Markus von Aschoff von ifridge spricht darüber, wie man als junger Mensch Dinge selbst in die Hand nehmen und Chancen nutzen kann, um das zu tun, was einen begeistert.
Markus von Aschoff
Fabian Seewald zeigt am Beispiel einer sehr großen Marionette namens DUNDU wie wichtig Teamwork ist. Denn um die vier Meter große und 20 Kilo schwere Marionette zum Leben zu erwecken, ist ein ganzes Team notwendig und jeder muss sich auf den anderen verlassen können. Wie Team Building funktioniert, erklärt Fabian Seewald den Kids anschaulich.
Brain, bodily awareness, and the emergence of a conscious self: these entities and their relations are explored by Germanphilosopher and cognitive scientist Metzinger. Extensively working with neuroscientists he has come to the conclusion that, in fact, there is no such thing as a “self” — that a “self” is simply the content of a model created by our brain – part of a virtual reality we create for ourselves.
But if the self is not “real,” he asks, why and how did it evolve? How does the brain construct the self? In a series of fascinating virtual reality experiments, Metzinger and his colleagues have attempted to create so-called “out-of-body experiences” in the lab, in order to explore these questions. As a philosopher, he offers a discussion of many of the latest results in robotics, neuroscience, dream and meditation research, and argues that the brain is much more powerful than we have ever imagined. He shows us, for example, that we now have the first machines that have developed an inner image of their own body — and actually use this model to create intelligent behavior. In addition, studies exploring the connections between phantom limbs and the brain have shown us that even people born without arms or legs sometimes experience a sensation that they do in fact have limbs that are not there. Experiments like the “rubber-hand illusion” demonstrate how we can experience a fake hand as part of our self and even feel a sensation of touch on the phantom hand form the basis and testing ground for the idea that what we have called the “self” in the past is just the content of a transparent self-model in our brains. Now, as new ways of manipulating the conscious mind-brain appear on the scene, it will soon become possible to alter our subjective reality in an unprecedented manner. The cultural consequences of this, Metzinger claims, may be immense: we will need a new approach to ethics, and we will be forced to think about ourselves in a fundamentally new way. At TEDxRheinMain 2011 he will share his thoughts on consciousness and the self and talk about the concept of the Ego-Tunnel.
Pro. Dr. Thomas Metzinger:
(*1958 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany) is currently Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the Johannes Gutenberg‐Universität Mainz and an Adjunct Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Study. In 2009 he returned from a prestigious one‐year Fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Berlin Institute for Advanced Study), is past president of the German Cognitive Science Society and currently president of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. His focus of research lies in analytical philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and philosophical aspects of the neuro- and cognitive sciences as well as connections between ethics, philosophy of mind and anthropology. He has edited and published extensively in German and English, e.g. one major scientific monograph developing a comprehensive, interdisciplinary theory about consciousness, the phenomenal self, and the first‐person perspective (“Being No One — The Self‐Model Theory of Subjectivity”, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003). In 2009, he published a popular book, which addresses a wider audience and also discusses the ethical, cultural and social consequences of consciousness research (“The Ego Tunnel — The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self”, New York: Basic Books)
Back in the days it was up to parents, priests and other hierarchies to decide who we were meant to be. The space left to design our own “selves” was tiny and further limited by a steadfast “home”. But today, after Christ’s influence has all but gone, education and management are professionalized to a cluster of “correct behaviors”. Work and private life are blended and we tend to be a virtual one who
used to be at least two. Today building your own identity requires more activity. We have to learn to walk onto the stage of a virtual reality as one unique personality — without getting lost in ever new communities and identities.
What could the design principles of this new and necessary identity-imagology be?
We have to understand how to integrate the all new and excessive many into a whole One. New simple being — that’s what I call it. No thinking in boxes, no managing of inner diversities. Religion has become too weak, digital ignorants cannot give us directions. We — ourselves in transition – have to believe in new ways, work in new ways, live in new ways, learn to be world citizens in new ways. What will be the result? Kind of an augmented human being.
Günter Dueck is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, an IEEE Fellow, a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, and a corresponding member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences. He authored some satiricalphilosophical books on humans, management and life and the Financial Times Germany Management Book of the year 2006 Lean Brain Management — Success and more Efficiency by Zero-Intelligence.
In “A Sense of Identity” Steven Sasseville examines why being a “Citizen” is more meaningful than being a “Consumer”. Why it´s a good idea to have an opinion, and accept the consequences of that opinion. Furthermore he explores why we all need to create “Things” worth caring about.
Steven seeks a “Long-Term Identity” that synthesizes interests, ethnicity, beliefs, family & friends, work and values. Will Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Blogger, Vimeo, Skype, and YouTube help in this quest? Will my identity be the “Next Big Thing”?
Steven Sasseville (born 1969) is managing creative director and co-founder of the innovation and design firm COSALUX, taking a more “daring to de different” approach to the design challenges out there. He’s known for his straightforward, honest and reimagining approach to the design business. Rethinking the ordinary, trusting our instincts and educating clients into trusting creative partnerships is part of the strategy embedded into the core DNA of Steven and his team at COSALUX.
Just as we all appreciate and enjoy beauty, it is hard to explain. Why do we all fall in love with the cute little baby? Why does all your logic fly out of the window when you meet the love of your life? And do you remember how much you adored that wreck of an apartment you used to live in just because it was your first own place?
All those things have something in common: we love them. And in our memories, they will always be the most beautiful moments in our lives – they simply fit. When two people meet in a romantic sense, the little details can make the difference between never meeting again and living their life together forever. In business, this also applies. Here we call them “key differentiators”, as they have the ability to magically turn an ordinary business relationship into something special. These things are expressions of who you are and what you do. They make your business beautiful – in the eyes of your customers, that is.
Let’s have a closer look at these two questions and see how they can help to identify the Beauty of your Business.
Daniel Kraft is an optimist with a passion for all things new. He says:”It took me some time to realize that, so I went on a journey: Originally growing up in a village I started working in Frankfurt, London, Singapore, Prague, Toronto, New York and some stops in between. I worked at a factory, the farmers market, was tiling floors, outsourced an Asian warehouse operations, reengineered business processes, took companies public and took them back private, was a banker, an investment banker, an investor, a CFO, mister mom, a CEO and now being back to the basics: optimistic about all things new.”
The digital world changed the way people see each other, as more and more people provide their personal social network with private information like photos, location information or status messages.
Today everybody has multiple digital and virtual “identities” on different websites, social networks or virtual worlds. What is the origin of this trend? What is the status today and what can we expect from the future? Michael Altendorf, Diplom Economist / University of Heidelberg. Co-Founder & CEO of the venture-capital funded internet startup ADTELLIGENCE GmbH. ADTELLIGENCE GmbH provides superior online ad targeting technologies and analytics platforms for social networks & agencies.
Lecturer in internet business at university of applied sciences Salzburg/Austria and at the Popacademy Baden-Württemberg, a music business school. Speaker at several internet & media events. Co-Founder of Rhein-Neckar Technology Ventures Day, an event for entrepreneurs looking for VC. Co-Organizer of TEDx Rhein-Neckar. Member of the CEO Collaborative Forum. Previously worked at SAP in strategic market intelligence/global marketing as analyst, and as product manager in the Emerging Solutions in Walldorf and New York. Since 2001 he worked as a consultant in internet business, at the management consulting company SVP Deutschland AG in research projects, and in interdisciplinary research at the Institute for Peace, Ecology, and Sustainability (FEST e.V.) in Heidelberg.