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.


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.[3]

At TEDGlobal in June 2012, Jason premiered a short video entitled "Radical Openness".[4] In September 2012, Silva presented his Radical Openness videos at the opening keynote at Microsoft TechEd Australia.[5] Radical Openness was also featured in his presentation at La Ciudad de las Ideas conference on November 10, 2012.

In September 2012, presented "We Are the Gods Now" at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.[6]


Current TV[edit]

From 2005 to 2011, Silva was a presenter and producer on Al Gore's cable network Current TV.[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 and had an average of 1.5 million viewers for the first two episodes.[8]

Guest appearances[edit]

On August 15, 2012 he appeared on CBS This Morning.[9] On September 24, 2012 he appeared on Australian ABC program Q&A.[10] and he has appeared as a guest on Season 2 of StarTalk.[11][12]

Original internet content[edit]

"Shots of Awe"[edit]

In May 2013, Jason began "Shots of Awe", an YouTube channel on the Discovery Digital Networks TestTube, presenting weekly "micro-documentaries" on creativity, innovation, exponential technology, futurism, metaphysics, existentialism and the human condition.[13] 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.[14]

Other appearances[edit]

In October 2013 he appeared on YouTube for Google and NASA's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab.[15]

He has appeared multiple times as a guest on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.[16]

On March 18, 2014 he was a guest in an episode of SourceFed's Tabletalk.[17]

Other accomplishments[edit]

Silva has been featured in The Atlantic,[1] The Economist,[18] Vanity Fair,[19] Forbes,[20][21][22] Wired,[23] and many others.

In 2011 he became a fellow at the Hybrid Reality Institute, examining the symbiosis between man and machine.[24]

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

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