DELFI media LAB at the Digital Freedom Festival`18 in Riga, Latvia
Trends and consequences of disruption of information consumption. What about millennials and new generations? Are we getting dumber than goldfish?
Hal Hodson (UK), Technology Correspondent at The Economist
Interested in internet policy and economics, robotics, artificial intelligence, infrastructure and biotechnology. Also reports from abroad, including Bolivia, Mexico, South Korea and Finland. Works on stories about the technologies that shape our lives, the systems that control them, and the people who find themselves in the yoke. Has explored warehouse husks filled with insects for human consumption in Ohio, watched dead rivers come back to life in Mexico, rescued a hexacopter from the side of a volcano in Bolivia, debated basic income in a sauna with 12 naked Finns, and seen the world’s greatest robots fail to climb a set of stairs — all in pursuit of a story. Graduated in 2010 from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in astrophysics.
Hanan Salam (FR), Co-Founder & Head of Education and Research at Women in AI
Holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. Co-Founder and Head of Research and Education at Women in AI. Currently Head of Research and Development at A.I.Mergence, a robotics and artificial intelligence startup specialising in intelligent autonomous robots for home security. Lecturer at Sorbonne Universities, conducts research in specific areas of applied artificial intelligence. Has been published in several international peer-reviewed conferences and journals on social robotics and intelligent affective computing. Research interests include artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, social robotics, computer vision, machine learning and affective computing. Advocate of technology for the common good, and is currently investigating how blockchain technology could transform artificial intelligence and vice-versa.
Arnis Rītups (LV), Publisher and editor of Rīgas Laiks
Arnis Rītups holds PhD in philosophy from KULeuven (Belgium), he specializes in Aristotle and his Greek commentators. He is also a Latvian translator of Descartes’ “Meditations on the First Philosophy”, a part-time lecturer at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and Latvian Academy of Fine arts, publisher and editor of an intellectual magazine “Rīgas Laiks” and conversation partner of many interesting people around the world.
Jonathan Howard (LV), On editorial board of Rigas Laiks
Originally an archaeologist, Jonathan was a strategist at two of the world’s top advertising agencies, Saatchi & Saatchi and Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, both in London. He worked for several years with the zoologist Desmond Morris, bestselling author of The Naked Ape and Manwatching, to bring evolutionary psychology into business. Jonathan is also a theatre improviser and has taught and performed improvisation across Europe and the USA, and in 2004 he created the world’s first live, improvised, interactive TV drama for the BBC. For the last 15 years he has taught strategy, creativity and leadership to advertising and PR agencies, government ministries, multinationals, startups, law firms and NGO’s around the world. He is the co-founder of a new sustainability currency, and is writing a book on excess consumerism called Candyland. He now spends much of his time in Riga, and is on the editorial board of Rigas Laiks’ English-language edition.