Technology is targeted to affect our behavior, from phone notifications to purchase page optimizations. What happens when the user interface is inches from our head?
In this event, they will discuss the impact UX has on behavior and how it might affect us in VR. Then, dive into power structures and business models in software (corporations, open source projects, etc). Prepare for a lively discussion about the future, grounded in what we know about the present.
- Tristan Harris, technologist & product philosopher
- Android Jones, digital painter & experience artist
- Jacob Mullins, entrepreneur, and organizer of VR Tuesday
- Moderated by Michael Morgenstern, VR film director & coder
6:30pm Doors Open
7:30pm Panel Discussion
About the Panelists:
== Tristan Harris ==
Tristan is a design thinker, philosopher, and entrepreneur. He was a Design Ethicist and Product Philosopher at Google, where he studied how technology influences a billion users’ attention, well-being, and behavior. He is now a leader in the "Time Well Spent" movement for technology designed to enhance our humanity over additional screen time.
Tristan's work has been featured in the Atlantic magazine, 1843 Economist Magazine, NYTimes, Der Spiegel, New York Review of Books, TED, Rue89 and more. Previously, Tristan was CEO and Co-Founder of Apture, which Google acquired in 2011.
He holds several patents from his work at Apple, Wikia, Apture and Google. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Computer Science, focused on Human Computer Interaction.
== Android Jones ==
Best described as a “digital painter,” Jones has become well known for his many layered, psychedelic works and lives performances using a custom built digital set up. In 2016, Android co-founded Vision Agency, a Virtual Reality development house focusing on user generated, creative VR experiences. Their first application, Microdose VR has been used for large-scale, live projections in the US and China and continues to push the boundaries of human/VR collaboration.
At the center of his work are spirituality and altered states of consciousness. He is determined to alter the viewer’s perception, pushing the boundaries of the imagination through the use of innovative media forms.
Android participated in the Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Tour and his work has been projected on the Sydney Opera House and the Empire State Building. A long time member of the Burning Man community, he has traveled the world exhibiting his work and has contributed to events on 6 continents.
Jones attended the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota FL, where he trained in traditional academic drawing/painting and animation. He interned at George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic. He now lives in his hometown of Lyons, maintaining a large art studio in a repurposed barn.
== Jacob Mullins ==
Jacob is the Organizer of VR Tuesday and an Entrepreneur in Residence with Shasta Ventures focused on the VR & AR industries.
He is the CEO & Founder of Exitround.com, a software-powered network for mergers & acquisitions, and has held roles at VentureBeat and Microsoft BizSpark. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.
== Michael Morgenstern ==
Michael is a filmmaker, artist, and coder, creating narrative films and experiences, commercials, organizations, and events.
Michael's films include Lily in the Grinder, a visual meditation on sex, death, existence, Shabbat Dinner, a comedy about coming out, and Love is All Around: A 360º Horror Story, recently completed in collaboration with YouTube Studios. He blends psychological, aesthetic, and technical understanding to create his films, which have screened in over 70 film festivals worldwide, one winning finalist status with HBO Project Greenlight.
Michael started Nametag Day, an international day of nametag-wearing which transformed New York into Burning Man for a day and Let's Take Action, an organization supporting racial justice groups in SF. He created Search is Back, a Facebook search tool with over one million users. He has written about film & technology for The Guardian, Huffington Post, NoFilmSchool, and Indiewire, and has had work in The New York Times, TIME Magazine, AM New York, and CBS. He was a visiting scholar at FAMU Directing Program in Prague and holds a B.A. from Brown University.