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Altered Reality: AR, VR, and XR! (a Funny as Tech panel show)



123 East 24th Street
New York, NY 10010
United States


Tuesday, May 8, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm


“In this live show, comedy and tech come together at last. Each month, the tech ethicist David Ryan Polgar and the comedian Joe Leonardo invite a wide range of guests to pick apart and laugh about such matters as algorithms and artificial intelligence.” -The New York Times On Tues, May 8th Funny as Tech will have a freewheeling live panel show (taped for podcast) on Altered Reality: AR, VR, & XR. Will augmented reality alter the workplace and living space of the future? Will virtual reality achieve its long-discussed promise? How will this impact our relationships? The panel for Altered Reality: AR, VR, & XR! -Susanna Pollack: President of Games for Change, the leading global advocate for the power of games and virtual realities as drivers of social impact -Debra Davis: Founder and Managing Director of NKLS, which advises on and invests in AR/VR and other emerging technologies -Samantha Wolfe: Founder of PitchFWD, a Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality consulting agency & “Marketing New Realities: An Introduction to Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Marketing, Branding, & Communications” What Is Funny as Tech? Funny as Tech is a NYC-based monthly live panel show and weekly podcast that tackles the thorniest issues in tech! Co-hosts David Ryan Polgar (tech ethicist) and Joe Leonardo (comedian) invite a diverse range of experts to unpack our absurd present and uncertain future. The aim is to have a freewheeling conversation that is informative, accessible, and entertaining. Topics have included diversity in tech, trolls, tech addiction, cryptocurrency, the future of work, and the future of conversation (chatbots, etc). Previous guests have included CNN’s Laurie Segall, comedian Chuck Nice, bestselling author Nir Eyal, media theorist Douglas Rushkoff, WNYC’s Manoush Zomorodi,’s Dennis Mortensen, design researcher Pamela Pavliscak, diversity advocate Tracy Chou, and futurist comedian Baratunde Thurston. "While shifts in technology now affect all of us, they're usually discussed in the ivory tower or at industry conferences. Like any subject involving niche expertise, future speculation and no clear-cut answers, it's hard to make entertaining. A show like Funny As Tech presents an alternative: an expert who quotes studies from PricewaterhouseCoopers with a comedian who can make it digestible on the fly." -Engadget (Video from Engadget about Funny as Tech)