- Lars Jan
- Los Angeles, CA
- United States
Artistic Director / Founder, Early Morning Opera
How can creatives use new technologies to increase empathy across cultural and geographic distances?
I'm fascinated by how people feel close to one another and how the answers to that question are evolving.
Live TED Conversation: Join TED Fellow Lars Jan
Lars is a media artist and founder of Early Morning Opera, a multidisciplinary art lab creating works about "America right now."
This conversation will open at 1:00PM ET on November 18th
Closing Statement from Lars Jan
THANK YOU ALL CONTRIBUTORS ! Lots of insight, passion and bunch of new threads to follow. I think the conversation veered towards empathy as relates to how we experience the world via the web, which seems like the trunk of this conversation. I'm also curious about what other branches will evolve — comments about universal translation and the future of gaming sparked my imagination in particular.
Benedict Anderson calls nations 'imagined communities.' We are pretty successful at imagining our affiliation with 300 million other folks, and that was the case well before the web and other social tools emerged. I'm constantly wondering about how we might expand that number to about 7 billion. 300 million and 7 billion both feel like infinity, at least to me. So I'm essentially imagining the same thing anyway.
Looking forward to connecting with you again, in thought or person as the case may be, somewhere down the line. Thanks again for sharing your passion! Onwards and upwards...