On April 11, 2018, ARHT Media holoported notable historian, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari, from Tel Aviv, Israel to the TED2018: The Age of Amazement conference held in Vancouver, Canada. Professor Harari was holoported to TED2018 for his talk in real-time, followed by a live Q&A session with Chris Anderson, the Head of TED, who attended the event in person.
Our holographic telepresence technology uniquely enabled Harari, a busy professor of history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, to participate in a conference that he would have otherwise been unable to attend.
Mina Sabet, TED’s Director of Video and Production, stated that “this technology will bode extremely well for similar circumstances when high profile speakers are unable to physically be present at one or multiple venues.”
Moreover, ARHT Media’ s live stream two-way delivery enabled an interactive Q&A session with holoported Dr. Harari and the Head of TED, Chris Anderson, who attended TED2018 in person.
Sabet added that “we [TED] were thrilled with the live audience reaction to Professor Harari’s address, especially when he and Chris [Anderson] were conversing on stage at the end of his talk.”
In his TED talk, Yuval Noah Harari warned that new technology might be used as a fascist tool. He argues expansion of artificial intelligence and centralized data processing threatens democracy by making dictatorships more efficient than relatively decentralized democracies. In response, Harari suggests preventing large amounts of data from being concentrated by a select few to avoid manipulation by those controlling the data.
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— Yuval Noah Harari (@harari_yuval) April 12, 2018
Chris having a Q&A with a hologram: Yuval Noah Harari (!) in Session 3 – After the End of History 🙃. The talk was even more impressive & thought provoking: on the faces of data-driven fascism and why historical parallels are important, but exist within a fundamentally different context to where we are today. #ted2018 #ageofamazement #beyondvr #digitalself.
TED 2018 | Session 2: After the End of History… – For session two, we evoke a sense of “future history.” a perspective from the distant future where we look back on the 21st century. We drew inspiration from tapestries, mosaics and grecian urns; artwork that recounts major events in human history. – Design: Mike Ellis, Anthony Diehl Illustration: Mike Ellis Animation: Anthony Diehl, David Kelso – Photos: Bret Hartman / Ryan Lash / @ted #TED2018