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RENDER: Tools For Thinking

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From the documenting software on the earliest PCs to modern tools like Roam Research, software's paramount value has been in providing people leverage in not just their productivity, but also their thinking. For this edition of Render, we'll be exploring new advancements in the space with some of its brightest entrepreneurs and contributors.

We'll be taking tours of new projects, learning about knowledge graphs as public resources, discussing recent advancements in AI and ML in understanding semantic meaning of ideas, and of course sharing with one another how we use these tools ourselves. Join us as we explore the past, present, and future of tools for thinking.

When

August 16, 2022
11:30 am

Where

Betaworks, 29 Little West 12th St, New York, NY 10014

Speakers

Alice

Albrecht

Founder + CEO
re:collect
@AliceAlbrecht

Jerry

Michalski

Founder
Open Global Mind
@jerrymichalski

John

Borthwick

CEO
Betaworks
@Borthwick

John Borthwick has been a leader in the New York startup, technology business for over two decades. He is the Founder and CEO of betaworks, a New York-based startup platform that builds, accelerates & invests in early-stage consumer technology. Companies built by betaworks include Giphy, Dots, bitly, Tweetdeck, and Chartbeat. Investments & accelerated companies include Twitter, Tumblr, Kickstarter, Medium, Anchor, Gimlet and recently Hugging Face, RecRoom, Superplastic, and XMTP.

He serves on the boards of WNYC, New York Public Radio, Data & Society, and several DAOs. John holds an MBA from Wharton and a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University.

Linus

Lee

Researcher in Residence
Betaworks
@thesephist

Linus's independent research investigates the future of knowledge representation and creative work aided by machine understanding of language. He's interested in what comes after today’s language and writing systems, and what learning, creating, and collaborating may look like in the long future of humanity. He has spent the last year prototyping software interfaces and technologies that build on recent advances in NLP to imagine a few such possible futures, and bring some narrow slice of them to life. When he's not fixing language models or hacking on compilers, you can find him sprinting between missed subway stops from his home in East Village.

Davey

Morse

Founder
Plexus
@davey_morse

Gordon

Brander

Co-Founder,
Subconscious
@gordonbrander

Christopher

Pedregal

Founder
Socratic and Stack
@cjpedregal

Esther

Dyson

Founder
Wellville
@edyson

Daniel

Doyon

Co-Founder
Readwise
@deadly_onion

Tristan

Homsi

Co-Founder
Readwise
@homsiT

Sponsors

Agenda

Proof of Full Vaccination Required

Betaworks requires all visitors to show proof of full vaccination to enter. No exceptions. Two ways that you can show proof:
  • Official vaccine card with at least 2 weeks having passed since the date of the last required dose (1 dose for J&J/AstraZeneca, 2 for Pfizer/Moderna)
  • An active digital pass such as the NY State Excelsior Pass or the CLEAR app
What else is happening?
In Person & Livestream
Public Event

RENDER: Tools For Thinking

When

POSTPONED: New Date TBA
August 16, 2022
11:30 am

Where

Betaworks, 29 Little West 12th St, New York, NY 10014
RSVP

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Postponed: New Date TBA

Event Details

From the documenting software on the earliest PCs to modern tools like Roam Research, software's paramount value has been in providing people leverage in not just their productivity, but also their thinking. For this edition of Render, we'll be exploring new advancements in the space with some of its brightest entrepreneurs and contributors.

We'll be taking tours of new projects, learning about knowledge graphs as public resources, discussing recent advancements in AI and ML in understanding semantic meaning of ideas, and of course sharing with one another how we use these tools ourselves. Join us as we explore the past, present, and future of tools for thinking.

Agenda

Speakers

Alice

Albrecht

Founder + CEO
re:collect
@AliceAlbrecht

Jerry

Michalski

Founder
Open Global Mind
@jerrymichalski

John

Borthwick

CEO
Betaworks
@Borthwick

John Borthwick has been a leader in the New York startup, technology business for over two decades. He is the Founder and CEO of betaworks, a New York-based startup platform that builds, accelerates & invests in early-stage consumer technology. Companies built by betaworks include Giphy, Dots, bitly, Tweetdeck, and Chartbeat. Investments & accelerated companies include Twitter, Tumblr, Kickstarter, Medium, Anchor, Gimlet and recently Hugging Face, RecRoom, Superplastic, and XMTP.

He serves on the boards of WNYC, New York Public Radio, Data & Society, and several DAOs. John holds an MBA from Wharton and a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University.

Linus

Lee

Researcher in Residence
Betaworks
@thesephist

Linus's independent research investigates the future of knowledge representation and creative work aided by machine understanding of language. He's interested in what comes after today’s language and writing systems, and what learning, creating, and collaborating may look like in the long future of humanity. He has spent the last year prototyping software interfaces and technologies that build on recent advances in NLP to imagine a few such possible futures, and bring some narrow slice of them to life. When he's not fixing language models or hacking on compilers, you can find him sprinting between missed subway stops from his home in East Village.

