Life-changing professor of psychology
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MAY 30-31, 2019 - BUDAPEST
MAY 30-31, 2019 - BUDAPEST
A paleontologist, Sophia's creator and a female imam walk into a bar.
MAY 30-31, 2019 - BUDAPEST
Take some cutting-edge ideas, sharp questions, a pinch of art - and you. Shaken, not stirred.
MAY 30-31, 2019 - BUDAPEST
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Are we getting addicted to information?
Do we have any reason to be optimistic in times of turmoil?
Will our diet destroy the planet?
Will you receive your pension in crypto?
Did we learn enough to avoid a new financial crisis?
Will dinosaurs roam the Earth again?
How to tell the story of Generation Z?
How can we provide a home for a large number of residents in the future?
Can robots provide us with emotional attachment?
Can philosophy save business?
Will science eventually lead to a posthuman era?
Is it time to control mass tourism?
How to live a meaningful life? Who better to tell you than someone who has worked as a dishwasher, beekeeper, mill laborer, railway line worker, among many? Not your typical university professor, Jordan Peterson's favourite sport is winning over modern taboos, and he usually ends up with a knockout. In his latest bestselling book, 12 Rules for Life, he provides an antidote to chaos and gives practical advice to restore meaning in your own life. For example, why don't you start with comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not to someone else?
Can you raise your kids right, excel in multiple careers and still feel fantastic? A strong figure for female empowerment, Maye is a respected dietitian, international model and mother to three successful children, Elon, Kimbal & Tosca. She advocates for healthy eating and lifestyle while challenging the age stereotype within the fashion industry. Listen to Maye, a proud grandmother of 11 and you'll understand how you can make hard work, creative thinking and breaking boundaries traits in your own family. Surely, we couldn't have done it alone. We thank OTP Bank for making this happen.
Remember Dr. Grant from Jurassic Park? What if we told you that he's an actual living person who was the technical adviser of the series? Born, raised and educated in Montana, a Mecca for dinosaur hunters Jack Horner is one of the best-known paleontologists in the world. He is widely known for his discovery of Maiasaura, a dinosaur that backed up the idea that these prehistoric giants were in fact caring parents. But could we recreate them with cutting edge biotechnology?
The founder and leader of the first mosque in Scandinavia with female imams, Sherin is a trained cognitive psychotherapist and founder of The Exitcircle, an NGO against psychological violence. Sherin works to promote a re-reading of the Quran that promotes gender equality and is in balance with our societies. Her latest book is titled Women are the future of Islam. BBC has named her one of 100 most influential female pioneers in the world and in 2018 she received The Global Hope Award- Hero Prize under UNESCO.
Who said there are no polymaths today? Ken, an artist, inventor, writer, researcher and his students pursue research in machine learning in warehouses, homes and operating rooms. He developed the first provably complete algorithms for part feeding and part fixturing and the first robot on the Internet. He has over 250 peer-reviewed publications, 8 U.S. Patents, and his artwork has appeared in 70 exhibits. Ken is a returning speaker at Brain Bar, this time coming with his wife, Tiffany Shlain.
Can an unpleasant experience turn you into an outstanding entrepreneur? Mikaila was four years old when she was stung by two bees in the same week. Rather than being upset with them, she was encouraged to do some research. Upon discovering the bees' important role in our ecosystem, Mikaila was determined to help them: using her Great Granny Helen’s lemonade recipe, she launched her business from her home in Austin, Texas in 2009. Today, her award-winning lemonade is buzzing off the shelves from across the United States.
Why has economic growth only occurred in only a few places? This is where the research of Cesar A. Hidalgo takes off to explain how organizations and nations learn in his bestselling book, Why Information Grows. Hidalgo, who leads the Collective Learning group at MIT Media Lab is also the co-author of The Atlas of Economic Complexity.
Sára is the pioneer of social startups in Hungary. Being passionate about servant leadership, the motivation of millennials and volunteers and developing a strong community, she created the Amigos method. Amigos has made hundreds of hospitalized children smile during its 5 years of existence, by teaching them languages and providing friendship and care.
