About the Event
Today's world is changing faster than ever. New technologies intertwine our lives and invisibly modify our everyday existence. What looked like a distant future 30 years ago is now here and present.
The rise of new technologies also has its bright and dark sides. We can discuss any topic from anywhere, anytime and with anyone in the World, but privacy has becomes almost an extinct species. We can alter DNA of plants and help increase of agricultural yield, but we cannot control who and how will be able to manipulate genetic information of what. New types of jobs and kinds of work appear everyday but many more are disappearing due to automation. We will probably face a radical change of our societies soon.
Is it possible to separate positive aspects of technological progress from the negatives? Can humankind control the development of technology or are we becoming its victims? What can we do to accommodate the fast changes in our personal lives? And what can we do as a society? We tried to tackle all these questions during TEDxPrague 2017.
186 00 Praha 8
Programme and Speakers
Relationships between men and women have changed irrevocably. Women are starting to dominate – 60 % of university graduates are female and they are also penetrating lately unthinkable fields. In 5 years the number of businessmen decreased by 200, businesswomen increased by 34 000! Thanks to the technologies men’s muscles will not be necessary anymore. The flexibility and empathy of women will be requested instead.
Equally the relationships will change. “Voluntarily we leave our families. We make the decisions on when and if to have children on our own as well. Soon we will not care anymore how much money the men make – the gold-diggers will disappear from the world. The revenge against past injustice might become the last contact with man at all. If we are not able to set a new gender agreement together, we will die.” Not everything can be replaced by technologies.close
Every day we discuss technologies around us. No doubts, it’s diving deeply into our lives. Technologies seem to be a huge opportunity for some of us but there are as well those who are more sceptical – are technologies the biggest strength of our times?
Josef thinks we should consider more the way we use the technologies and our expectations from them than the amount of technologies itself. That’s what Josef is interested in the most, in the field of artificial intelligence which already changed and is still changing our lives. If we want to make this change a positive one we shouldn’t be scared of it and focus on the real threats and opportunities instead of watching fairy tales about The Terminator.close
What if art could give voice to people who don’t have one? Bryan had an idea to visualize European refugee crisis and let “speak” those who actually live it. Several hundred refugees, from over 60 nationalities, in majority children, often illiterate. Refugees in centres, camps, squats and shelters across Europe. People coming off refugee boats at Hotspot camps on Greek islands to refugee centers in the UK. People we don’t know at all as we have accepted only 12 of them in the Czech Republic.
Those participated in creating their own contemporary culture and voice whilst simultaneously losing all traceability of their inherited culture. Traceability is credibility, without it, the existence of people disappears.close
Psychedelics are the substances that can alter our state of mind, our experiences influenced by them sometimes have transformative character – they let us go beyond what we’ve experienced so far. It seems we are not the same after visiting this different world. Psychedelics affect our psyche in a long term range and can be used for example for the treatment of depression, if used properly.
In this talk we will discuss the effect of psychedelics on our experiencing and also current psychiatry. Is psychedelic therapy the future we are going to live?close
The world is going through the digital revolution. In which ways does it affect our lives? How do these new digital possibilities influence business, economics and entire society? Pavel brings kind of a different look at the educational needs of future generations. Robotization, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, internet of things, nano and biotechnologies – the voice of future? Or everyday reality?
Digital revolution opens new possibilities of business, communication and work models that affect the education itself. What are their effects on our activities, not only within Cyberspace?close
Does it make any sense to want to change the world?
We are shocked by the world plastic catastrophe and fascinated by the potential of human abilities. We put science, pedagogy and business together and such encounter opens up our horizons
The plastic brick we developed has been slowly living its own life even though it’s still a baby in an incubator. We destroy and recycle the buildings we once constructed with the kids from schools. We are the only ones in the Czech Republic printing from recycled PET. Every single experiment improves us and we only imagine we are not alone. New stuff totally worth trying!close
Autism as an opportunity and reflection of the society? Not everyone looks like Rain Man – and we don’t talk much about those with challenging behavior that can hardly be handled. Dorotka is diagnosed with devastating form of autism reflected by self-injurious behaviour combined with mental disability. From the perspective of a her father we’ll see how such illness can easily destroy a family.
On the other hand, can we learn to understand them and better perceive the otherness and different needs of every single person? Are we able to improve social support in the world that isn’t ready to help affected families yet?close
We all are responsible for the world we live in. And if Aristoteles was right, no individual happiness is possible without a happiness of municipality. Not even individual fulfillment happens without a contribution to the the place where we live. Beautiful world starts inside of us and naturally spreads further into the environment that surrounds us. But both of these worlds need to be built.
