JASON SILVA (2017)
“We are gods. Our tools make us gods. In symbiosis with our technology, our powers are expanding and so, too, our possibilities.”
Filmmaker, futurist and ‘epiphany addict’ Jason Silva – to put it mildly – likes ideas. He likes their tenacity, their flexibility, their contagious nature, their impact and their ability to expand, procreate, and evolve into new ideas. And he headed to Australia to tell us all about them.
Jason has gained a huge following for his popularising takes on philosophy and the thrilling possibilities of creativity and technology. Through his Shots of Awe video series, Jason serves up invigorating shots of philosophical espresso in a format designed to be short, infectious and easily spread: “Think of them as inspired nuggets of techno-rapture.”
In the collection, Jason invites audiences to share his glee in the rising and wondrous role of technology as it amplifies our intelligence and creativity. As humans put into practice our unique ability of imagining futures and pulling the most delightful version towards us, tech has been key to accelerating the realisation of our imaginings.
“We use our tools to extend our range of possibilities, we use our tools to extend our reach, to extend the impact on our consciousness, to extend our will. Technology is the human imagination turned inside out.”
In both Shots of Awe and Brain Games, his collaboration with National Geographic, Jason has had audiences gawking in amazement at the everyday. He has also spoken for audiences at TED and Festival of Dangerous Ideas, while traditional Q&A audiences clutched their pearls. Like all the best communicators, Jason’s strength is a tangible excitement for his subject matter. In his signature rapid-fire delivery style, he pulls from a vast mental repository of tech knowledge and quotes from fellow futurists and artists to create an exhilarating, immediate experience.
Audiences in Australia & New Zealand have let Jason Silva pull them out of their intellectual comfort zones and launch them into a flight of possibilities.