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"Part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from 'The Matrix.'..." Jason Silva is an extraordinary new breed of philosopher who meshes philosophical wisdom of the ages with an infectious optimism for the future. Combining intriguing insights and a mastery of digital filmmaking, Jason delivers philosophical shots of espresso, which unravel the incredible possibilities the future has to offer the human race. Called the "Timothy Leary of the Viral Video Age" by The Atlantic, and a "Performance Philosopher" by the TED Conference, Jason draws from his experiences as a television personality, a media artist, a filmmaker, and a techno-philosopher to share his inspirational take on scientific and technological advancements, the evolution of intelligence, and the human condition. Using his series of short videos, which The Atlantic described as "movie trailers for ideas," Jason explores the co-evolution of humans and technology. His videos have garnered over 2 million views. Jason's riveting on-stage delivery style, and his hyper-enthusiastic insights on creativity, innovation, technology, philosophy and the human condition are equally unique and mind-blowing. An Idea DJ and a visual poet, Jason is above all, an optimist and a curator of ideas, inspiration and awe. Jason's work is a kind of "existential jazz," a fan says, "like a trumpet player or modern-day digital Mingus, he jams, riffs and rhapsodizes through a tumbling thicket of ideas with such a sharp and vital alacrity that it can take the breath away. He's a modern performance philosopher, reviving the vibe of Tim Leary and Buckminster Fuller and revivifying the dialogue that they started decades ago." From 2005 to 2011, Venezuela-born Silva was a presenter on Current TV, the Emmy-winning, independent cable network started by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, where he hosted, wrote and produced more than 100 hours of original content. Jason is also the Host of Nat Geo's cable TV series Brain Games, which premiered to the highest premiere ratings in National Geographic's history. An active and prolific speaker, Jason has spoken at TEDGlobal, Google (three times), and keynoted events for Microsoft, Intel, IBM and Oracle. He has also created videos for GE, Samsung, Adobe and Autodesk. He was a featured speaker at The Economist Ideas Festival, The Festival of Dangerous Ideas, the DLD Conference in Munich, The Singularity Summit, the PSFK Conference, Mexico's Ciudad De Las Ideas, Seattle's Interactive Conference, Tribeca Interactive Conference and many more. The Imaginary Foundation says, "Like some kind of Ontological DJ, he recompiles the source code of western philosophy by mixing and mashing it up into a form of recombinant creativity, which elevates understanding from the dry and prosaic, to a sensual cognitive romance." Jason has been featured on CBS News, The TODAY Show, Katie Couric, The Atlantic, The Economist, Vanity Fair, CNN, Forbes, Wired, TED.com, Gizmodo, IO9, Huffington Post, BigThink, and BrainPickings, among others and he was also featured as part of the Gap "Icons" campaign.