consciousness & technology Collide
I have extensive experience speaking and teaching on the topics of Buddhism, meditation, consciousness, & technology in our information-rich contemporary society. Here are some recent talks & workshops I’ve offered:
Mind Training AM
LMHQ | New York, New York
A Rebellion in 3 Acts
PopTech 18: Rebellion | Camden, Maine
Buddhism and the Internet of Things
SXSW Interactive | Austin, Texas
Buddhist Geeks Conference | Boulder, Colorado
Uniting Technology and Wisdom
Pacific Asia Museum | Pasadena, California
Oh, and here are some events I’ll be participating in soon.
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2016 Talk Themes
The following are themes for talks/ideas I’m focusing on in 2016:
When Meditation, Technology, & Science Converge
As the fields of contemplation, science, and technology rapidly converge we’re seeing the emergence of a new class of contemplative technologies. Powered by the development of video games, virtual reality, neuro-headsets, cheap sensors, the IoT (‘internet of things’), and a deepening understanding of the science of contemplation this talk seeks to peer into the future and see what mind-bending and transformative technologies may be on the horizon. It will also consider the potential complications that come along with these developments and how they may affect society-at-large.
A Practical Method for Reprogramming the Mind
If we look at meditation--and mindfulness as one of its core aspects--as a way of programming the mind it becomes helpful to explore the different ways we can reprogram our reality. In this talk we’ll explore multiple training paradigms that come from both the Buddhist and Mindfulness traditions. We’ll look at how the perspective of each is different and why they’re designed to lead to different results. For those attending the talk we’ll explore how our own intentions line up with these different training paradigms and consider ways we want to change how we’re practicing.
The Ubiquitous Sangha
Transcending Place with Virtual & Augmented Reality
The maturing of Virtual & Augmented Reality technologies alongside the development of next-generation gigabit communications networks will by the end of this decade enable a new way for a vast number of human beings to communicate and interact together in communities of practice. It will also totally disrupt and deconstruct the old paradigm of geographically-based sanghas. When geographical communities can share everything they’re doing virtually and cloud-based one can upload into immersive environments that are increasingly indistinguishable from their physical counterparts we will see the arising of ubiquitous sanghas. What will these everywhere-existing sanghas look like and how will we understand the 3rd jewel of Buddhism in the 21st century?