How does one of the world's most accomplished marketing gurus see our future? Frank Cooper served at Pepsi and BuzzFeed among many, and has been acknowledged by Fast Company magazine as one of the "100 Most Creative People in Business”. Frank is now responsible for shaping the global brand and marketing strategy of BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager.
Robotic lovers, virtual fantasies, long-distance kisses. Welcome to the future of sex. Since launching her top-rated podcast, Bryony has been on stages across the world, defining the direction of sextech for governments, technology and entertainment companies. Her wide body of research and annual report are considered the lead in industry insights.
Is it possible to avoid wars? Only if we acknowledge first that conflict is just around the corner. Growing up in civil war Northern Ireland, Kingsley studied history, politics, and the development of terrorism. As an Army officer, he earned comprehensive experience in facilitating dialogue. He has worked on peace-building programmes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Bahrain, Lebanon, Palestine, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.
Why don't we start saving the environment by eradicating packaging? Rodrigo is the co-founder of Skipping Rock Lab, a startup with the exact same goal. The London-based company, famous for its Edible Water Bottle, won the World Technology Award by Fortune and TIME, and become the WIRED start-up of the year.
How do thinking and talking robots work? Inquire Chief Scientist of Hanson Robotics, the creator of Sophia! Dr. Ben Goertzel is one of the world’s foremost experts in Artificial General Intelligence, a subfield of AI oriented toward creating thinking machines with general cognitive capability at the human level and beyond. He has decades of expertise applying AI to natural language processing, data mining, video gaming, national security and bioinformatics.
Founder and CEO of Myna Mahila Foundation, Suhani's mission is to bring equal access to healthcare services for women in need. Compelled by the stories of the inhabitants of Mumbai’s slums, she has been working on strategies ranging from adolescent girl health, water and sanitation, to social protection policies. Her work has been featured in BBC, Glamour Magazine, TIME Magazine, Huffington Post and Vogue. Suhani is currently pursuing her PhD at Stanford University.
Cosmology has never been funnier than with theoretical astrophysicist Ethan Siegel. He launched Starts With a Bang ten years ago to become one of the top science bloggers reaching millions of readers galaxywide. Ethan has published two books: Beyond the Galaxy sums up the past, present and future of the cosmos and Treknology explains the science behind beaming up Scotty.
If you want to hear a fresh twist on foreign affairs, make sure you listen to Kristina Lunz. An entrepreneur and foreign policy analyst, she worked for the United Nations Development Programme in Myanmar and NYC. Kristina is an award-winning human rights advocate, writer and campaigns consultant. She studied diplomacy, human rights and psychology in Oxford, London and Stanford.
What do Jamaican patties and quantum physics have in common? Not much, but Noma superstar chef David Zilber loves them both. David has worked at Noma since 2014 and has served as director of its fermentation lab since 2016. He has cooked from coast to coast across North America, most notably at Hawksworth Restaurant in Vancouver.
Ever felt maniacally attached to your smartphone? Catch Tiffany, who is currently writing a book about her family’s decade long ritual. They just turn off screens one day each week for what they call their Technology Shabbats. Tiffany serves on the board for both The Center on Media and Child Health at Harvard's Boston Children's Hospital. Her films reached more than 50 million views and have received over 80 awards and she has been honored by Newsweek as one of the Women Shaping the 21st Century.
Why are some strawberries delicious while others are tasteless? This is no joke for a dedicated scientist and biotechnologist like Kevin Folta, who researches the compounds that make this fruit exceptionally tasty. Folta's findings are going to be key in an era where climate change and population growth rules. Especially if we don't want to give up on natural sweets.
Ilona Budapesti has learned her first programming language at the age of 6 later to work for financial giants like Lehman Brothers and PayPal. She has established 1 Million Women To Tech to deliver free coding education to one million women by 2020. Ilona is a practicing Buddhist, researching and producing open source software, books, videos, and awesomely bad quotes.
What can we learn from elite soldiers when it comes to decision making? What does leadership mean in the age of Artificial intelligence? Imre Porkoláb is a master of situations where volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity rule. Perfecting his mindset at top educational institutions like Stanford, Harvard and Sandhurst, Imre is a decorated soldier with operational experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. His international experience is wide-ranging in defence, industry and academia, since he has recently served as the NATO Strategic Commander’s Representative to the Pentagon. Right now he is solving research and development challenges for the Hungarian Defense Forces and building an innovation system to strengthen the national defence industrial base.
