About The Hybrid Reality Institute
Name:The Hybrid Reality Institute
A Research and Advisory Group Focused on Human-Technology Co-Evolution and Its Implications for Global Business, Society and
- Ayesha Khanna: Ayesha Khanna is Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute. A technology and innovation strategy expert, Ayesha has over ten
years of experience advising clients and cities on scenario analysis, product development, digital branding and customer experience.
She is the author of Straight Through Processing (2007), and was series editor of The Complete Technology Guides (Reed Elsevier).
- Parag Khanna: Parag Khanna is Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation and Senior
Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. A leading geo-strategist, he is author of the international bestseller
The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008) and How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the
Next Renaissance (2011).
- THRI Fellows
- Anya Kamenetz: THRI Fellow -- Anya Kamenetz is a staff writer at Fast Company Magazine and the author of DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and
the Coming Transformation of Higher Education,which investigated the roots of the cost, access, and quality crises in higher
education as well as innovations in technology and social media to address these crises.
- Heather Knight: THRI Fellow -- Heather Knight is currently conducting her doctoral research at the intersection of robotics and entertainment
at Carnegie Mellon. She also runs Marilyn Monrobot in NYC, which creates socially intelligent robot performances and sensor-based
electronic art. She is an alumnus from the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab.
- Mathias J. Holzmann: THRI Fellow -- Mathias J. Holzmann is an entrepreneur who co-founded Palomar5, the catalyst and network for young individuals
to play and build.He is also co-founder of play&build, an Internet technology incubator. He studied Law and Philosophy in
the Netherlands and in Germany with a focus on Art Law, Cultural Policy and 20th century Philosophy.
- Jason Silva: THRI Fellow -- Jason Silva is is a filmmaker, gonzo journalist, writer and founding producer/host for Current TV. He produced
and directed a short documentary film titled The Immortalists, profiling scientists and philosophers, including Ray Kurzweil,
about the philosophical implications of merging with our technologies and overcoming our biological limitations.
- Greg Lindsay: THRI Fellow -- Greg Lindsay is co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2011), with John
D. Kasarda. Aerotropolis examines how and where we live in a globalized world - in cities that have coalesced around airports,
rather than the other way around. He is a contributing writer for Fast Company, and has written for Fortune and Bloomberg
- Lina Srivastava: THRI Fellow -- Lina Srivastava is currently the strategist for Three Generations and a partner in the social change strategy
team for the Resist Network. She has created the Transmedia Activism framework and co-created the Modeling Global Change framework,
and has provided strategic support to films such as Born into Brothels and The Devil Came on Horseback.
- Sonia Arrison: THRI Fellow -- Sonia Arrison is an author who has written about the impact of new technologies on society for more than a
decade. Her most recent book is 100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships
to Family and Faith. She is a founder, academic advisor, and trustee at Singularity University, located in Mountain View,
- Shane Hope: THRI Fellow -- Shane Hope is Artist-in-Residence at the Hybrid Reality Institute and a GraviTV Programmer of Everware-There-Is-Masstaken-iPlentities.
His current practice flocuses on artilectual femtofactured mind-splaces, post-conscious subthreaded sales-swarms, and prescient
peek-a-boo plunderware portraiture.
- Natasha Vita-More: THRI Fellow -- Natasha Vita-More is a designer and theorist, and PhD researcher, known for her book "Primo Posthuman: The
New Human Genre". She is Chairman of Humanity+, which advocates the ethical use of emerging technologies to enhance human
capacities and explores possibilities for the "posthuman" future.
- Lea Bajc: THRI Fellow -- Lea Bajc is an investor at Northzone, a leading technology investment fund. She is a big believer in the power
of technology to tackle global challenges and improve human lives and happiness. Her focus is on game-changing early stage
companies with a clear purpose. Lea is also a Kaufmann Fellow and serves on the Boards of Artfinder and FlyB.
- Daniel F. Moore: THRI Fellow -- Daniel F. Moore is the co-author of "What Is Nanotechology and Why Does It Matter?: From Science to Ethics",
which explores scientific and philosophical issues related to developing technology. Daniel is the director of the Nanoethics
Group and a scientist with IBM, where he develops nanoscale processes for semiconductor devices and solutions for Smarter
- Sanford Dickert: THRI Fellow -- Sanford Dickert is a catalyzing technologist, product expeditor and a remitting/relapsing roboticist. He is
known for his role as CTO of the John Kerry for President Campaign, Product Director for the Texai Remote Presence system
and serves as CTO of PeerIndex, a social capital analysis company.
