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"A Timothy Leary of the Viral Video Age" was how The Atlantic described television personality, media artist, filmmaker and techno-philosopher Jason Silva, who has also been described as "part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from 'The Matrix.'...
The TED Conference called Jason a "Performance Philosopher", others have called Silva 'The new Carl Sagan' for his poetic, impassioned and inspirational take on scientific and technological advancements, his riveting on-stage delivery style, and his hyper-enthusiastic insights on creativity, innovation, technology, philosophy and the human condition.
His non-commercial series of short videos, aptly named 'shots of philosophical espresso', explore the co-evolution of humans and technology and have gone viral with over 2 million views and "play like movie trailers for ideas," according to The Atlantic.
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 more than 100 hours of original content. He left the network to become, according to The Atlantic, "a part-time filmmaker and full-time walking, talking TEDTalk."
At TEDGlobal this past June 2012, Jason premiered "Radical Openness," a new short video, and did a main-stage QA afterwards.
Many have called Silva an "Idea DJ" and a poet, describing him as "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."
An active and prolific speaker, Silva has spoken at TEDGlobal, keynoted at SXSW, spoken 3 times at Google, and keynoted events for Microsoft and IBM and Intel He has also spoken at The Economist Ideas Festival, The Festival of Dangerous Ideas, the DLD Conference in Munich, The Singularity Summit, the PSFK Conference, Mexico's Ciudad De Las Ideas, Chicago Ideas Week and Seattle's Interactive Conference. He has also created videos for Samsung, GE, Adobe and Autodesk.
Jason has presented his work and led discussions at NYC advertising agencies like Berlin/Cameron United, AKQA, and Saatchi and Saatchi's 7x7 event, as well as The Works Agency in Sydney.
Silva has been featured in CBS News, CNN, The Atlantic, The Economist, Vanity Fair, Forbes, Wired, TED.com, IO9, Huffington Post, BigThink, and BrainPickings, and more. Silva was also featured as part of the Gap "Icons" campaign.
Silva resides in New York City and is currently in production hosting the new series BRAIN GAMES for the National Geographic Channel, premiering spring 2013.
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Article in The Atlantic: theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/04/a-timothy-leary-for-the-viral-video-age/255691/
CAA Speakers page: caaspeakers.com/jason-silva/bio