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    1-2 June, 2018 | Corvinus Campus Budapest, Hungary

    The Biggest European
    festival on the future

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    Is Big Data stealing your life?

    Could data influence election success?

    Can we fight against tech monopolies?


    What’s the solution to the migration crisis?

    Will Western civilization survive its inner divisions?

    Does socialism have a future?


    Are superchefs the new heroes?

    Who’ll feed the world in 2050?

    Which trend will revolutionize dining?


    Should we all mine cryptocurrency?

    Can blockchain be a silver-bullet?

    Is frugality a trend or a necessity?


    What if creativity is overrated?

    Why is everybody a fucking entrepreneur?


    Does humanity have a future on Earth?

    Will Mother Nature strike back?

    Should we be afraid of climate migration?


    What’s the future of Hollywood filmmaking?

    Can we fight for freedom with fiction?

    Do games have moral conscience?


    What’s co-living good for?

    What if Hyperloop is a hypermistake?

    How’s tech shaping the future of city life and public spaces?


    Are robots your new family?

    Can we teach AI morality?

    Would you hack your own brainwaves?


    Is tidying up a life-changing magic?

    Can yoga help envision what’s to come?

    Can philosophy save business?


    Would you control robots with your mind?

    Is the future female?

    Why are Silicon Valley billionaires preparing for the Apocalypse?

    Detailed agenda coming in March


    The world's first robot citizen

    Looking like a futuristic Audrey Hepburn, she grimaces and chuckles, and even cracks jokes from time to time: meet Sophia the most advanced creation of Hanson Robotics. The computer-driven media darling has given numerous interviews, sung in a concert, starred in talk shows, and even graced the cover of Elle magazine. Sophia was recently granted Saudi citizenship, gaining more rights than the average woman in the country.

    Nathan Crowley
    Production designer, Interstellar

    Visionary production designer, three times Academy Award nominee. A regular collaborator with Christopher Nolan, Nathan designed the entire Dark Knight Trilogy. His recent projects include Interstellar, Westworld and Dunkirk.

    Margrethe Vestager
    European Commissioner of Competition Policy

    Described by the Economist as 'the rich world’s most powerful trustbuster', and one of the 100 most influential people in 2017 by Time Magazine, Commissioner Vestager has been a professional politician since the age of 21. She brought antitrust charges against Google and initiated investigations against tech giants like Amazon and Apple. She is also a mother of three.

    Kino MacGregor
    International yoga extraordinaire

    With over a million followers on Instagram, Kino’s dharma helps people experience the limitless potential of the human spirit through yoga. Having almost two decades of experience she is one of the few to receive the Certification to teach Ashtanga yoga by its founder.

    Jeffrey Tucker
    Anarcho-capitalist, founder of Liberty.me

    A firm believer of self-regulation, Jeffrey is the Content Director for the Foundation for Economic Education, founder of Liberty.me, a 'social network and online publishing platform for the liberty minded' and the director of a crypoasset hedge fund. He is the author of 'A Beautiful Anarchy: How to Create Your Own Civilization in the Digital Age' among others.

    Azar Nafisi
    Bestselling Author of Reading Lolita in Tehran

    Azar has written on the political implications of literature and culture, and the human rights of Iranian women. Her book, 'Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books' has spent over two years on The New York Times bestseller list, has been translated in 32 languages, and won major literary awards.

    Chris D. Thomas
    Chris D.
    Author of Inheritors of the Earth

    Renowned ecologist and environmentalist Chris gives hope to those who believe that human beings have irrevocably damaged the natural world. Chris shows us that we should not treat the Earth as a faded masterpiece that we need to restore and reminds us that the story of life is the story of change.

    Anna Newell Jones
    Newell Jones
    Economizer genius

    Eight years ago, Anna was suffocating under the weight of debt. She reached a breaking point and took drastic action: by stopping all unnecessary spending she eliminated a debt close to $24,000. Nowadays, Anna is on a mission to help others as the author of 'The Spender’s Guide to Debt-Free Living'.

