UCLA Anderson’s TED Week 2014 kicked off with a leap right into the ideas fray with a discussion on how technology is pushing the boundaries of human achievement. The panel followed a streamed TED2014 talk by Futurist Ray Kurzweil on his latest theories of the mind and how “it's only a matter of time until computers infiltrate human intelligence.”
Panelists, including Bob Foster (’65), UCLA Anderson adjunct professor in Decisions, Operations and Technology Management; Brendon Cassidy, managing partner of digital product and design firm Wilshire Axon; and moderator Faizaan Ghauri (’15) interacted with a packed crowd in the tent in Alumni Square.
Cassidy said he believes society is coming back around to a period of people doing for themselves in a metaphorical equivalent of earlier times. “I believe we’re coming back to the period when the blacksmith and the cobbler are a part of our lives,” he said referring to the “maker” movement.
Professor Foster reminded the crowd that the best way to set yourself up in an entrepreneurial career is easy. “Don’t do anything for the money,” he said. “Do it for passion. It’s real simple.”
Talks and panels continue Tuesday until 9:30 p.m., and include sessions with Larry Page of Google, Twitter Security Maven Del Harvey and an Ideation Workshop led by UCLA Anderson’s Design for America club.
Wednesday’s schedule runs from 10 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. and includes DJ Mark Ronson and happiness expert Dan Gilbert.
Find out more at the Center for MEMES’ TED Week homepage.