Television personality, filmmaker and philosopher, Jason Silva was recently described as “part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from The Matrix.” Others have described Jason as “A Digital DJ, a re-vitalizer and remixer of optimism, and above all, a curator: of ideas, of inspiration, and of awe… like a trumpet player or modern-day digital Mingus, he jams, riffs and rhapsodizes through a tumbling thicket of ideas with such a sharp and vital alacrity that it can take the breath away. He’s a modern performance philosopher, reviving the vibe of Tim Leary and Buckminster Fuller and revivifying the dialogue that they started decades ago.”
From 2005 to 2011, Venezuela-born Silva was a presenter on Current TV, the Emmy winning, independent cable network started by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, where he hosted, wrote and produced over 100 hours of original content.
Jason recently launched a series of non-commercial micro-documentaries exploring the co-evolution of human and technology, the latest of which was called “stunning” by TED Conference owner and curator, Chris Anderson. Jason has recently spoken at The Singularity Summit in NYC and his work was featured at The Economist World in 2012 Ideas Festival. In January 2012, Jason will be speaking at the prestigious DLD Digital Life Design Conference in Munich.
Jason has also partnered with Oscar nominated producer Peter Martin to create a feature length 3D Documentary on the technological singularity.
Silva’s work has been featured in The Economist, Vanity Fair, Forbes and Wired, among many others. Silva was also featured as part of the GAP ‘Icons’ campaign.
The Imaginary Foundation wrote of Jason’s most recent talks and short films that, “like some kind of Ontological DJ, he recompiles the source code of western philosophy by mixing and mashing it up into a form of recombinant creativity, which elevates understanding from the dry and prosaic, to a sensual cognitive romance.”
Silva resides in Los Angeles, California and New York City. In 2011 he became a fellow at the Hybrid Reality Institute, examining the symbiosis between man and machine.
The iPhone is essentially an extension of the human mind, and that's totally natural.
We really can make a masterpiece out of our own lives if we so choose.
The marriage of art and science is so crucially important because it extends who and what we are.
By creating ideas, humans achieve immortality.
We do have the capacity to turn our lives into a work of art. And why shouldn't we?
Technology extends our thought, our reach, our vision, helps us transcend our boundaries. I think that's a message everybody can get behind.
Jason Silva is optimistic about the future. His "shots of philosophical espresso" – short, inspiring films on the evolution of humankind and technology – aim to "engineer inspiration." Here, he talks with us about...