About Javier

Bio

Originally from Colombia, living in Texas. Studied Philosophy and Psychology, while exploring creativity and perception. Taoism is my metaphysics, and the future of technology is my motivator. We create in order to better understand the universe and ourselves.

Languages

English, Spanish

TED Conferences

TEDActive 2014, TEDActive 2013, TEDActive 2012, TEDActive 2010

Areas of Expertise

Web tech, Philosophy, psychology, Creative thinking

An idea worth spreading

We are human because we have the ability to project consciousness, emergent behaviors like empathy and our imagination are all based on our ability to imagine being something else. The internet is becoming the world of ideas that Plato imagined so long ago. Computers will surpass our cognitive abilities within this century.

I'm passionate about

creativity, philosophy, psychology, adaptive systems, flexibility, open mindedness, learning, sharing, love, time, perception, emergence.

Talk to me about

Emergent systems and behaviors, symmetry, perception, neurology, neural computation, genetic algorithms, computer vision, the open source movement, engaging experiences, data visualization, complexity

People don't know I'm good at

Contact Juggling, and bringing out the positive things out of almost any situation. I developed a TED app for the Chumby alarm clock.

My TED story

I was introduced to TED by my brother, and have been a huge advocate of the life changing power of ideas. Just seeing these amazing people discuss their passions has been hugely influential. I am looking forward to attending TED in the near future.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Javier Fadul
Posted over 3 years ago
What makes a great TED/TEDx) talk? What advice would you give 2 a TED/TEDx speaker? What talks might a speaker watch 2 learn? Specifics, pls
Creating the sense of connection with the people in attendance is huge! Also, encourage your presenters to step a little bit outside their comfort zone. Like Jill Bolte Taylor mentioned in the behind the scenes video, she decided to go out on a limb and really reach for something profound. Its no wonder her talk is one of the most memorable ones out there. Brene Brown from TEDxHouston did a great job at putting her true self on stage, and openly sharing her experiences. Its interesting how the talk discusses how being comfortable with vulnerability can lead to acceptance and what she defines as "whole heartedness". Its worth noting how her talk could be referring to itself. The insight the presenter can provide into their experiences really goes a long way in making us feel like it could have been us going through what they went through. Then a few laughs and sighs should be sprinkled throughout.
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Javier Fadul
Posted over 3 years ago
Will the TEDx initiative cause a transition away from "Ideas Worth Sharing" - towards "Emotions Worth Sharing"?
This is an interesting distinction you are suggesting. I think the talks that resonate the most with an audience are the ones that connect at the emotional level. So I can see how the vast explosion of presentations of the TEDx program could be seen as a growth in the emotional aspect. Still I think that the emotions are the support beams of the ideas. Emotions help us relate to the presenter, but the ideas presenter are still the ones worth sharing.
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Javier Fadul
Posted over 3 years ago
William Gibson said "The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed yet." What futures have you seen that are here, but unrecognized?
Currently in Love with the work of http://n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com/ even though I am not much into jewelry. I am drawn to the fact that they use bio-mimicry in all of their designs. Also I love that they design the algorithm, and then let the simulations of the natural processes dictate the outcome. They also touch on several of the DIY principles you mention in the examples. If more of manufacturing, architecture, and design in general adopted more of the principles of nature and natural processes, we would be living in a much healthier world.
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Javier Fadul
Posted over 3 years ago
Should anyone be able to upload their TEDTalk to TED.com?
I am also going with No, but only if we compare the upload functionality to youtube. I think if a separate channel is setup with a sort of crowd sourced curation, it could lead to some interesting discussions and new material bubbling up. Still I cannot imagine these reaching the level that the curated and published TED talks currently have.
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Javier Fadul
Posted over 4 years ago
Gary Flake: Is Pivot a turning point for web exploration?
As more and more content is posted on the web, search and visualization will become even more important. We have seen how a search company can become a global power because of their ability to connect information to the user. Now, I believe, we need to place more emphasis on how we make sense and find meaning from the large amount of information that is available. This is a great example of how we can get more insight about data by seeing it from a broader perspective. I am excited about this and other technologies evolving with that purpose.
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Javier Fadul
Posted over 5 years ago
Ray Kurzweil: A university for the coming singularity
im 100 pages into "The Singularity is Near" the graphs here are extensions of that book. its amazing the scope of his writings. He has very thorough analytical view of past trends, and very clearly outlines his projections on the future. Can't wait to finish the book and pull together some notes.