    Ted Chiang
    Superstar of new millennium sci-fi

    Would you reprogram your own mind? Would you adopt a computer program? Multi-award winning superstar of sci-fi Ted Chiang's 'Story of Your Life' is described by many as the most important collection of short stories in the new millennium.

    Chad Freidrichs
    Director of The Experimental City

    Chad's latest documentary, 'The Experimental City' analyzes the futuristic developments of the past. His earlier film tells how the American city has changed through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development. In addition to making documentaries, he teaches film production and film criticism at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.

    Andrea Osvárt
    Award winning actress & producer

    Working with the greatest film stars and directors was not enough for her: she set up her own film production company and gives her name to ambitious feature films.

    Brian Lainoff
    Saviour of seeds

    How will you get your daily bread and coffee if a nuclear war or a natural disaster strikes? The communications guru of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, the "insurance policy for the world's food supply" will tell you if you can sleep tight.

    Shem Magnezi
    Author of "Fuck You Startup World"

    The man behind the 'Fuck You Startup World' post, a viral and furious anti-Silicon Valley rant. When not publicly melting down, Shem is a senior full stack developer with a decade of experience in various domains.

    Dávid Lakatos
    CPO, Formlabs

    At pioneer 3D printing firm Formlabs, Dávid's team have built everything from figurines to prosthetics that could withstand temperatures up to 290 degrees Celsius. Prior to joining the company he founded Sold, an automated peer-to-peer selling service that was acquired by Dropbox. Dávid was a co-founder of FabLab Budapest.

    Miranda Wang
    Co-founder and CEO, BioCellection

    Instead of sitting by and watching as plastic suffocates us, Miranda's team finds ways to turn waste into raw materials for new products. She has been an entrepreneur since childhood and received BAs in biology, philosophy, and engineering entrepreneurship.

    Vess Popov
    Cambridge University Psychometrics Centre

    Vess is the master of leveraging academic research and commercial insight to transform how we work, shop, move, meet and play. His initiatives aim to ensure citizens retain control over their digital identities. As a lawyer-turned-big data professional, he develops predictive algorithms based on over 6 million users’ data.

    Francis Tseng
    Chief skeptic of Silicon Valley

    What can be so upsetting that it makes you create a game? Francis, a designer and software engineer created a startup simulator called The Founder whose deep cynicism was based on his own experience. He thinks tech companies wield great influence over people’s lives, but don’t always take responsibility for their actions.

    Eliette & Marieke Staub
    Eliette & Marieke
    Switzerland's first KonMari pros

    The Staub twins embody the essence of how the KonMari method can impact one's life: reconnecting with one's self and designing the life one wants. Their objective is to help people live a more simple and happy life through their decluttered, joy-sparking living space.

    Andrew Taggart
    Practical Philosopher

    Do you want to lead the most excellent human life?, asks Andrew of the happiness- and productivity-obsessed Silicon Valley leaders. His answer is that optimizing your life and business is actually a formula for misery. A kind of Chief Philosophy Officer, Andrew summons ancient thinkers to probe eternal questions about a good life.

    Alex Berezow
    Science writer

    Instead of sterile labs, Alex chose the big picture. He is the Senior Fellow of Biomedical Science at the American Council on Science and Health and former founding editor of RealClearScience. Alex enthusiastically opposes Stephen Hawking's predictions about the gloomy future of humanity.

    Troy Evans
    Founder of CommonSpace

    Burnt out by corporate change-management work, Troy started working from home. He learned quickly the value of having a coworking space and that the best versions of ourselves are expressed when we do so in a group. CommonSpace shows a new way of living, working and making connections.

    DJ Nara
    Beast from the East

    The only female hip-hop, RnB, trap, mombathon, future bass DJ in Hungary has a pretty impressive track record. Nominated for the breakthrough act of the year award, she warmed up for superstars like Marshmello, ​The Chainsmokers, Zedd, DMX, Duke Dumont, Wiz Khalifa, Redman, Sean Price and Tyga.

