My art-making always has been a subconscious divination ritual that I’ve invoked in parallel with the rational techno-social forecasting I have done for fifty years. Institute for the Future was the perfect place to juxtapose my heretofore private art with my public future forecasting. It turns out that when you look at these twin strands of my work over my career, a strong theme emerges: mind amplifiers and consciousness exploration. The artist’s statement I wrote for the IFTF show turned into a full artobiography on Medium. An illustrated, truncated version was created by IFTF as a catalog for the show. On opening night in February, 2017, my daughter introduced me, I said a few words, then Stanford Communication Department Chair Fred Turner and I had a public conversation about my odd position as the public intellectual equivalent of an outsider artist. Fabrice Florin recorded a video of that An Evening with Howard Rheingold
Steve Hargadon is a great interviewer, and about 80 members of his active Classroom 2.0 community joined via text chat. The recording (use the player controls) includes audio, video, slides, and text chat. You will be asked to allow the download and launch of a Java applet, then use the player controls to play the recording.
The video from my Net Smart presentation to New Media Consortium just became available, as did the MIT Press Podcast.