Two-thirds of the world population is projected to live in urban areas by 2050. What are our prospects then as city dwellers? Enters Joel Kotkin, America's uber-geographer. His books, like The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050, The City: A Global History and Tribes are dealing with shifts in demographics, ethnicity, religion and identity were published worldwide.
Why are we so anxious about Artificial Intelligence? We fear that super-intelligent machines will decide to eliminate the human species, but professor of economics Gary Smith's new book, The AI Delusion, argues that the real danger is not that computers are actually smarter than us, but that we THINK computers are smarter than us.
If you thought the Middle Ages was a dull period in history full of ignorant peasants and infectious diseases, you're wrong. Oxford and Cambridge-educated science historian James Hannam is here to prove you that the modern world owes much to our predecessors who launched a scientific revolution. His book, God's Philosophers was praised by Nature, New Scientist, Daily Telegraph and The Independent.
Is our future meatless? Jacy is co-founder and Research Director of Sentience Institute, a think tank researching humanity's moral circle. His new book, The End of Animal Farming outlines a roadmap for the transition to an animal-free food system. He is one of the founders of the community of effective altruists - people who use scientific evidence to do the most good in the world.
How should Europe react to the demographic crisis? Katalin is mother of three, a passionate runner, and one of the leading female voices in Hungarian politics. As Minister of State for Family and Youth Affairs she is responsible for shaping the local policy environment to face the demographic challenges of the 21st century.
What drives the future of mobility? Alexander Kotouc is here to show you the forces behind visionary electric vehicles and mobility services, inspiring design and a new understanding of premium based on sustainability. Understand the new trends & technologies with Alexander as you'll soon find them as standards in your car.
A firm believer of self-regulation, Jeffrey is the Vice President of the American Institute for Economic Research, a columnist at Forbes, founder of the Atlanta Bitcoin Embassy, Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Austrian Economics Center in Vienna, Austria, and Research Affiliate for the RMIT University Blockchain Innovation Hub in Melbourne, Australia. He is author of 8 books among which is 'A Beautiful Anarchy: How to Create Your Own Civilization in the Digital Age'.
László is a global pioneer and expert of network science and author of multiple bestsellers. Unveiling the scientific principles that drive success, his trailblazing new book, The Formula, offers a new understanding of how people and teams excel in today's society. On this unique occasion, he will offer you actionable insight into how success is doled out by our society, how bias shapes reward, how success breeds success, how fitness matters, how credit is allocated, and how teams succeed.
What would you ask from the world's first android citizen and robot superstar? Brain Bar 2018 visitors meet Sophia face to face and talk to her about her first memories, whether she would sacrifice herself for a human and we could be more than just friends.
Looking like a futuristic Audrey Hepburn, she grimaces and chuckles, and cracks jokes that make our blood curdle: 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. And as Saudi citizen she has more rights than average flesh and blood Saudi women.
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.
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.
Through his 21-years as an astronaut, Colonel Hadfield has become a worldwide sensation, harnessing the power of social media to make outer space accessible to millions. During his multi-faceted career, Colonel Hadfield has intercepted Soviet bombers in Canadian airspace, lived on the ocean floor, been NASA’s Director of Operations in Russia, and recorded science and music videos seen by hundreds of millions. A heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, and pilot, is also the author of two internationally bestselling books.
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.
Founder and CEO of Robo Garage and professor at the University of Tokyo. Tomotaka creates, designs, and invents unique humanoid robots. Inspired by his childhood obsession with Astroboy and other fictional characters, he believes that unlike cold and uninviting machines, humans can relate to robots only if they have bodies like humans.
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.
Mona Chalabi is a writer, illustrator and presenter who works with data. As well as being the Data Editor at the Guardian, Mona writes a column for New York Magazine that uses statistics to answer reader questions. Her datasketches, have been used by the United Nations and were commended by the Royal Statistical Society. She has presented for National Geographic, the BBC, NPR, First Look Media and VICE. Mona previously worked at the Bank of England, Transparency International and the International Organisation for Migration. Mona likes lists.
