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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.
What Is Your Story?
Future in Five: Mick Ebeling
Hunger: Not Impossible
Making The Impossible Possible
Music: Not Impossible: Super Bowl Halftime ASL
Who is Not Impossible?
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.