Catalyst Conversations: Tod Machover and Kevin Esvelt

March 28, 2016


MIT Media Lab, Bartos Theater


In a world capable of destroying itself, composer Tod Machover and evolutionary biologist Kevin Esvelt are both interested in helping our society make big and imperative changes. Machover with his crowd-sourced City Symphonies and Esvelt with Sculpting Evolution, which invents new ways to study and influence the evolution of ecosystems. They ask many questions; among them are these:
Can the boundaries of hatred be broken? Can art do this? Can science do this? Can music be a way to radically break down boundaries? Can changes be made by tweaking nature itself? Their conversation will explore issues they are both passionate about and compelled by in their respective projects.

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