IBM's Raphael Arar creates art and designs experiences that examine the complexities of our increasingly technocentric lives.

Why you should listen

While his artwork raises questions about our relationship with modernity and technology, Raphael Arar’s design work revolves around answering those questions in human-centered ways. 

Currently a designer and researcher at IBM Research, Arar has been exploring ways to translate aspects of emotional intelligence into machine-readable format. Through this, he is passionately tackling ethical platforms of artificial intelligence. Inc. Magazine says he "epitomizes the style and multi-disciplinary skill set of the modern designer," and in 2017, he was listed as one of Forbes's "30 under 30 in Enterprise Technology."