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Saturday, July 15, 6:30-7:30 pm, Steven J. Ross Theater

Explore the impact of immersive technology on the future of mobile entertainment. Join two-time Future of Storytelling speaker Dr. Beau Lotto as he speaks about the neuroscience of perception and the role that technology can play in mediating and expanding our relationship with the world. Dr. Lotto argues that technologies that digitally augment reality are uniquely positioned to engage our perceptions. By enhancing our physical reality, such tools allow us to truly occupy the space between the real world and the world of our dreams.

About Future of StoryTelling (FoST):
The Future of StoryTelling (FoST) is a passionate community of people from the worlds of media, technology, and business who are exploring how storytelling is evolving in the digital age.

At the heart of FoST are two signature events: The two-day, invitation-only FoST Summit (October 4–5) gathers top thinkers and practitioners from diverse fields to share ideas and experiences shaping the storytelling landscape. FoST Festival (October 6–9), open to the public, features VR and AR experiences, tech demos, a multiperson VR theater, panel conversations, live performances, interactive games, and much more.

In addition to the Summit and Festival, FoST also produces a wide range of content and programming, such as curated exhibitions, including Sensory Stories, which showcased an array of new narrative experiences and attracted more than 40,000 visitors to New York’s Museum of the Moving Image and Montreal’s Phi Centre; an annual series of short films, with upwards of three million views to date, highlighting the people and big ideas shaping the storytelling landscape; regular influencer salons, Tech Tastings™, and storytelling workshops; and a monthly newsletter and other social media content aimed at FoST’s network of over half a million followers.

After the Session Interview

The Future of Storytelling - Full Session

Dr. Beau Lotto, Future of StoryTelling
Neuroscientist and Entrepreneur

Dr. Beau Lotto's research on perception explores the ways in which we are conditioned to experience the world through our own versions of reality. Lotto's research on illusion has taken him beyond neuroscience into business, education, and the arts. His education program, iScientist, resulted in the youngest published scientists in the world. His lab became the first publicly accessible research space, doubling as a nightclub, redefining what science is and who can participate in it. Most recently, Lotto founded the first digital social platform, predicated on his neuroscientific research of what it is to be human. He has given two main-stage TED talks and has spoken at Google Zeitgeist, Wired, and the G8 Summit. His most recent book, Deviate, was released by Hachette in February 2016, further exploring the relationship between context and perception.