2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

How to Build the Post-Human Brain

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By 2040, humans just might be nearly indestructible, according to Ray Kurzweil and some of the world’s top scientists. Advances in technology and medicine will obliterate the maladies of today, and make life expectancy rates skyrocket. As humankind transcends physical pains and we live longer lives, the question remains: is our brain equipped to deal with an infinite lifetime of memories? And if not, then what happens to the way we remember our lives? Will we be able to download our thoughts and memories somehow? And where, then, does machine end and human begin? Join a discussion of futurists who live and work at the convergence of technology, memories, and science.



Alyson Shontell

Sr Reporter

Business Insider

Alyson joined Business Insider in July 2008 as the 6th employee. Formerly Sales Planner, Alyson is now a Senior Reporter. She primarily covers technology with a focus on startups.

Alyson is also the host of Business Insider's conferences. She has appeared on CNBC, CNN and CBC and interviewed media personalities like Dr. Oz.

She graduated from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications where she majored in psychology and advertising.


Daniel Kraft


Singularity University

Physician, innovator & entrepreneur. Executive Director of FutureMed and Faculty Chair for Medicine at Singularity University

Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard-trained physician-scientist with over 20 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and innovation. Dr. Kraft chairs the Medicine track for Singularity University and is Executive Director and curator for the FutureMed, a program which explores convergent, exponentially developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare.

Dr. Kraft is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics following residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and completed Stanford fellowships in hematology/oncology & bone marrow transplantation, and extensive research in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. He has multiple scientific publications, medical device, immunology and stem cell-related patents through faculty positions with Stanford University School of Medicine and as clinical faculty for the pediatric bone marrow transplantation service at University of California San Francisco.

Dr. Kraft recently founded IntelliMedicine, focused on connected, data driven, and integrated personalized medicine. He is the inventor of the MarrowMiner, an FDA approved device for the minimally invasive harvest of bone marrow, and founded RegenMed Systems, a company developing technologies to enable adult stem cell based regenerative therapies.

Daniel is an avid pilot and serves as a officer and flight surgeon with an F-16 Squadron in the California Air National Guard. He has conducted research on aerospace medicine that was published with NASA, with whom he was a finalist for astronaut selection.


Michael Chang



Michael Chang is CEO of YesVideo, the leading cloud platform for viewing and sharing vintage video memories. Michael brings over 15 years of experience in business and technology to YesVideo. He is responsible for defining the company's market vision and leading his team to continued success by creating innovative products and services for the millions of consumers that YesVideo serves. Previously, Michael cofounded Greystripe, the largest brand focused mobile advertising network, and also served as CEO. Greystripe was acquired by ValueClick in 2011. Michael also worked at Incubic Venture Capital and was responsible for investments in Internet and software companies. Michael holds an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and a BS in EE from Carnegie Mellon University.


Tim Chang

Managing Dir

Mayfield Fund

Tim is a proven investor who has been named to the Forbes Midas List of Top Tech Investors. He is a trilingual global technology executive who has lived in Japan and has a decade of investing experience. He invests in early-stage companies that leverage the drivers of mobile, social, and SaaS/adtech and is passionate about the quantified self movement and how gamification is being applied to business. He co- leads Mayfield’s China investments and some of his companies include AdChina, Lashou and PCH International. Some of his notable investments include ngMoco (acquired by DeNA), Playdom (acquired by Disney) and Iridigm (acquired by Qualcomm). His current investments include Badgeville, Basis, Branchout, Healthtap, Lumos Labs, MOAT and Zirtual. He holds an MBA from Stanford University, an MS and BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and plays guitar in two bands.

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