Davey

Morse

Founder
Plexus
@davey_morse

Gordon

Brander

Co-Founder,
Subconscious
@gordonbrander

Christopher

Pedregal

Founder
Socratic and Stack
@cjpedregal

Esther

Dyson

Founder
Wellville
@edyson

Daniel

Doyon

Co-Founder
Readwise
@deadly_onion

Tristan

Homsi

Co-Founder
Readwise
@homsiT

Sponsors

Proof of Full Vaccination Required

Betaworks requires all visitors to show proof of full vaccination to enter. No exceptions. Two ways that you can show proof:
  • Official vaccine card with at least 2 weeks having passed since the date of the last required dose (1 dose for J&J/AstraZeneca, 2 for Pfizer/Moderna)
  • An active digital pass such as the NY State Excelsior Pass or the CLEAR app
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RENDER();

Tools
For
Thinking

How New Technologies are Changing How We Create, Share, and Build Knowledge

When

August 16, 2022
11:30 am

Where

Betaworks, 29 Little West 12th St, New York, NY 10014
Proof of Full Vaccination Required

RENDER is Over, but Camp is just beginning

We had some great speakers and participants turn out for Render, and we all got to participate in very interesting conversations. You can find recordings of all of our sessions below. If you're working on a Tool for Thinking and want to participate in our upcoming accelerator program, you can learn more here.

Building Bicycles for the Mind

From the documenting software on the earliest PCs to modern tools like Roam Research, software's paramount value has been in providing people leverage in not just their productivity, but also their thinking. For this edition of Render, we'll be exploring new advancements in the space with some of its brightest entrepreneurs and contributors.

We'll be taking tours of new projects, learning about knowledge graphs as public resources, discussing recent advancements in AI and ML in understanding semantic meaning of ideas, and of course sharing with one another how we use these tools ourselves. Join us as we explore the past, present, and future of tools for thinking.

Speakers

Howard

Rheingold

Author
Tools for Thought
@hrheingold

Alice

Albrecht

Founder + CEO
re:collect
@AliceAlbrecht

Jerry

Michalski

Founder
Open Global Mind
@jerrymichalski

John

Borthwick

CEO
Betaworks
@Borthwick

Linus

Lee

Researcher in Residence
Betaworks
@thesephist

Davey

Morse

Founder
Plexus
@davey_morse

Gordon

Brander

Co-Founder,
Subconscious
@gordonbrander

Christopher

Pedregal

Founder
Socratic and Stack
@cjpedregal

Esther

Dyson

Founder
Wellville
@edyson

Daniel

Doyon

Co-Founder
Readwise
@deadly_onion

Tristan

Homsi

Co-Founder
Readwise
@homsiT

Schedule

11:30 AM
Doors Open
12:00 PM
Welcome
with MC
12:10 PM – 12:20 PM
How Do We Define Tools for Thinking and Why Do They Matter?
Join Jerry Michalski and John Borthwick as they talk about their interest in tools for thinking, and what excites them the most about the future of the category.
12:20 PM – 12:50 PM
Inflection Points for Tools for Thinking
What are the key inflection points that will supercharge Tools for Thinking in the near future? How will new technologies, user metaphors, and funding models change how people build these tools? John Borthwick will be discussing how the landscape is changing with the co-founders of Readwise, Daniel Doyon & Tristan Homsi.
12:50 PM – 1:00 PM
Q+A
1:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Demo: Protocol Design for Tools for Thinking
Gordon Brander will be presenting a brief demo on Subconscious and the Noosphere, products he and his team are working on to allow Tools for Thinking to become interoperable and better connected.
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Lunch and Networking
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
The History and Future of Software as Tools for Thinking
Some of the earliest examples of software explored by pioneers like Doug Engelbart, JCR Licklider, Alan Turing, and others were at their core technologies that help magnify, inspect, and spread our ideas. Jerry Michalski will be sitting down (virtually) with Howard Rheingold, author of Tools for Thought, to explore the history and future of "mind-amplifying technology".
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Q+A
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Tools for Thinking Product Demos
We’ll hear from builders and thinkers deep in the space and get to take a look at what they’re working on. We’ll be checking out Plexus, Re:Collect, Jerry’s Brain, Subconscious and more. 
4:15 PM – 4:45 PM
Leveraging AI and ML in Building New Tools for Thinking
Alice Albrecht and Linus Lee will be sitting down with Chris Pedregal to discuss their work in leveraging AI and Machine Learning for creating new kinds of tools for thinking.
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Q+A
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Idea Dimensionality and Representing Semantic Meaning
How do ideas - and the human brains that make and hold them - interact?  Get prepared for meta! Esther Dyson and Jerry Michalski, will discuss the idea of how people work together to shape, compare, intertwine and ultimately produce multi-faceted ideas and multi-dimensional idea spaces.  As David Waltz (Thinking Machines) once said, “Words are not in themselves carriers of meaning, but merely pointers to shared understanding.” Watch and lob questions as the two of them try to build and share the idea of how better ideas can be developed through collaboration.
5:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Q+A
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM
Closing and Happy Hour

Proof of Full Vaccination Required

Betaworks requires all visitors to show proof of full vaccination to enter. No exceptions. Two ways that you can show proof:
  • Official vaccine card with at least 2 weeks having passed since the date of the last required dose (1 dose for J&J/AstraZeneca, 2 for Pfizer/Moderna)
  • An active digital pass such as the NY State Excelsior Pass or the CLEAR app