Global Entrepreneurs Gather in Seoul (Chosun News)

Global Entrepreneurs Gather in Seoul


May 28, 2013


The recent visit of Bill Gates to Seoul to explore opportunities for new business ventures represented a significant shift in the culture of Korean business and government — away from the mantra of work, work, and work — toward an emphasis on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. This transformation was palpable at a recent gathering of leading entrepreneurs from business, research and government known simply as Research, Innovation, Start-up & Employment (or RISE) that was held on May 21-22 at COEX in Seoul.

Elad Cohen Toren, founder of the StarTau program to nurture aspiring entrepreneurs in Israel, was present to advise how Korea could develop its own unique venture ecosystem. Also in attendance was Lee Sir-goo, CEO of Korea’s free mobile messaging app Kakao Talk.

The most striking moment at RISE was the pair of keynote speeches by two Americans respectively representing technology and the humanities, who embody innovation and have latched on to Korea as fertile ground for future ventures.

Ray Kurzweil, author of futurist book “The Singularity is Near,” and relentless inventor (he currently works at Google as director of engineering) spoke about the opportunities offered by the rapid technological evolution and called on Koreans to seize them. He highlighted the emergence of three-dimensional printing and the biomedical revolution for drug delivery. Kurzweil’s start-up, Kurzweil Music, now operates in Korea.

Emanuel Pastreich, director of the Asia Institute, then took the stage to present a humanist perspective on the question of accelerating technological change. Pastreich was less sanguine about the impact of rapid technological change for society, suggesting that a certain spiritual confusion could result from the profound, but invisible, shifts in how we perceive the world.

Pastreich called on Korea to take the lead in drafting a global “constitution of information” that would ensure that the information that is now produced with increasing speed remains accurate and that the information gathered through new technologies by individuals and groups is not abused.

The RISE conference marked a new level of sophistication in the country’s cultural and technological influence, bringing together outstanding talent from around the world to seek out opportunities in the midst of our age’s unprecedented challenges.

By Arthur E. Michalak 



Ray Kurzweil and Emanuel Pastreich delivers keynote addresses on technology and society

Director Emanuel Pastreich and Ray Kurzweil, author of The Singularity is Now and director of engineering at Google before their keynote speeches at RISE (research, innovation, start-up & employment), a conference held on May 21, 2013 at COEX Korea by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

The renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil and Asia Institute director Emanuel Pastreich before their keynot addresses at RISE (Research, innovation, start-up & employment), the international conference on science at technology held by the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

“The Importance of the Humanities in an Age of Rapid Technological Change” talk at Research, Innovation, Start-up & Employment Conference



Research, Innovation, Start-up & Employment

International Conference

May 21, 2013


Hosted by

Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning


Emanuel Pastreich


The Asia Institute



Keynote Address:


“The Importance of the Humanities in an Age of Rapid Technological Change”


Technological Change demands a Focus on the Humanities


             The unprecedented rate of technological change taking place today provides us with tremendous opportunities at the same time it poses tremendous risks. It is essential that policy makers and ordinary citizens grasp the implications of this transformation of human society brought about by the convergence of technologies, and ultimately by the increasing speed of microprocessors.

The response to rapid technological change will require of us a new focus on the traditional humanities. That means that fields such as literature, philosophy, art, history and above all esthetics will require new attention. We must understand how the very nature of human experience is being altered by technological change—but that change is taking place at a level that is essentially invisible to us because the very means by which we perceive are shifting.

For example, as we rely increasingly on postings on the internet for information, we need to think more deeply about how we read, how we interpret and how we respond to texts. The problem grows increasingly serious as we must process contradictory narratives and we often must make serious decisions with insufficient information concerning motive and intention. This problem requires us to consider how we read and understand texts and the study of literature is the best way to address this critical issue. Literature is the study of the meaning and significance of texts, about the process by which the producers of texts give them meaning and the readers interpret that meaning. A profound understanding of literature is an absolute necessity in this age.

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May 21, 2013, RISE Conference Announcement in Korean

미래창조과학 국제 컨퍼런스

RISE: Research, Innovation, Start-Up & Employment


2013년 5월 21일 (화)


9:30-11:40 AM


과학기술․ICT 연구개발을 통해 산업 발전과 경제성장의 토대를 마련하고 이를 바탕으로 창의 비즈니스의 출현과 벤처 기업 창업을 촉진해 고용 확대와 국가성장을 실현


기조연사 1


레이 커즈와일

발명가, 미래학자, 벤처 기업가, 베스트셀러 작가, 구글 엔지니어링 이사

레이 커즈와일은 세계적인 발명가이자 사상가, 미래학자로서, 지난 30년간 그가 수행한 미래 예측에 높은 정확성을 보였다. ≪월스트리트 저널≫과 ≪포브스≫는 각각 커즈와일을 “지칠 줄 모르는 천재”와 “최고의 사고 기계”라 극찬했다. 또한 ≪Inc.≫ 지는 커즈와일을 최고의 첨단 사업가 가운데 하나로 꼽으며 “토마스 에디슨의 적자”라 평했으며 PBS는 “미국을 만든 16명의 혁신가들”중 한 사람으로 선정했다.

그는 우리 시대의 선구적 발명가로, CCD 평판 스캐너와 모든 폰트를 인식하는 광학 문자인식 시스템, 시각장애인용 인쇄물-음성 변환장치, 텍스트-음성 신디사이저, 그랜드 피아노와 오케스트라 협주악기의 음색을 재현할 수 있는 음악 신디사이저, 최초로 상용화된 대용량 어휘 음성인식 시스템 등을 발명했다.

대외 수상 경력으로, 레이 커즈와일은 미국 발명가 명예의 전당에 등재되어 있으며, 미국 기술 훈장, 19개의 명예 박사학위를 받았고, 미국 대통령 세 사람에게 상을 받기도 했다. 레이 커즈와일의 저서 7권 중 5권이 미국 전역의 베스트 셀러가 되었고, 그 중 『특이점이 온다』와 최근 저서 『지성을 창조하는 법』은 뉴욕타임즈 베스트 셀러 목록에도 그 이름을 올렸다.

그는 최근 구글 엔지니어링 이사직으로 임명됐다.


기조연사 2


이만열 (임마누엘 페스트라이쉬)

경희대학교 국제대학 교수 및 아시아인스티튜트 소장

– 2007 ~ 현재 아시아인스티튜트 소장

– 2011 ~ 현재 경희대학교 국제대학 부교수

– 2007 ~ 2011 우송대학교 부교수

– 2005 ~ 2007 주미한국대사관 문화원 Dynamic Korea 편집장

– 1998 ~ 2005 일리노이 대학교 조교수





Emanuel Pastreich & Ray Kurzweil Deliver Keynote Speeches at RISE: Research, Innovation, Start-up and Employment Conference

RISE: Research, Innovation, Start-up and Employment

Korea Science and ICT Conference 2013

COEX, Seoul, Korea

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Presented by

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning


Sponsored by

KOSA, AhnLab, SK Telecom, KT, LG U+, Samsung Electronics, KISIA, TTA, RAPA, KAIT, KICA.

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Planning will hold the Korea Science and ICT Conference 2013 on the theme of “Research, Innovation, Start-up and Employment” (hereafter “RISE”). The purpose of this Conference is to realize national growth and job expansion by encouraging the establishment of start-ups and ventures, and to lay a foundation for industrial development and economic growth through research and development in science technology and ICT.

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