On June 8th, we welcome technology leader, inventor, startup founder, Angel Investor, Science Fiction and Futurist Author Ramez Naam. One of our most accomplished speakers visiting NYC from his Seattle home-base.
Please note our venue has changed to CoLab-Factory at 14 Dekalb Avenue - 3rd floor in Downtown Brooklyn:
See their site for a 50% off summer membership offer.
The event is no longer at Huge due to circumstances beyond our control.
Here’s his speech description and more about this "renaissance man" presenter:
Exponential Disruption & Exponential Organizations
We're living in the age of exponential technologies: Computing, AI, machine learning, robotics, self-driving cars, 3D printing, drones, virtual reality, augmented reality, and more. The sudden surge of their performance threatens to disrupt businesses. The only way to respond is to re-organize for the exponential age.
Topics covered include:
- What all exponential technologies have in common.
- The phases of disruption of exponential tech: Digitization, Dematerialization, Demonitization, and Democratization
- How Digitization transforms scarcity to abundance for consumers – and disrupts producers
- Success and failure stories, from Kodak to AirBnB, Uber, Tesla, and more.
- How Corporate Immune Systems suppress disruptive ideas in large organizations.
- The principles of Exponential Organizations: I.D.E.A.S. and S.C.A.L.E.
- How successful businesses have used these principles to thrive.
- How to nurture Exponential Organization concepts at the edges of your business.
About Ramez Naam:
Ramez Naam was born in Cairo, Egypt, and came to the US at the age of 3. He’s a computer scientist, futurist, angel investor, and award-winning author.
Ramez spent 13 years at Microsoft, where he led teams developing early versions of Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer, and the Bing search engine. His career has focused on bringing advanced collaboration, communication, and information retrieval capabilities to roughly one billion people around the world, and took him to the role of Partner and Director of Program Management within Microsoft, with deep experience leading teams working on cutting edge technologies such as machine learning, search, massive scale services, and artificial intelligence.
Between stints at Microsoft, Ramez founded and ran Apex NanoTechnologies, the world’s first company devoted entirely to software tools to accelerate molecular design. He holds 19 patents related to search engines, information retrieval, web browsing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
Ramez is also the award-winning author of five books:
Nexus, Crux, and Apex (fiction). This trilogy of philosophical science fiction thrillers look at the impact of an increasingly plausible technology that could link human minds, and the impact such a technology could have on society and on the human condition, for both good and ill. Along the way, issues of civil liberties, surveillance, Buddhist conceptions of mind, and responsibilities of scientists to society are explored. Nexus was optioned for a film by Paramount pictures and director Darren Aronofsky (The Black Swan). The books have won the Prometheus Award, the Endeavour Award, been listed as a Best Novel of the Year by NPR, and have been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke and Philip K. Dick awards.
The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet (non-fiction), which looks at the environmental and natural resource challenges of climate change, energy, water, and food, and charts a course to meet those challenges by investing in the scientific and technological innovation needed to overcome them, and by changing our policies to encourage both conservation and critical innovations.
More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement (non-fiction), which looks at the science of enhancing the human mind, body, and lifespan, and the effects that will have on society. Ramez was awarded the H.G. Wells Award for his work on More Than Human.
Ramez lectures on energy, environment, and innovation at Singularity University. He invests in innovative energy startups. He’s spoken to audiences on four continents, from Illinois to Istanbul and from corporate boardrooms to Harvard University.
In his leisure, Ramez has climbed mountains, descended into icy crevasses, chased sharks through their native domain, backpacked through remote corners of China, and ridden his bicycle down hundreds of miles of the Vietnam coast.
More About Ramez:
http://rameznaam.com/Speaking/ (lots of videos, articles)
Ramez will also speak at Exponential Finance on Tuesday June 7th: https://exponential.singularityu.org/finance/
Replacement Venue is Colab Factory at the foot of Brooklyn Fulton Mall. Date is remains June 8. Refreshments and food included in admission. Ramez's books are available for purchase/signing.
RSVP Here: http://www.meetup.com/BLKNY30/events/231015237/
Admission: $5 Cash
About Our Host Venue - The CoLab-Factory:
The CoLab-Factory is a coworking and shared office environment containing conference rooms, a classroom, a café, lounges and more than 20 offices. In addition, we offer classes in entrepreneurship, startup creation, stress management and confidence building at CoLab-Factory University. We also feature a stellar list of performers at our CoLab-Factory Sound Stage and our CoLab-Factory Gallery Space showcases art exhibits from local artists. In honor of our first summer in Brooklyn, we are offering 50% off of new memberships for June, July and August! Come down, take a tour, and become a member! 14 Dekalb Ave 3rd Floor Brooklyn NY [masked] [masked]