- Lucy Bernholz: THRI Fellow -- Lucy Bernholz is a philanthropy wonk trying to understand how we create, fund, and distribute social goods
in the digital age. She writes extensively on philanthropy, technology, information, and policy on her award winning blog,philanthropy2173.com.
Her work in philanthropy led The Huffington Post to hail her as a "game changer."
- Ian Marlow: THRI Fellow -- Ian Marlow is a widely recognized leader in real estate, technology and the creation of "smart cities." He
is Managing Partner at FiTech Consultants. He was closely involved in the development of Songdo International City and was
named one of the top 250 Innovators in the United States by InformationWeek.
- Marc Goodman: THRI Fellow -- Marc Goodman is an expert in cybercrime, cyberterrorism and critical infrastructure protection working with
organizations such as INTERPOL, the United Nations and NATO. Marc is Chair of the Policy, Law and Ethics program at Silicon
Valley's Singularity University and founder the Future Crimes Institute. He has written widely on the security implications
of disruptive technologies.
- Patricia Rangel: THRI Fellow -- Patricia Rangel is a leading laser holographer who has exhibited her work at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center,
the Burning Man Festival, San Diego Space 4 Art, and CalArts Main Gallery. Her work includes fully immersive virtual reality,
3D stereoscopic projection, holographic projection, augmented reality, mixed reality, and virtual configurators.
- Rich Doyle: THRI Fellow -- Rich Doyle is Professor of English and Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University and is
the author of a trilogy of books on information and the life sciences. The latest, Darwin's Pharmacy: Sex, Plants, and the
Evolution of the Noösphere, was published in 2011. Professor Doyle is a Distinguished International Fellow of the London Graduate
- Jason Sosa: THRI Fellow -- Jason Sosa is the Founder and CEO at Immersive Labs which has been featured by CNNMoney, New York Times, Huffington
Post, Fortune Magazine, Mashable, and Business Insider. He has been researching Digital Signage and HCI (human computer interaction)
with a focus on bridging the gap between the virtual (online) world and physical world through intelligent content.
- Robert Torres: THRI Fellow -- Robert Torres is a Senior Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation helping to lead their digital
media and college readiness work. Until recently he served at the Chief Research Officer at Institute of Play where he co-founded
Quest to Learn, a games-based school in New York City. His research has focused on the potential of games-based environments
to support cognitive development.
- Molly Webb: THRI Fellow -- Molly Webb is head of smart technology for The Climate Group and is responsible for developing and coordinating
the organization's SMART 2020 Programme, which supports climate change action across the information and communications technologies
(ICT) sector. Molly was also a researcher at Demos where she focused on science, innovation and environmental policy.
- Stan Stalnaker: THRI Fellow -- Stan Stalnaker is the Founding Director of Hub Culture, a social network service that operates the currency
Ven and is the first to merge online and physical world environments. Previously, Stan was the international director of marketing
for the Time Inc. Business and Finance Group. In 2002 he authored Hub Culture: The Next Wave of Urban Consumers on the emergence
of harmonized cultural psychographics.
- Lucian Tarnowski: THRI Fellow -- Lucian Tarnowski is Founder & CEO of BraveNewTalent.com, the community platform that bridges the gap between
education, skills and employment. He is on a mission to help maximise Human Potential through the democratisation of Education.
He has been honoured as Europe's youngest Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum.
- THRI Researchers
- Sawsan Gad: THRI Researcher -- Sawsan Gad is is a quantitative analyst, working on becoming a GIS-SNA (Geographic Information Systems
- Social Network Analysis) scientist. She is interested in investigating human activity using geospatial mapping and visualization.
Sawsan has an M.A. degree in Demographic and Social Analysis, from the University of California, Irvine.
- Tarun Wadhwa: THRI Researcher -- Tarun Wadhwa is completing a book on the promise and the perils of India's national identity system. He
is a senior research associate with the Think India Foundation, where he analyzes the issues and challenges that India is
facing due to urbanization. He holds a BA in Political Science from The George Washington University.
- Michell Zappa: THRI Researcher -- Michell Zappa is a London-based emerging technology strategist who heads the trend forecasting studio Envisioning
Technology. He focuses on extrapolating on current developments to explain where society is inexorably heading, using specialized
keynote presentations and info visualizations.
