Innovation Hub
Innovation Hub
Oct 30, 2020
How Big Tech is Pushing Artists Out of Work
23 min

The pandemic has made life as an artist hard — real hard. Museums and studios have closed, live shows have been canceled and concerts have been pushed online. But according to William Deresiewicz, this is just the most recent act in a long, profound shift in the arts.

Deresiewicz, a former English professor at Yale University and author of “The Death of the Artist: How Creators Are Struggling to Survive in the Age of Billionaires and Big Tech,” says the digital age has devastated and demonetized the arts — whether that’s music, videos, visual art or the written word. We’re facing the loss of the moderately successful artist and “you can’t have even the stars without an ecosystem that supports them,” he says. So where does that leave us?

Future Positive
Future Positive
XPRIZE Foundation
Collaboration. The Superpower of the 21st Century
Collaboration. The Superpower of the 21st Century  XPRIZE convenes the world’s brightest minds to help solve some of the most pressing challenges, and for this special Giving Tuesday episode, we’re taking a look back at 2020 with avid entrepreneur, philanthropist and XPRIZE Trustee Paresh Ghelani; physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and Chair of the XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance Task Force Daniel Kraft; and Sonny Kohli, co-founder and Chief Medical Officer at CloudDX, a co-winner of the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a Fast Company "World Changing Idea" finalist. Paresh, Daniel and Sonny look back at the year to share their personal stories, recounting how they collaborated their own work in unexpected ways, to fight one of the most pressing challenges of our time, COVID-19. With real world impact including $1M Next Gen Mask Challenge, XPRIZE Rapid COVID Testing, and more, we’ll explore the origin story of the Pandemic Alliance and provide highlights of what our partners and our ecosystem have accomplished and where we’re headed into 2021. Paresh Ghelani is an avid entrepreneur and philanthropist who focuses on solving problems through innovation and entrepreneurship. He is currently active in building and investing in Moon Express, Viome Inc, DTV Motor Corporation, Ferrate Treatment Technologies, Casepoint, Radimmune Therapeutics. He believes in investing and mentoring companies and entrepreneurs who are taking moon shots and changing the world by building breakthrough technologies. One of Paresh’s passion project as a philanthropist is XPRIZE Foundation which leads the world in solving grand challenges through incentive prize. Paresh along with Ratan Tata and Naveen Jain also brought the XPRIZE foundation to India to solve India’s greatest challenges like health, sanitation, women’s safety, access to clean water, waste management, and other challenges. Truly living by his motto, “work hard in silence and let your success be the noise”, Paresh has successfully founded and built the 2020 Company LLC , from the ground up from 1 to 1000+ employees, providing the US government advance technology in education, defense, and healthcare space. The successful company was later acquired by a private equity firm. Prior to the 2020 Company LLC, Paresh had founded and successfully built two other companies in the technology field. Through his body of work and achievements Paresh sets an example as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and also is an inspiration to young aspiring entrepreneur around the world who are on a mission to make a positive impact on humanity moving forward. Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator and is serving as the Chair of the XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance Task Force.  With over 25 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation, Kraft has chaired the Medicine for Singularity University  since its inception in 2008, and is founder and chair of Exponential Medicine, a program that explores convergent, rapidly developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare. Following undergraduate degrees from Brown University and medical school at Stanford, Daniel was Board Certified in both Internal Medicine & Pediatrics after completing a Harvard residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital & Boston Children's Hospital, and fellowships in hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplantation at Stanford. He is often called upon to speak to the future of health, medicine and technology and has given 5 TED and TEDMED Talks.He has multiple scientific publications and medical device, immunology and stem cell related patents through faculty positions with Stanford University School of Medicine and as clinical faculty for the pediatric bone marrow transplantation service at University of California San Francisco. Daniel is a member of the Kaufman Fellows Society (Class 13) and member of the Inaugural (2015) class of the Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship. Daniel's academic research has focused on: stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, stem cell derived immunotherapies for cancer, bioengineering human T-cell differentiation, and humanized animal models. His research has been published in journals that include Nature and Science. His clinical work has focuses on: bone marrow / hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for malignant and non-malignant diseases in adults and children, medical devices to enable stem cell based regenerative medicine, including marrow derived stem cell harvesting, processing and delivery. He also implemented the first text-paging system at Stanford Hospital. He is heavily involved in digital health, founded Digital.Health, and is on the board of and advises several digital health related startups.  