To enable the cultivation of the environment and to make it a pleasant place to live, people in the municipality need to trust each other and want to collaborate. They want to search together for the adhesive holding the municipality together. Let’s actively contribute to the creation of such a world where people wish to live, work, create and to come back to.close
Everybody comes into this world with a vast potential of creativity, strength and wisdom. As a teacher of self-awareness and emotional connectedness I am guiding people to become conscious of the incredible treasures they are holding inside themselves. It is the joy of my life seeing people develop themselves and overcome seemingly mountainous obstacles.
A brave new world needs awareness and inner connectedness of each member in society. There is a high-speed technological development happening and we have and need the potential to make this development human.close
„Šaman“ Václav Kořínek
There are countries people love to visit. And then there are countries people rather tend to leave - what can we find when we move in there for a while? Ukraine is a large state full of large problems, a land which has recently gone through two revolutions on the way to democracy. A country haunted by a military war in the east and fighting for democracy and constitutional state in the central part.
Even though local civil society has to face strong opponents and hard conditions, they managed to succeed in reforms in an extraordinary way. What can we learn from Ukraine - our almost-neighbouring country?close
How to become a cyborg? In 1988 Kevin Warwick as a first human decided to get a chip implant in his arm. In 2002 he replaced it with a new, more complex device that was directly interfaced into his nervous system. While his nervous system was connected onto the internet in Columbia University, USA, he could fully control a robotic arm placed in the University of Reading, UK. And it perfectly copied a movement of his own hand.
Kevin later implanted the device in his wife’s arm as well to reach empathy via internet connection. By this experiment he achieved the first direct and fully electronic communication between two human nervous systems.close
Innovation starts with curiosity – the why - and then comes the rebellion – the what if. Innovation may seem a lonely risky adventure. Because… it is. But what if we could overcome the cultural barriers to collaboration and form networks that rise well above individual endeavours?
This is where the magic happens – these networks will not be relevant to our survival as entrepreneurs only, but, more importantly, they will be essential to our success. Ultimately, these networks will become the economic engine of the region - they will catch talent, gain legitimacy, generate knowledge and catch capital. Even a handful of rebels, if running together, in packs, can generate incredible change!close
Most of the schools today offer an education suitable for the past, let’s say for the 19th century. But the world ahead of us needs slightly different approach. We will head The World 4.0 – a place that already hardly can exist in our fantasy. At what kind of schools shall we prepare our children for meaningful and happy life in an unpredictable world characterised by the change as a long-lasting condition? Why personal and educational autonomy is so important? And how do we do it at ScioSchools?
In education, we shall not only prepare the children for the new world. We need to equip them with everything they need to be able to build the world we wish to enter. The World 4.0 requires Education 4.0.close
Classical music consists of various layers. If you think you’re not interested in it yet, you probably haven’t found the right one. One day, Tomáš Jamník decided to help those who are truly keen on classical music but mainly those who wish to discover it. Why not at home? „Sometimes you get more touched by classical music during home concert than a concert taking place in some fancy concert hall. When the music follows you home, you just don’t even have a chance to run away...“
What do you like the most? Enjoying relaxing melodies or watching quick fingers of musicians dancing on the instrument? Come to explore your unique way to really feel the music of the Brave New World – no matter if it’s familiar or completely new.close
Imagine you’re growing up in a no name village in the middle of nowhere, you’re not really popular among your classmates, your teachers keep telling you you’re nothing. Imagine you – as a little kid – spend your free time more like a housewife instead of playing with your toys. Dominika knows what it’s like, she had to face this reality on her own. And she wasn’t always winning.
Can we accelerate from 0 to 100 even if our surroundings don’t let us do it in 3,4 seconds? How to be brave when standing on the starting line we didn’t choose? How to turn bad conditions into the best equipment for our future life journey?close
The liberation. The knowledge shared anywhere by anyone. Never-ending opportunity to be connected without barriers and borders. That was the vision of internet at the turn of the century. Seventeen years later we can’t believe our eyes every morning after Brexit referendum and presidential elections in the USA. And in fear we’re waiting for the moment when our social reality becomes broken by another “alternative” so absurd to easily aspire for the episode of The Simpsons.
Internet has destroyed our social reality and the technologies don’t offer the solution. Are we able to preserve the democracy, or - in so called century of Asia – the Chinese model of “limited options within the law that can’t be discussed” will win? What must be done for that?close