Theobald Presents at TEDxBeaconStreet

On Saturday, November 17, Daniel Theobald presented Zombies vs Superheros: Surviving the Robot Revolution to the TEDxBeaconStreet youth segment.

The presentation engaged children from 7 to 14 years old in discussing the effects that automating technologies, including robotics, will have on the economy, jobs, and education over the next century.  Theobald demonstrated how children have a choice to become “zombies” – consumers of new technology and media – or “superheros”  – catalysts who use the tools of the modern age to do good deeds.

Theobald encouraged his audience to aspire to become superheros by “learning how to learn”. He underscored the importance of continuous learning with examples of how the future will require the ability to adapt to new technology as automation and robotics are introduced rapidly to new work environments. “Change,” he said, “is the only constant in the world of innovation.”

In addition, he urged his listeners to follow their curiosity, interests, and imagination with confidence, and to hold on to their beliefs even when others don’t agree. He quoted Einstein, saying, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”  Theobald explains that much of innovation is a result of those who dare to think differently.

Theobald presented to a live audience at the Lincoln School in Brookline, MA. The event was simulcast online and to an audience at Google in Cambridge, MA. This was the first TEDxBeaconStreet, featuring nearly 100 speakers, covering topics across technology, entertainment, and design for audiences of all ages.