Ahead of the Curve

Technologies that Could Save the World

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM

The Assemblage John Street
17 John Street, New York, New York 10038

For better and worse the modern world revolves around science and technology. The spirit of innovation that brought us cures for many diseases is the same that has initiated our current climate crisis.

The solution to our world’s pressing concerns are not obvious or easy to achieve. While we can’t expect a sudden shift in human behavior and societal forces, what we can do is seek to make use of technological innovation as a means to save the world. Together we can discern how to best harness these technologies to help us address climate change, avoid viral pandemics, generate truly renewable energy, solve the clean water crisis, feed the world with less suffering and more nutrition, build virtual worlds, and even explore consciousness.

Join us as we once again visit the future, and see what’s ahead of the curve.

Tickets: $40 / free for The Assemblage members.

Jim Clark

About the Speakers

Stephen Cass
Stephen Cass an award-winning Irish science and technology writer and editor. He has spent the last twenty years in the U.S. working for magazines such as Discover and MIT Technology Review, with his work also appearing in publications such as Popular Science and Nautilus. He is currently a senior editor with IEEE Spectrum, the flagship publication of the world’s largest international technology organization. He specializes in space and electrotechnologies.
Cass has also edited critically regarded anthologies of hard science fiction and is the co-author of two “Hollyweird Science” books about how science and engineering is translated to the screen.

Nadja Oertelt
Nadja Oertelt is the CEO and co-founder of Massive Science, a company that works directly with scientists and companies to translate cutting edge research into actionable stories and media . She is a former published research scientist and an award-winning science media producer. She spent over a decade making a feature documentary film and over three years creating one of the largest (and first) massive online neuroscience courses for Harvard. She works at the intersection of science, art, storytelling and technology. Nadja’s mission is to create agency in scientific spaces.

Bahar Gholipour
Bahar Gholipour is a neuroscientist and science journalist writing about the brain, genetics and AI for publications such as Science, WIRED, New York Magazine and Scientific American. She is also the founding editor of Braindecoder, and an occasional producer, most recently for Attention Wars, a series for PBS.

Jim Clark
Jim Clark is a serial social entrepreneur, consultant, and catalyst. Best known as Founder/CEO of the World Technology Network, an association of 1,500+ of the world’s top sci-tech innovators. Appointed at age 22 to the faculty at Harvard, where he launched his first venture, Clark next served as Director for the Non-Profit Sector & National Service for Bill Clinton’s first Presidential campaign, after which he started one of the first Internet consulting firms, whose main client was AOL. Appointed in the 2016 presidential campaign to lead the Democratic Party’s National Task Force for America’s Future, he has worked on various pro-democracy initiatives, most notably as Chairman of Hamilton Electors. He also co-curates a monthly dinner series, as well as this speaker series at The Assemblage. A single father of two college-age women and a performing poet, he likes to think he never gives up.

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