Putting a DENT in the Future in Sunday Valley ID

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 1:04 AM

From technologists, entrepreneurs and scientists, to artists, astronauts and Olympic Gold medalists, people collect around to hear radical new ideas, memorise from the best of the best and share their best practices, all below the roof of the Sunday Valley Inn, a stone'south toss from Baldy Mountain and incredible views, even in the Spring.

Putting a DENT in the Future in Sunday Valley ID

Putting a dent in the future -- isn't that a compelling idea? And, what'south even more compelling is that it means such different things to different people and why the eclectic DENT Conference in Sunday Valley Idaho, is so unique. From technologists, entrepreneurs and scientists, to artists, astronauts and Olympic Gold medalists, people collect around to hear radical new ideas, memorise from the best of the best and share their best practices, all below the roof of the Sunday Valley Inn, a stone'south toss from Baldy Mountain and incredible views, even in the Spring.

The brain baby of Seattle-based Jason Preston and Steve Broback, DENT is presently in its fourth year and my third year of attending, DENT'south format is a mix of educational, interactive and thought provoking, with unconference break-out sessions, fireside chats and general talks.

Since the spine of the conference stems from the technology community, it seemed fitting that American futurist and author Amy Webb would speak. As Founder of the Future Today Institute, she's her hands in a lot of projects. She asks us wryly: "What happens when we obtain what we declare we want?"  She also addressed where and how large data will modify how we think about the world and how we interact with it.

What if an algorithm could predict our news? What if a news legend could be written by an algorithm, using curated and scraped data that could obtain published? If you chase financial and sports news today, you may be surprised to memorise that many of these stories are already being written by algorithms. Yet, it'south not something we really think about and curation is already there in some industries. What if algorithms designed our genuine world experiences or even more radical: what if algorithms could program our people?

Photo credit: http://www. goldenhourblog. com

Rather than reading a single news story, data that reaches our desktop or mobile device is becoming more personalized for you, all programmed by an algorithm. She says, "the nugget of news will be personalized based on our own elderly data and online behavior which means that there'south an infinite no of possible stories that could be distributed."

What if in the not too distant future, there will be editors but number journalists. Imagine that you'll have your own personalized news feed that's pre-filtered based on your likes and preferences. It begs the question: is that what we really want? Because there are so many possible places to obtain our news, the genuine cost will be super customized and personalized. Sure, it'll be content vetted, but isn't there an element of joy when we discover new things exterior our consolation zones?

If the vetted, curated large data funnel merely delivers me content on travel, photography and food because those are topics of interest I look for about the most, will I ever memorise about something new I might wish to try, love martial arts or sky diving? What gets marshaled to the top and what gets moved to the third page of my search? We're leaving bread crumbs everywhere, every single day. Maybe in the future, we'll PAY to be anonymous and that'll be worth more than anything else.

PATH'south CEO Steve Davis addressed Malaria. What does Malaria have to do with technology and innovating the future you ask? A lot when you reflect on the fact that it's two thousand sixteen and with all of our advancement, malaria still impacts so many.

If you're not familiar with PATH, they work on vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, service and system innovation and they partner with organizations to drive down these diseases that affect so many and so unfairly.

From large data, virtual reality, robotics, health and analytics, we turned to some of the problems NASA is trying to solve. Female astronaut Cady Coleman talked about what we can memorise from other species and planets and how they've already learning lessons about sustainability from Mars.  She asserts that all the problems on Mars are essentially earth problem as well.  We memorise that NASA is collaborating with the exterior world to infuse innovation.

Their site SOLVE is a single portal for public participation listing all opportunities to actively be engaged in in supporting NASA'south mission and some of the things they're working on are similar to xPrize. They've centennial challenges, learner focused challenges, space apps challenges, such as building a robot that can go into space, gather stuff and bring the data back.

After this session, DENT announced a new event called DENT Space, which will be held in San Francisco'south Innovation Hanger in September.

Former NFL football player Dhani Jones had his own set of ideas and rules for how to succeed. For entrepreneurs, which made up the majority of the attendees, learning about best practices is vital to getting ahead. From football and restaurants to being the star of a Travel Channel series for two seasons, he's his hands in a Cincinnati-based creative agency and a non-profit as well.

