Jason Silva

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Jason Silva
Born Jason Luis Silva
(1982-02-06) February 6, 1982 (age 34)
Caracas, Venezuela
Alma mater University of Miami
Main interests
Film, philosophy, future studies

Jason Luis Silva (born February 6, 1982) is a television personality, filmmaker, and public speaker. The Atlantic describes Silva as "A Timothy Leary of the Viral Video Age".[1]

Personal life[edit]

Silva was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and now resides in Los Angeles, California, and New York City. His mother is Ashkenazi Jewish, and his father converted to Judaism.[2]

Silva earned a degree in film and philosophy from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He, along with Max Lugavere, produced and starred in a video documentary/performance piece entitled "Textures of Selfhood"—an experimental film about hedonism and spirituality.


Current TV[edit]

From 2005 to 2011, Silva was a presenter and producer on Al Gore's Emmy award winning cable network Current TV.[3]

Public speaking[edit]

An active and prolific speaker, Silva has spoken at Google, The Economist Ideas Festival, the prestigious DLD Digital Life Design Conference in Munich, TEDGlobal, the Singularity Summit, the PSFK Conference, and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.[4]

At TEDGlobal in June 2012, Jason premiered "Radical Openness," a new short video.[5] In September 2012, Silva presented his Radical Openness videos at the opening keynote at Microsoft TechEd Australia.[6] Radical Openness was also featured in his presentation at La Ciudad de las Ideas conference on November 10, 2012.

In September 2012, he appeared at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, where he presented a speech entitled "We Are The Gods Now."[7]

Brain Games[edit]

In 2013, Silva became the host of Brain Games on the National Geographic Channel. The show set a record as the highest rated series launch in Nat Geo's history, with an average of 1.5 million viewers for the first two episodes.[8]

Shots of Awe[edit]

In May 2013, Jason started a YouTube channel on the Discovery Digital Networks TestTube Network called "Shots of Awe". The weekly episodes are micro-documentaries exploring creativity, innovation, exponential technology, futurism, metaphysics, existentialism and the human condition.[9] Zoltan Istvan, editor for the Huffington Post, wrote that Shots of Awe is a blend of philosophy and art and has been massively popular to the younger generation.[10]


Silva has been featured in The Atlantic,[1] The Economist,[11] Vanity Fair,[12] Forbes,[13][14][15] Wired,[16] and many others.

In 2011 he became a fellow at the Hybrid Reality Institute, examining the symbiosis between man and machine.[17]

On August 15, 2012 he appeared on CBS This Morning.[18]

On September 24, 2012 he appeared on Australian ABC program Q&A alongside Tanya Plibersek, Kelly O'Dwyer, Mark Carnegie & Elliot Perlman.[19]

In October 2013 he appeared on YouTube for Google and NASA's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab.[20]

His film ATTENTION: The Immersive Power of Cinema[21] is part of the exhibition 'KINO und der kinamatografische Blick' ('CINEMA and the cinamatographic gaze'), 20 March - 2 June 2013, at MEWO Kunsthalle (de) in Memmingen (Germany).[22]

He has appeared multiple times as a guest on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.[23]

On March 18, 2014 he was a guest in an episode of SourceFed's Tabletalk.[24]

Jason Silva has also appeared as a guest on Season 2 Episode 9 of StarTalk TV Series.[25][26]


  1. ^ a b "A Timothy Leary for the Viral Video Age". The Atlantic. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.jewishjournal.com/hollywood/article/the_jewish_stars_creators_and_themes_of_winter_tv
  3. ^ Gorman, Steve. "Al Gore collects interactive Emmy for Current TV". http://www.reuters.com/. Reuters. Retrieved 23 March 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ "Jason Silva Bio". CAA Speakers. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Silva, Jason. "Radical Openness". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Silva, Jason. "Radical Openness". Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Silva, Jason. "We Are The Gods Now". Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Brain Games is National Geographic's Highest-Rated Series Premiere Ever". BroadwayWorld.com. Wisdom Digital Media. 2013-04-23. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  9. ^ Silva, Jason. "Shots of Awe". Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  10. ^ Zoltan Istvan, Transhumanist Art Will Help Guide People to Becoming Masterpieces, Huffington Post, (June 5, 2014).
  11. ^ "Jason Silva speaking at the Ideas Economy Conference in Innovation". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Why We Could All Use a Heavy Dose of Techno-optimism". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Radical Openness: A Trip Through Our Next Frontier". Forbes. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Four Steps To Finding Inspiration, From An Idea DJ". Forbes. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  15. ^ Alex Knapp, Jason Silva Muses on Humans Turning Into Gods, Forbes, (Aug. 5, 2011).
  16. ^ "Jason Silva’s Captivating Videos Deliver a Dose of ‘Techno-Optimism’". Wired. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Hybrid Reality Fellows". Hybrid Reality Institute. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Jason Silva: Wonder junkie". CBS. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "Q&A - Tanya Plibersek, Kelly O'Dwyer, Mark Carnegie, Elliot Perlman & Jason Silva". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  20. ^ "Google and NASA's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab". YouTube. 11 October 2013. 
  21. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlClW6-Ozms&list=UUiL3S6IS15fYdcNS8HOn2cw&index=11
  22. ^ http://www.mewo-kunsthalle.de/ausstellungen/kino.html
  23. ^ Silva, Jason. "Joe Rogan Experience Podcast". Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  24. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhyHzxLvIIM
  25. ^ http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/startalk/episodes/brian-cox/
  26. ^ http://www.startalkradio.net/announcing-season-2-of-startalk-tv-on-national-geographic-channel-premiere-date-and-first-episodes/

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