Brian Pope, a Yale-educated Native American writer/director, entrepreneur and philanthropist, founded XR media lab Cognition in early 2015.
Pope combines a deliberately unorthodox and progressive business philosophy with a passion for art, film and technology with a lifelong commitment to philanthropy in an effort to make Cognition like no other company before it.
His beliefs about the roles of storytelling, humanitarianism and (post)humanist issues and technologies drive Cognition and its progressive RE • t h i n k™ platform of ideas and endeavors, making Cognition a unique think-tank and development center for humanitarian interests and technologies
Pope is also founder and executive director of Arc/k Project, a 501(c)(3), now revolutionizing digital cultural heritage preservation. His mission is to empower cultures in crisis to protect their own identity against illicit trafficking, digital poaching, vandalism, and ideological/religious warfare. Recent projects include a crowd-sourced 3D reconstruction of Palmyra from over 12,000 photos and an ongoing effort in cooperation with Venezuelan citizens and museums to archive endangered art.
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