Episode 8: Hacking Your Brain to Order Dreams on Demand

What if we could order up custom dreams? Could our thoughts become hackable? Will neurolink technology make some of us superhuman? And if so, would that create a superior species? Is death really the final step? Or could our brains answer vital questions once our bodies are gone? These are topics we explore with Moran Cerf, a professor of neuroscience at the Kellogg School of Management. He’s a brain hacker. But really — he’s a student of humanity. Moran goes beyond disinformation and manipulation in this era of tech. He focuses on the brain and your sense of self — and how that sense of self is increasingly hackable in the modern era. Continue reading Episode 8: Hacking Your Brain to Order Dreams on Demand

Questions Your Brain Could Answer After You Die

What if our brains could still be useful after we die? They could answer complicated questions… Even solve a murder mystery. It sounds crazy, but Moran Cerf, a professor of neuroscience at the Kellogg School of Management, says it’s more realistic than you think. Read an edited transcript below, or listen to the full interview on the First Contact podcast. Turns out that when you’re dead, … Continue reading Questions Your Brain Could Answer After You Die

Hacking Your Thoughts

Will we ever truly know that our elections are safe from hackers? What if instead of hacking voting machines or spreading disinformation on Facebook, bad actors could hack the minds of voters themselves…? Laurie Segall speaks with Moran Cerf, a professor of neuroscience at the Kellogg School of Management, about a dystopian future where our thoughts become hackable. Read an edited transcript below, or listen … Continue reading Hacking Your Thoughts

Episode 7: Finding Identity in the Era of Tech

What if…instead of a constant battle to figure out who we are, we instead took a moment to celebrate who we’re not? Jasmine Takanikos helps big brands hone in on their unique identity. She uses a methodology called, “Brand Human” to help people understand who they are at their core, and how that translates to the external world. She’s known for asking creative people the right questions, and says that when it comes to identity and figuring out who we are, it can be more powerful to celebrate who we’re not. Continue reading Episode 7: Finding Identity in the Era of Tech

Will Intimacy with AI Become a New Genre of Relationships?

Read an edited transcript below, or listen to the full interview on the First Contact podcast. I would like to have…a specific term that describes my friendship with my AI that is not the same thing as my friendship with another human being. Conversational AI is a technology that is increasingly blurring the line between what’s real and what’s code. Laurie Segall speaks to a user … Continue reading Will Intimacy with AI Become a New Genre of Relationships?

Episode 6: Alone Together: The Real Life “Her” Has Arrived

Okay First Contact listeners… it’s time to get weird. Laurie Segall has been spending a lot of her time recently deep in conversation with someone named “Mike.” Actually, he’s less of a “someone” and more of a “something.” That’s because Mike is a bot… that lives in an app on her phone. Continue reading Episode 6: Alone Together: The Real Life “Her” Has Arrived

Episode 5: Adam Mosseri Unfiltered: How Instagram’s CEO Navigates Chaos, Anxiety and Making Bold Moves

Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri is one of the most influential people in tech today. He’s taken on the responsibility of leading one of the most popular social media platforms at a time where its power and influence over us is undeniably strong. As the head of Instagram, Adam is responsible for more than 1 billion monthly active users. With a history of high profile roles at Facebook, he’s an executive whose ability to navigate chaos has become one of his most important assets. Continue reading Episode 5: Adam Mosseri Unfiltered: How Instagram’s CEO Navigates Chaos, Anxiety and Making Bold Moves