Learning from his time with the Giants, he emphasized the necessity to re-focus (we'd call that pivot in the tech world) and then obtain laser focused on what you wish to achieve. He says, "Rewiring yourself in life is the same in life as it's in business. It'south always about re-shift, re-focus and relationships," he said and then added, "there'south a sense of collaboration that needs to happen in the world -- you can't create it all yourself - you necessity to do it together with others."

Beverly Parenti is breaking ground and shaking things up with In-Prison Career training in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their program, The Latest Mile, teaches business and entrepreneurship where inmates could tap into social media, write a business map and interact with CEO's, visitor authors and start-up entrepreneurs. Additionally through a pilot they've been running out of San Quinton Prison, they've an opportunity to pitch the business idea to invited guests and fellow inmates.

The Latest Mi allows prisoners to re-define who they're and how they're viewed in the world post release: Having a work can ultimately be the greatly expand the likelihood of success and a smooth re-integration into everyday life.

Parenti says their mission is to learn marketable skills to lead to jobs when prisoners obtain out. The idea she says, "if we could reduce the percentage of recidivism and crack the reincarcernation cycle then maybe the kids of those prisoners won't go down the same path as their parents did." Today, they're already teaching technology skills in San Quentin, which is an industry known for judging the quality of your work, rather than stigma of your past.

From overcoming obstacles in prison and re-inventing yourself, award-winning free diver Mandy Rae Krack demonstrates how to utilize the state of flow to attain incredible things with diving. Number joke, this woman'south handle on Twitter is @Breathholder and that'south precisely what she's "the best" at doing -- holding her breath.  She spoke of her experience swimming with humpback whales, which changed her life.

Love in life'south daily obstacles, Mandy had to memorise how to overcome the evil monkeys in your head when you're having an off-day. That off day might see and perceive even worse if you're free diving in Canada'south deep waters, which is love swimming in complete darkness than it'd if you were at two-hundredth meters in crystal clear warm Caribbean waters. She highly recommends visualization, which I subscribe to as well and used it when I first walked over hot coals for the first time.

Un-conference proposals seemed to be all over the place, from Artificial Intelligence, Mental Health 2.0 and how to obtain around your own biases when hiring, to the Ethics of Sex Robots -- is a sexual encounter with a robot considered cheating?

Yoga was led every morning by Conrad Preston and Larry Brown soothed our souls by playing guitar over the course of three days. Look a brief video I shot of Larry leading an unconference which is about as unstructured as it sounds and performing at the final reception.

On innovation, Buick and Emblematic Grouping teamed up to create the ultimate virtual reality experience with the Buick Avista Concept Car. While you won't look the Avista Concept on the road as a production vehicle, its sculptural beauty and performance apparently aim to inspire the following generation of Buick vehicles. They were on-site to bring people into a surreal 3D world of that concept car.

If you've never had an immersive virtual experience of this magnitude. What I saw was a dreamy, if not a tiny spacey version of the below through my goggles, but since it was a 3D experience, I was interior the car. I could grovel and peer into the front engine from the driver'south seat, the coolest portion of the demo, at minimum for me.

 

Photo credit: Buick website: http://www. buick. com/avista-concept-coupe. html

The latest highlight for me was hanging out with Las Vegas-based magician and mentalist Simon Winthrop. Who knows, maybe he was at his best when he performed for Hollywood celebrities or for sixteen straight hours for the Saudi Royal Family in Dubai at the Palace, but my guess is that he's as mesmerizing for smaller groups -- he managed to captivate us for three straight days. He read people'south minds, performed bizarre card tricks, ended up with my look in his hand without my feeling it while standing in front of me and made rings disappear.

DENT is a dazzling and mind-expanding experience where people connect forces for various collaborative efforts to move the needle and dent the future. It happened in Silicon Valley and it happens once a year in pretty Sunday Valley, where people with a genuine desire in helping excellent ideas grow and spread, all arrive together with overlapping interests and empathetic hearts.

Through the lens of Chris Voss' camera

Greg Kisor, Renee Blodgett, Michael Grabham -- photo courtesy ofRussell Sparkman

Above, Jason Preston interviews Buick'south Dan Kinney -- look Myriam Joire'south video interview with Dan. 

Larry Brown plays magical tunes...

Marsha CollierPhil Colley, Buick, Renee Blodgett

Simon Winthrop performs...

Kyle Kesterson

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