Keynote speech at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas – which took place at the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House.
“Part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from ‘The Matrix.’…”
JASON SILVA is an extraordinary new breed of philosopher who meshes philosophical wisdom of the ages with an infectious optimism for the future. Combining intriguing insights and a mastery of digital filmmaking, Jason delivers philosophical shots of espresso, which unravel the incredible possibilities the future has to offer the human race.
Called the “Timothy Leary of the Viral Video Age” by The Atlantic, and a “Performance Philosopher” by the TED Conference, Jason draws from his experiences as a television personality, a media artist, a filmmaker, and a techno-philosopher to share his inspirational take on scientific and technological advancements, the evolution of intelligence, and the human condition. Using his series of short videos, which The Atlantic described as “movie trailers for ideas,” Jason explores the co-evolution of humans and technology. His videos have garnered over 2 million views.
Jason’s work is a kind of “existential jazz,” a fan says, “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.”
The Imaginary Foundation says, “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.”
Join Jason Silva every week as he freestyles his way into the complex systems of society, technology and human existence and discusses the truth and beauty of science in a form of existential jazz. New episodes every Tuesday.
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