Mind, No Mind, AI Mind


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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Florence Coulson Davis

April 25, 2019
2:00pm — 3:15pm

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Conversations with Joi Ito, Daiko Matsuyama and Tenzin Priyadarshi
Moderated by Rekha Malhotra

Joichi “Joi” Ito is an activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and scholar focusing on the ethics and governance of technology, tackling complex problems such as climate change, societal inequity, and redesigning the systems that support scholarship and science. As director of the MIT Media Lab and a Professor of the Practice in Media Arts and Sciences, he supports researchers at the Media Lab to deploy design, science, and technology such as AI, blockchain, and synthetic biology to transform society in substantial and positive ways.

Daiko Matsuyama is a Zen priest and Vice-Abbot of Taizo-in within the Myoshin ji temples complex. Myoshin ji serves as the headquarters for Rinzai Zen. He has been a member of Kyoto’s Ambassadors for Tourism since 2011, and was listed as one of “The Top 100 People of the New Generation 2016” in Nikkei Business.  Matsuyama was appointed as a fellow of US-Japan Leadership Program from 2016. In 2017, he became a visiting professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design. 

Tenzin Priyadarshi is Director of Ethics Initiative at MIT Media Lab and is President of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT. His recent works focus on ethics and empathy learning. He is a Tribeca Disruptive Fellow and 2018 Fellow at Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. As a Buddhist monk, he has also served as the Buddhist Chaplain to the Institute since 2001.

Rekha Malhotra aka DJ Rekha is a producer, curator, educator, and activist. She is the founder of one of NYC’s longest running club nights, Basement Bhangra (1997-2017), DJ Rekha has done sound design and production for Broadway and Nation Public Radio and a well as remixes for artists ranging from Meredith Monk to Priyanka Chopra. DJ Rekha has performed at the Obama White House and internationally and serves on the board of the community organization, Chhaya CDC.  She is currently a master's candidate in Comparative Media Studies at MIT and produces the weekly podcast Bhangra and Beyond.


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