- Mark Wien: THRI Researcher -- Mark Wien is a co-founder of the Micro Equity Development Fund, a for-profit, social initiative focused
on connecting investors with investment opportunities in microfinance. He recently completed the Postbac Program at Columbia
University. His travel and work increased his passion for public health initiatives in the underdeveloped world.
- Kenneth Good: THRI Researcher -- Kenneth Good is a student of Urban Studies and Economics, whose primary interests are intelligent urban
design and the economics of technology and innovation. While studying in Thailand and traveling throughout South Asia, he
developed a passion for the role of technology in urban and economic development.
- Max Celko: THRI Researcher -- Max Celko is a trend analyst, innovation consultant and writer based in New York City and Berlin. He tracks
emerging trends in media, communication, technology and society, and consults brands in identifying their implications for
product innovation. Additionally, Max is a creative director/ producer for TV documentaries and ethnographic video productions.
- Scott Young: THRI Researcher -- Scott Young is a Research Associate with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada in Vancouver. Originally
from Metro Vancouver, he is principally interested in the geopolitical intersection between emerging economies and technological
trends, as well as the implications for global and regional governance.
- Aaron Smith: THRI Researcher -- Aaron Smith is a digital strategist, educational technologist, and transmedia scholar. He explores the
design ecology surrounding transmedia systems and their interrelationship with media technology and culture. He currently
works as an Interactive Media Planner for Wieden+Kennedy, where he coordinates digital, social, and mobile media initiatives
for brands like ABC Entertainment and Disney XD.
- Ahmed El Hady: THRI Researcher -- Ahmed El Hady is a graduate student at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self Organization (Goettingen,
Germany). He is working on a neurotechnology research project and is very interested to explore the impact of neurotechnologies
specially artificial intelligence on the structure and dynamics of the society.
- Michael Garfield: THRI Researcher -- Michael Garfield is a paleontologist-turned-performing philosopher. He uses all available media to playfully
and provocatively deconstruct the boundaries between individual and collective, art and science, the sacred and the mundane.
When words aren't nonlinear and ecodelic enough, he turns to acoustic-electronic guitar and live painting.
- Soenke Ziesche: THRI Researcher -- Soenke Ziesche holds a PhD in Natural Sciences from the University of Hamburg with a focus on Cognitive
Science and AI. He has worked for the United Nations in the humanitarian and recovery sector and in information management
in Gaza, New York, Colombo, Islamabad, Blue Nile State , Benghazi.
- Abhijnan Rej: THRI Researcher -- Abhijnan Rej a retainer scientist with the Quantitative Finance Group of the Tata Consultancy Services
Innovation Labs Hyderabad. He carried out his doctoral work in mathematical physics at the Max-Planck Institute of Mathematics,
- Chris Arkenberg: THRI Researcher -- Chris Arkenberg is an independent researcher, analyst, and innovation strategist. He consults with start-ups,
municipalities, Fortune 500 companies, and the USG providing guidance for product innovation, research, competitive intelligence,
forecasting, scenario planning, strategy and human-centered design.
- Aran Levasseur: THRI Researcher -- Aran Levasseur has an eclectic background that ranges from outdoor education to life coaching, and from
habitat restoration to video production. He writes for PBS's MediaShift about the intersection of education and technology
and is the Academic Technology Coordinator at San Francisco University High School.
- Curvin Huber: THRI Researcher -- Curvin Huber has a broad background in education and the 3D simulation industry. He holds a MFA in Illustration,
a MS in Instructional Technology, and a BA in Studio Art. He is currently an Associate Professor of Game Design at Becker
College in Worcester, MA.
- THRI Junior Researchers
- Harry Bernholz: THRI Junior Researcher -- Harry Bernholz is a student at a Mandarin immersion school where he will begin the fifth grade in
September. He is interested in music, dance, and technology. He uses the computer program Scratch to make games and animations.
Harry's project for the Institute will explore music and robotics.
- Jaden Sosa: THRI Junior Researchers -- Jaden and Maddox Sosa 8 years old Jaden loves technology, video games, science, and building cool
stuff, while his brother Maddox, 5 years old, enjoys drawing on the iPad, playing games, and making funny faces. For their
project, they are experimenting with robotics including building ones like the Tin Can
- Maddox Sosa: THRI Junior Researcher
- Data: THRI Junior Researcher -- Data is an aspiring robot actor, best known for his standup comedian exploits on behalf of Marilyn
Monrobot at the TED conference series and on stage in Brooklyn. Based on the Nao platform, Data caters his jokes, animation
level, and interactivity to individual audiences using online learning techniques. He enjoys engaging in banter on Twitter.