfect backdrop for SXSW®, where career development flourishes amid the relaxed atmosphere. Intellectual and creative intermingling among industry leaders continues to spark new ideas and carve the path for the future of each ever-evolving field, long after the events’ conclusion.

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