The Secret History & Unwritten Future of Psychedelics & Technology
“What could the technology industry learn from psychedelics, and what might the emerging psychedelics industry learn from the mistakes of Silicon Valley?”
Silicon Valley wouldn’t be what it is without LSD. Psychedelics have been intertwined with the personal computer since the 1960s, when grad school psychonauts invented the first generation of digital information technology. Since the turn of the century, a generation of tech start ups has hired their teams on the Burning Man playa. Today, many AI masterminds have found their inspiration through both microdosing and heroic doses of psilocybin. But are computers intrinsically psychedelic, as Timothy Leary once believed, or have our digital tools coopted psychedelic inspiration en route to creating society’s ultimate bad trip?
Join authors Douglas Rushkoff (Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires), Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky), Julie Holland (Good Chemistry), and moderator Ken Jordan (Lucid News) for a freewheeling discussion about the intersection of tech and psychedelics. We will explore the question: “What could the technology industry learn from psychedelics, and what might the emerging psychedelics industry learn from the mistakes of Silicon Valley?”
Wednesday, January 24
7 – 9pm EST
222 East 46th Street New York, NY 10017