    Marion Smith
    Warrior of anti-communism

    Besides leading an international foundation promoting civic engagement and entrepreneurship, his mission is to keep the memory of victims of communism alive for future generations.

    David OReilly
    3D animation virtuoso

    Video games as philosophy? Sure. Reading the Bible word-for-word backwards for inspiration? This is the surreal world of filmmaker and artist David OReilly, whose 3D animated films recently stormed the world of games and interactive art.

    Antonio García Martínez
    García Martínez
    Sternest critic of the tech world

    Frantic pivots, enthusiastic ass-kissing and excruciating internal politics: welcome to Silicon Valley. Ex-Facebook employee and author of the bestselling 'Chaos Monkeys' Antonio Garcia Martinez wants people to know the Valley isn’t really the way it’s portrayed.

    Zsolna Ugron
    Champion of female empowerment

    By evoking the lives of notable women through history in her bestsellers, she sets an example of integrity and free spirit for 21st century women.

    Mason Bretan
    Music technology whizzkid

    So long, Beethoven. Music technology whizzkid Mason Bretan and his four-armed, marimba-playing robot Shimon have toured the world. The droid not only plays music, but it crafts its own tunes.

    Ryan Sumo
    Moral conscience of the gaming world, founder of Squeaky Wheel

    Forget your first world problems, and see what really matters. Artist of award-winning, cult games Ryan Sumo brings attention to current affairs in developing countries and creates strategy and simulation games that encourage critical thinking.

    Paola Diana
    Glass ceiling cracker

    Trained in martial arts, the entrepreneur, author, activist Paola knows how to fight the impossible. She believes that women will save the world and her mission is to empower and support them.

    Joel Murphy & Andrew Keller
    Joel Murphy &
    Andrew Keller
    Gurus of human-robot interaction

    The engineers of revolutionary brain-computer interface not only imagine a world safe for robots and humans, but aim to radically change the way you can interact with computers by thought recognition devices.

    Eliot Gattegno
    Music aficionado at NYU Shanghai

    A critically acclaimed musician, Eliot is an author, entrepreneur and professor at NYU Shanghai. His mission is to train the next generation of innovators who catalyze the commercialization of university discoveries and bridge the gap between academia and the private sector.

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    The world's greatest masterminds gather in Budapest once again to debate futures. Brain Bar brings together the brightest minds from all over the globe to discuss what's to come. Technology itself is NOT the future. What really matters is the moral choices we make as humans. Critical thinking is in our DNA. We don’t pick sides but explore all scenarios. We don’t care for taboos but stand for open debate. We will inspire and we walk the talk.

    To think about the future
    differently, to think about
    technology differently, to
    think about your place in it.
    That's what Brain Bar does.
    Chris Hadfield
    World's best known
    living astronaut

    Previous speakers

    Niall Ferguson

    A non-engineer maker and robotics enthusiast from Los Angeles. Her widely popular videos have been featured on Wired, Mashable, Business Insider as well as in The Late Show and Conan O Brien. She recently joined TESTED, a team of makers founded by master robot-builder Adam Savage.

    Richard Florida

    Writer, photographer, conservationist, world renowned guru of digital culture. Kevin is founding editor of WIRED magazine, founder of Hackers Conference and author of several books, including 'Out of Control - The New Biology of Machines, Economic and Social Systems'. He was futurist adviser of the movie Minority Report by Steven Spielberg. Kevin's newest book, 'The Inevitable - Understanding The 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future' is a New York Times bestseller. He'll fly in to Brain Bar Budapest straight from Pacifica, California.

    Sugata Mitra

    Founder of Geopolitical Futures and former Founding Chairman of Stratfor. One of the globe's best known intelligence experts and geopolitical forecasters who has correctly predicted world-changing events — including the EU crisis, the Ukraine conflict, and the US-Iranian truce. He is the author of six best-selling books, including "The Next Decade", "The Next 100 Years" and "Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe".

