This episode features two segments that focus on reimagining our relationship to technology, and the ways in which it contributes to our reality.
First, we speak with JAZSALYN, an anti-disciplinary artist, curator and creative director and a graduate student in an MFA student in Parsons’ Design + Technology program who is one of the creators of black beyond, a platform making space for artists and activists to speculate alternate realities for Blackness. black beyond is hosting a virtual new media festival titled black beyond _origins to reimagine Black Femme Futures starting June 17th, 2021. I caught up with Jazsalyn about the festival, and about her vision for how a world that repositions and centers communities that are often left out of discussions on technology, or what is the future.You can learn more about origins at https://blackbeyond.xyz/ or at blackbeyond_origins.eventbrite.com, and check out the alternate realities segment on dub lab radio at dublab.com/djs/black-beyond.
Then, we look at another look at ideas for reimagining our relationship to technology and the world around us.
The Urban Tech Hub of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech is a new venture in New York City that generates applied research, fosters an expanding tech ecosystem, and cultivates the next generation of leaders in urban technology. Last month the Jacobs Urban Tech Hub at Cornell Tech released Rebooting NYC: An Urban Tech Agenda for the Next Administration, a set of strategic recommendations for how the next New York City Mayor, City Council, Comptroller, Public Advocate, and Borough Presidents can leverage new technologies to improve the lives of all New Yorkers. I spoke to Rohit “Rit” Aggarwala, formerly an executive at Sidewalk Labs and now the Hub’s Senior Urban Tech Fellow, and Matt Stempeck, who is currently at Cornell University as Technologist in Residence, about the report.
Justin Hendrix is CEO and Editor of Tech Policy Press, a new nonprofit media venture concerned with the intersection of technology and democracy. Previously, he was Executive Director of NYC Media Lab. He spent over a decade at The Economist in roles including Vice President, Business Development & Innovation. He is an associate research scientist and adjunct professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Opinions expressed here are his own.