Daniel recently founded IntelliMedicine, focused on personalized, data driven, precision medicine. He is also the inventor of the MarrowMiner, an FDA approved device for the minimally invasive harvest of bone marrow, and founded RegenMed Systems, a company developing technologies to enable adult stem cell based regenerative therapies. Daniel is an avid pilot and has served in the Massachusetts and California Air National Guard as an officer and flight surgeon with F-15 & F-16 fighter Squadrons. He has conducted research on aerospace medicine that was published with NASA, with whom he was a finalist for astronaut selection. Sonny is an attending Physician in Intensive Care and Internal Medicine at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) of Medicine at McMaster University. In 2008/09, Sonny was an Astronaut Candidate at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) where he was awarded a Scholarship to the Johnson Space Center. Links: See for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 7 min
Behavioral Grooves Podcast
Behavioral Grooves Podcast
Kurt Nelson, PhD and Tim Houlihan
Cornelia Walther on POZE: Pause, Observe, Zoom in, and Experience
Cornelia Walther has spent most of her professional career with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Program (WFP). She was the head of communications in large-scale emergencies in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. She earned her PhD in Law and is a certified yoga instructor and her current work is a remarkable amalgam of her studies and her life’s journey. In recent years, she developed POZE as a way of exploring the world to help uncover deeper levels of happiness. (POZE is an opening spiral that can stand for, among a few things, to Pause for a moment, Observe what’s going on around you, Zoom in on yourself, and Experience what is going on in the world.) These are wise and weighty thoughts and we thoroughly enjoyed our conversation with her. We also discussed how we are all interconnected – that your world and my world may be very different, yet we share connections if we only give ourselves the chance to experience them. The hope is that we recognize this connectedness – both at a personal level and at a larger global level – and bring greater meaning and happiness to our lives through this connectedness. One of our favorite lines from our discussion with Cornelia was this: “So driven was I by the craving for some thing or another, that I omitted to savor the beauty of now.” We all need to take a moment, pause, and savor the beauty of now. © 2020 Behavioral Grooves Links Cornelia Walther: POZE: Gary Latham, PhD, Episode 147: Creole Language: Brad Shuck, PhD, Episode 91: Development, Humanitarian Aid and Social Welfare. Social Change from the Inside Out (May 2020): Humanitarian Work, Social Change, and Human behavior. Compassion for Change (June 2020): Development and Connection in times of Covid. Corona’s Call for Conscious Choices (October 2020): Social Change from the Inside Out. From Fixation to Foundation. From Competition to Change: From Individual wellbeing to collective welfare: Musical Links Pink “So What”: Verdi, “Aida”: Dvorak, “Symphony of the New World”: Beatles, “Don’t Let Me Down”: Depeche Mode, “People Are People”: Mariza, “Quem Me Dera”: Ayub Ogada, “Kothbiro”: Giberto Gil: Fabiano do Nascimento, “Nana”: Tim Sparks, “Klezmer Medley”:
1 hr 13 min
The Pulse
The Pulse
The Puzzle of Personality
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Open to new experiences, or comforted by routine? Shy or the life of the party? Figuring out what makes us tick is an important part of understanding how we function within our families, communities, and workplaces. Thousands of tests online promise to assess your personality — but what are they actually measuring? Where does personality come from, how does it form, and where does it live? On this episode, we explore the science behind how we become who we are. We hear stories about what makes for a healthy personality, how our brains betray who we are, and why we change depending on who we’re with. Also heard on this week’s episode: * Reporter Jad Sleiman explores how advances in brain imaging are bolstering the science behind personality research — including the famous “Big Five” personality test. Neuroscientists Colin DeYoung and Emily Finn talk test scores and brain mapping. * Countless self-help books promise to turn us into the kind of people we want to be. But what exactly is a healthy personality — and is it even possible to change? To find out, Alan Yu talks with Kristen Meinzer about what she’s learned from years of living by self-help books, along with psychologists Wiebke Bleidorn, Rodica Damian, and Brent Roberts about what science has to say about personality change. * Science historian Jonny Bunning discusses how humans have thought about personality across the ages, and how we’ve tried to measure it. We also explore how much of our personality comes from within, and how much is shaped by outside influences. * Science journalist Olga Khazan from The Atlantic talks about her new book “Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World.”
49 min
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