Samin Khan
Animo Ventures Inc. Founder, Artificial Intelligence Researcher at The Vector Institute

Samin is an internationally recognized artificial intelligence developer and mental health researcher. He was the 2018 world champion of Microsoft’s ‘Olympics of Technology’ – Imagine Cup – with over 40 000 competing teams worldwide. Samin is the founder of Animo, which quantifies and predicts psychological wellbeing to facilitate human flourishing through the predictive capacities of AI.

Mindfulness in the Digital Age
Saturday, May 2, 2020 — 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM

“We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.” – Marshall McLuhan

On one hand, we have a world rapidly evolving into a digital where every one of us has a footprint. On the other hand, we are increasingly finding our use of smartphones, social media and technology as nearly addictive. Do we remove ourselves from the digital sphere or do we submit to the future upon us? This workshop involves a careful examination of the complex ways our minds and bodies integrate with technology use. Join the discussion on the latest research on ways human cognition is currently affected by the latest technologies.

We will explore mindfulness meditation centered around smartphone use. Technology use can provide us deep insights about ourselves and potentially enhance mindfulness. It is upon us now to begin to determine how to set ourselves on a course towards this or allow ourselves to be enslaved by the very tools we built.

Three Takeaways:

  • Develop an understanding of how technology use is influencing mindfulness
  • Identify contextualized interactions with technology that enhance or inhibit mindful
  • Engage in ways to incorporate mindful & introspective technology use