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Mick Ebeling

Founder & CEO, Not Impossible Labs; Author, Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn’t Be Done

Named one of the “Top 50 Most Creative People” in 2014 by Advertising Age, Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year, and most recently, Small Business Council of America 2015 Humanitarian of the Year and iMedia “Top 20 Marketer of the Year,” Mick Ebeling is the founder of Not Impossible Labs.

  
The Fallacy of “Impossible"

Since the launch of the EyeWriter and Not Impossible Foundation, Mick Ebeling has passionately studied the concept of “impossible.” All the modern conveniences we see around us were once considered impossible by people who didn’t know any better. Synthetic fabrics, cell phones, and digital watches (not to mention cars and computers) were all figments of the imagination until inspiration met execution and the impossible became a reality. In this talk, Ebeling dives deeper into “impossible,” the underlying psychological effects it has on an organization, and how to overcome “impossible” so true innovation can take place.

Radical Collaboration

Take a Hollywood producer, a NY professor, a fine artist and a hacker with a criminal record…put them together and what do you get? A device that helped a paralyzed man create drawings using only the movement of his eyes. Collaboration comes in many forms—some of them unexpected. In this talk, Mick Ebeling discusses the tools necessary to become a stellar collaborator, and to recognize the traits of collaboration-worthy individuals for your next big idea.

Making the Next Industrial Revolution

Industrial Revolution 2.0—it's the next turning point in human history and we’re right in the middle of it.

Industrial Revolution 2.0 has been about the birth, adolescence and young adulthood of the Internet. It's been about communicating, relating, evaluating and buying. From social media to the Maker Movement, this revolution has shifted the way we live, work and interact with one another. It revolves around the newfound global accessibility of making our own solutions. Creator of one of TIME magazine’s “Top 50 Inventions” with little more than $70 of over-the-counter supplies, Mick Ebeling is uniquely qualified to discuss the factors that make this the most exciting time in modern history, and how to leverage those factors for the benefit of business and the betterment of society.

Darth Meets Luke (Reimagining A.I. in Service of Humanity)

Artificial Intelligence has been a perpetual trending topic for the past several years. It's the subject of some 50 TED talks, hundreds of industry white papers, and enough speculative chatter to fill a data center. Most of the speculation vacillates between sunny optimism about product development and dire warnings accompanied by prescriptions for safeguards and constraints. Into the center of this rhetorical dualism steps Mick Ebeling, founder and CEO of Not Impossible Labs. His presentation has immediate implications and applications for business, education, government, medicine, the arts, and nearly any discipline where technology can extend human capability.

Built on real-world experience in creating access technologies to help individuals transcend physical limitations, Mick's talk defies current paradigms of hype and sci-fi fantasy with a practical, human-centered approach to AI and machine learning. By focusing on underserved communities and overlooked individuals, and by using open-source technology to solve their problems, Mick's company has opened the door to more universal human needs. This flips the script on closed systems and tech for the 1%, pushing AI development ahead through wider dispersal and a hacker's DIY mentality.

Using compelling case studies, Mick explores three levels of technological enhancement to human life, with a particular emphasis on exploiting neuro-plasticity and networks for the greater good. The intent behind innovation and the experience it makes possible, he suggests, are both more important than the technological means by which we achieve it. Always more inspiring and provocative than merely informative or reassuring, Mick connects with audiences where they are and takes them places they've never been. With compassion, humor, and deep insight, he dismantles a tangle of A.I. theory and opinioneering to illuminate Defiant Intelligence as a personal, useful reality, here and now.

Meet Mick Ebeling

Named one of the “Top 50 Most Creative People” in 2014 by Advertising Age, Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year, and most recently, Small Business Council of America 2015 Humanitarian of the Year and iMedia “Top 20 Marketer of the Year,” Mick Ebeling is the founder of Not Impossible Labs.

Mick Ebeling is a force of nature, working as a public speaker, CEO, philanthropist, producer and author. His first NIL project, the EyeWriter, was listed in TIME magazine’s “50 Best Inventions of 2010” and resides in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. In 2013, Ebeling flew to the war-torn region of Sudan to 3D-print prosthetics for children. He established the world’s first 3D-printing prosthetic lab and training facility. Project Daniel has won Cannes Titanium, Gold and Bronze Lions as well as SXSW, Telly, AICP and One Show awards. Ebeling’s motto—technology for the sake of humanity—is defined in his book Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn’t Be Done. His book is now in its fifth printing.

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