Founder and owner of the Tel Aviv Farmers Market (set 2008). The first farmers market in Israel which developed into a chain of farmers markets across the nation and an indoor market “The Port’s Market” in the port of Tel Aviv. The markets are based on the “Slow Food” principles of sustainability, localism, seasonality, small producers and quality of variety and taste. Shir is also writing and lecturing about food innovation and the future of our food system. She has a B.A. in History, a culinary degree from the Cordon Bleu Paris and an MBA specializing in sustainable development.
Megan Miller is cofounder of Bitty Foods, a San Francisco-based company that makes delicious, healthy foods with cricket flour. The name might be Bitty, but their mission is huge— to alleviate stress on the global food system by introducing edible insects as a sustainable protein source to help feed billions of people. Megan’s food innovation work has received accolades in the New York Times, Elle, Vogue, Men’s Health and Outside Magazine, and Bitty Foods was named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant Companies.
Rudi Westendorp is highly engaged in how we as a society view the older people and old age. Graduate of the Leiden University, he is appointed professor of medicine, and head of the Dept. of Gerontology and Geriatrics. He also founded the Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing. His new book deals with a key issue for the 21st century: Combining medical, biological, economic, and sociological insights, Westendorp explores the causes of the ageing revolution and explains how we can greet it with confidence and enjoy leading longer, healthier, and more productive lives than ever before. Author of the book “Growing Older Without Feeling Old: On Vitality and Ageing”.
Eminent writer and philosopher, Prof Sir Roger Scruton has for over three decades taught at institutions on both sides of the Atlantic including Birkbeck College, Boston University, and more recently, the University of Buckingham. He is an author of over forty books. In his work as a philosopher he has specialized in aesthetics with particular attention to music and architecture. He has written several works of fiction, as well as memoirs and essays on topics of general interest. He engages in contemporary political and cultural debates from the standpoint of a conservative thinker and is well known as a powerful polemicist. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the British Academy. He has been officially honoured by the Czech Republic, by the City of Plzen and by Virginia’s General Assembly. In 2004 he received the Ingersoll Weaver Prize for Scholarly Letters. In 2015 he published 3 books all of which were chosen among people’s ‘books of the year’. In 2016 he was recipient of the Polish Lech Kaczynski Foundation’s Medal for Courage and Integrity, was awarded the Italian Masi Prize for the Culture of Wine in recognition of his book I Drink Therefore I Am (Bevo, dunque sono), and was knighted in the Qiueen’s Birthday Honours List.
Niall is Professor of History at Harvard University, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a regular contributor to television and radio on both sides of the Atlantic and a prolific commentator on contemporary politics and economics. His acclaimed books include The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World (also an International Emmy Award-winning PBS/Channel 4 documentary series), and Civilization: The West and the Rest. His most recent book, The Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die, was an immediate New York Times best-seller within a week of its publication.
Born in Transylvania into an aristocratic family Zsolna is one of the bestselling Hungarian authors. Her trilogy focuses on female destinies throughout the Hungarian history. She holds a degree in law and political science, worked as a journalist, correspondent and also edited and hosted various cultural programs on TV.
Alexa Clay is the co-author of the best selling book The Misfit Economy, named the best pre-eminent book to read in 2015 by The World Economic Forum, TechRepublic, The Telegraph and Huffington Post. In the book Alexa interviews over 400 criminals, including Somali Pirates, LA drug dealers, young hackers and NY con artists; and demonstrates that the ingenuity of these misfits have more in common with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs than you might think.
The world's first eating-designer. Having graduated at the Eindhoven Design Academy, she set her mind to creating a new direction in design. After having developed and sold two experimental restaurants in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, she now works on restaurant concepts and long-term medical projects for hospitals. She launched the Dutch Institute of Food&Design last year.
On The Spot is an award-winning documentary series, digging for human stories behind the news with two cameras, without a crew, giving the films extraordinary intimacy and honesty from the revolution in Egypt to earth quakes in Japan. The productions of the experienced digital journalists and creators, Eszter Cseke and András St. Takács, are aired by the Hungarian Public Tv and by Spektrum Tv in Central-Europe. The motto of the series is from Robert Capa, the Hungarian war photographer: "If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough."