Videos of Speeches and Interviews

Interview with Rob Cheyne at Source Austin

Interview with Rob Cheyne at Source Austin

A quarter-century ago, I began addressing the impacts of the hacker revolution on the human inside the machine - how it would transform our lives, our thinking, our work, our identities. I was describing the "digital revolution" as a transformational engine, not as an...

When Privacy Goes Poof!

When Privacy Goes Poof!

"Get over it!" as Scott McNeeley said - unhelpfully. Only if we understand why it is gone and not coming back do we have a shot at rethinking what privacy means in a new context. Thieme goes deep and wide as he rethinks the place of privacy in the new social/cultural...

Biohacking

Biohacking

Distinguishing the transhumanist hype from the sane science is not always easy. Then add the antics of real hackers to the mix – adventuresome sometimes reckless souls who want to tease out of a complex system ways to make it do what it was never designed to do,...

Playing Through the Pain

Playing Through the Pain

Dismissing or laughing off concerns about what it does to a person to know critical secrets does not lessen the impact on life, work, and relationships of building a different map of reality than “normal people” use. One has to calibrate narratives to what another...

Critical Thinking for Def Con Kidz

Critical Thinking for Def Con Kidz

This short mini-keynote for r00tz Asylum spoke to "kidz" ages 6-16 on critical thinking, using biohacking and UFO studies as examples.

Hacking the Human Body/Brain

Hacking the Human Body/Brain

This presentation is beyond fiction. Current research in neuroscience and the extension and augmentation of senses is proceeding in directions that might sound to a twentieth century mind like science fiction. Progress is rapid but unevenly distributed: Some is...

Hacking as Practice for Life in the 21st Century

Hacking as Practice for Life in the 21st Century

A quarter-century ago, I began addressing the impacts of the hacker revolution on the human inside the machine - how it would transform our lives, our thinking, our work, our identities. I was describing the "digital revolution" as a transformational engine, not as an...

The Future of Hacking

The Future of Hacking

Radical hacking is a state of mind, an approach to life, the universe, everything, a practice that must be understood with humility, explored with persistence, and mastered with grace and a flair for style. It begins in the beginning. In Zen we hear of “beginners’...

The Only Way to Tell the Truth is in Fiction

The Only Way to Tell the Truth is in Fiction

Over a decade ago, a friend at the National Security Agency told Richard Thieme that he could address the core issues they discussed in a context of “ethical considerations for intelligence and security professionals” only if he wrote fiction. “It’s the only way you...

Big Data 1.0 + 2.0

Big Data 1.0 + 2.0

An overview of some of the issues confronting us in this space.

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