Impact: How The Internet has Changed Society

Composer/Writer/Multimedia Artist Paul D Miller aka DJ Spooky and Aza Raskin will discuss the internet—good, the bad and all in between.

Philosopher Marshall McLuhan said that the new media “works us over completely. It is so pervasive in its personal, political, economic, aesthetic, psychological, moral, ethical, and social consequences that it leaves no part of us untouched, unaffected, un-altered.” DJ Spooky’s new work Quantopia is a tribute to the depth and high stakes of free speech and creative expression involved in our daily use of media, and illuminates the ever-present issues of inclusion, exclusion, echo chambers and small-world phenomena.  Similarly, Aza Raskin’s work at the Center for Humane Technology looks at how the Internet has turned our existence upside down, and how tech destabilizes our social fabric.  Where do we go as humans living in the post-modern, post-rational era of technology?  Join our insightful polymaths to find out.    

Led by DJ Spooky and Aza Raskin



DJ Spooky

DJ Spooky aka Paul D. Miller is the executive editor of ORIGIN Magazine and is a composer, multimedia artist, editor and author. His DJ MIXER iPad app has seen more than 12 million downloads in the last year. He's produced and composed work for Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, and scores of artists and award-winning films with work being featured in many museums and galleries around the world. WEBSITE



Aza Raskin

Aza is a co-founder of The Center for Humane Technology, which is leading the charge in reversing the digital attention crisis and realigning technology with humanity’s best interests. Previously, Aza Raskin helped build the web at Mozilla as head of user experience, was named to Inc and Forbes 30-under-30 and became the Fast Company Master of Design for his work founding Massive Health, an early consumer health behavior change company. The company was acquired by Jawbone, where he was VP of Innovation. Before that, he was a dark matter physicist at both University of Chicago and Tokyo University. He is proud to have served on the board for Planned Parenthood in California. He is less proud to have invented infinite scroll. WEBSITE