“The Most Connected Man on Earth”
In 2002, Chris Dancy was overweight, unemployed, and addicted to technology. He chain-smoked cigarettes, popped pills, and was angry and depressed. But when he discovered that his mother kept a record of almost every detail of his childhood, an idea began to form. Could knowing the status of every aspect of his body and how his lifestyle affected his health help him learn to take care of himself? By harnessing the story of his life, could he learn to harness his own bad habits? Read More >
From quantified self to the singularity, humanity is racing to disrupt evolution itself. How is life evolving in a world where everyone is cybernetic? Have you noticed how your children, co-workers, and strangers are all slightly enhanced lately? What are the new senses, skills, and abilities that people are possessing? An exploration of the history of cybernetics to the rise of emergent consciousness of artificial intelligence. A brutally honest look at life after humanity.
Technology has twisted our relationship with time beyond recognition. What started as a 24-hour news cycle has morphed into a perpetual now, relentlessly grinding away at our civility. Humans are evolving our first new sense as cyborgs, chronoception. Just as real as sight, taste, touch, sound, and smell, this new visceral time sense is abruptly stunting our ability to communicate with each other. Explore the emerging tech landscape of chronobiology.
The internet is now covering people, homes, cars, and families. As developers, corporations, media outlets and governments race toward the most intimate parts of our lives, behavior, and biology, how can we start to live in a world after privacy has vanished. Time and attention create a new definition for privacy and our tolerance for inconvenience is the gold standard for which services are delivered.
From online dating to Tinder, how we meet, hook up and fall in love has evolved into something unique and extraordinary. Today families, couples, and are learning to express their feelings of affection in new and sometimes disturbing ways. How do we meet, fall in love, and spend the rest of our lives together in the age of wearables, apps and temporary services? WARNING: NSFW CONTENT.
Take a look at how the interface for our personal experience has shifted from a command line through Windows to browsers, applications, and wearables. By using the movie The Matrix, we examine the future of technology. Beyond apps, digital services will catapult society into 2030, when personalization drives experience, and we download "habits" and "environments.”
What if we designed applications that worry less about "where you are" and more about "how you are?" The internet has been engineered to steal our opinion and take us away from our present moment. Where does Buddhism meet technology and how can we reclaim our sense of safety in ephemeral society?
In the past ten years the economic cost and frequency of global crisis have steadily increased, from the Arab spring to the climate crisis closing the decade. Technology is playing an important role in day-to-day life and how we mitigate, prepare, respond and recover from the disaster. In this inspiring exploration of our planet and interdependence we review the tools and stories of courage in life after the apocalypse.
Arthur C Clark stated that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” In that way, we explore the deep pagan roots built into the everyday technology: from meme magic to technopaganism, the rituals and history of the occult and magic in today’s technologies. Have you ever thought about how speaking to AI looks like casting spells, or how we used wizards to install software for years? Have you ever wanted to learn to cast a spell with a password reset? Welcome to the eBook of digital shadows.
"I see thousands of speeches a year - once in a while there's someone exceptional on stage. This is one of those moments with Chris Dancy."
“Chris Dancy’s keynote got more #1 votes by 2x than next closest talk. Chris Dancy was brilliant!”
“Chris Dancy was on everyone’s lips the rest of the day (and the day after!) after delivering an entertaining, informative and dissident keynote on health data at the annual WHINN conference in Denmark. I will highly recommend Chris!”
“Chris Dancy was a wonderful start to our annual conference! Attendees found his presentation to be very thought-provoking and engaging. One person commented, “He was phenomenal. I could have listened to him speak for 4 hours straight. I was fascinated and can use this for our employee engagement strategies.”
“Chris Dancy is one of a rare breed of speakers who can translate technology into humanity. His journey to becoming the world’s most connected man is fascinating in itself, but he takes it a step further. He uses his experience to put technology into a context we can all identify with. He does this with deep insights that are thought-provoking and help open the audience’s mind to new ideas.”
“Chris is an absolute joy and a sunshine to work with. He’s knowledgeable and delivers personal stories based on reality and facts in the world of technology. This is a charming mix that we rarely see in this line of business. I’ve had the pleasure of having Chris on two of my events and he got top ratings on both events. In addition, he’s also organized down to the detail in terms of logistics which makes me as an organizer calm to know he’ll deliver quality content to the audience. Chris is a wonderful person and you’d be fortunate to meet him, if only to pick his brilliant mind or to chat over a cup of coffee. I’m hoping to work with him in the near future again and I’d recommend anyone to contact him if you need a little eye-opening!”
“Chris Dancy is an entertaining and occasionally provocative speaker. But above all, he is one of the most insightful persons on the impact of wearable technology alive. He doesn’t talk about what technology does, but what it means. Others have studied tech, Chris lives it.”
“Chris Dancy delivered an excellent presentation in a very sincere and charismatic manner. Chris explained complex subject matter in a simple and humorous way while keeping his audience connected and waiting on his every word. He was perfect”
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