    Neil Harbisson

    Trained in classical ballet and interior design McRae’s artistic study of technology began during her years at Philips Design, where she led the technology company’s far-future research lab. With a broad portfolio that focused on emotional sensing, she developed stretchable electronics and an electronic tattoo. Her range of emotion sensing dresses was awarded TIME’s Best Inventions of 2007. McRae is the inventor of the Swallowable Parfum and has spoken at Tribeca Film Festival, London’s Royal College of Physicians, Royal Albert Hall and BBC World Radio Service.

    Ken Goldberg

    Director of the Center for Complex Network Research at the Northeastern University. His work lead to the discovery of scale-free networks in 1999, and proposed the Barabási-Albert model to explain their widespread emergence in natural, technological and social systems, from the cellular telephone to the WWW or online communities. His best-selling book "Linked: The New Science of Networks" is available in fifteen languages worldwide.

    Tina Saaby

    Neil Harbisson is a Catalan-raised, British-born contemporary artist and cyborg activist best known for having an antenna implanted in his skull and for being officially recognized as a cyborg by a government. The antenna allows him to perceive visible and invisible colours such as infrareds and ultraviolets via sound waves. The antenna’s internet connection allows him to receive colors from space as well as images, videos, music or phone calls directly into his head via external devices such as mobile phones or satellites. Harbisson identifies himself as a cyborg, he feels both his mind and body are united to cybernetics. He doesn’t feel he is using or wearing technology, instead he feels he is technology. His artworks investigate the relationship between colour and sound, experiment the boundaries of human perception and explore the use of artistic expression via sensory extensions. In 2010 he co­-founded the Cyborg Foundation with Moon Ribas, an international organization that aims to help humans become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights and promote cyborgism as a social and artistic movement.

    Niall Ferguson
    The man behind Stanford Prison Experiment

    Professor Zimbardo was born in New York in 1933. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, triple-majoring in Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology. Afterwards, he received his M.S. and Ph.D from Yale University, where his advisor was Neal E. Miller. He taught at Yale, NYU and later at Columbia as well. He joined the Faculty of Psychology at Stanford in 1968. His famous prison experiment is considered to be one of the world’s top ten most famous experiments.

    Richard Florida

    Tina Saaby has been the Chief City Architect at the City of Copenhagen since September 2010. She inspires, facilitates, advices, and coaches the politicians and City Administration. Her responsibility is to help defining architectural guidelines and visions in developing the city based on the Architectural Policy.

    Tina Saaby is also Visiting Professor at Sheffield University and external examiner at University of Roskilde, University of Copenhagen and she is the Chairman of the Advisory board at The Royal Academy of Arts School of Architecture, Design and Conservation.

    Sugata Mitra

    Sugata Mitra is at the forefront of a new approach to education which challenges how we teach today’s children in a technological age. He is Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University, UK and previously a Visiting Professor at MIT in the US. Sugata is currently working on the School in the Cloud, which is the culmination of over a decade of research and observations from all over the world.

    Neil Harbisson

    Food entrepreneur and digital strategist. Her company Bitty Foods is based on the revolutionary idea that insects are the best sustainable source of protein for humans. In 2014, Bitty Foods was named among 'The world's 100 brilliant companies' by the Entrepreneur magazine.

    Ken Goldberg

    A leader on the implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, he is helping build trust to empower future generations. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Kent, for his work at KPMG and the BBC.

    Tina Saaby

    Politician, computer expert and social activist known for co-founding the world's most resilient bittorrent site Pirate Bay. He was imprisoned in 2014 but ran for the European Parliament in the same year, expressing concerns over the centralization of power in the European Union. He also founded Flattr, a Sweden-based microdonation provider and currently works as an artist in residence at the collective of Konsthack.