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AI & Wearable Tech Researcher at MIT Media Lab

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 Arnav Kapur Biography

“Imagine perfectly memorizing things, crunching numbers as fast as computers do, silently texting other people, suddenly becoming multilingual so you can hear the translation in your head in one language and speak in another.”

This is the vision of Arnav Kapur, pioneering inventor, researcher and rising star of the MIT Media Lab. As featured on CBS News 60 Minutes, he is working toward a future where people are at the center of technology that is used for good – extending our intelligence and abilities multifold without unplugging us from our environments, as today’s digital devices do, and enabling us to solve the world’s big problems. That future, in which wearable AI amplifies human intelligence, isn’t far from reality.

Kapur, a graduate researcher at MIT, is leading progress toward melding human and machine. Both a neuroscientist and computer scientist, he builds technologies that augment us – instead of replacing us – by disappearing into the background of the human experience. These inventions have the ability to raise us to new levels of curiosity, creativity and cognitive accomplishments. Kapur’s latest innovation is AlterEgo, an AI-enabled headset that allows humans to silently communicate with computers and other people without making any mouth movements or physical actions. The device – which Kapur so eloquently demonstrated live during his acclaimed 2019 TED Talk, “How AI Could Become an Extension of Your Mind” – detects, via powerful sensors, the signals the brain sends to internal speech mechanisms, like the tongue or larynx, when you speak to yourself. Ask the device a question and, through a separate part of the headset that uses bone-conduction audio, the AI can identify and transmit an answer back to you. Kapur, who won the $15,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for AlterEgo and was named a 2019 TED Fellow, makes it clear this isn’t mind reading nor science fiction. Rather, it’s an early example of how AI can increasingly become an extension of our own mind and body, not diminishing our humanity but allowing us to express ourselves freely and unobtrusively, and to learn in unprecedented ways. AlterEgo also has significant implications in health care for the millions of people who struggle with speech, like those with ALS, oral cancer and stroke.

An explorer and creator at heart, Kapur’s expertise lies in bringing together science and the arts – disciplines that he believes offer unique yet equally important perspectives, each necessary for problem-solving. Having grown up in New Delhi, India, Kapur offers another distinct lens: he understands the cultural differences in the ways people around the world think about their relationships with technology. Kapur’s early and impressive resume of inventions further prove his desire to advance technology while strengthening the human condition and augmenting our cognition. He’s worked on a lunar rover that will land on the moon in 2021, invented a 3D printable drone, experimented with measuring gene expressions at large scale and developed an audio device that helps narrate the world for the visually impaired.

Kapur’s extensive portfolio of research and invention has been by high-profile media outlets, including the Smithsonian, MIT Technology Review, New Scientist, The Guardian and Forbes, among others. He and his work have also been honored with the Fast Company Innovation by Design Award, the World Technology Award, Disrupt 100 and the FF Rising Star Award, in addition to numerous other coveted recognitions. Kapur has also exhibited art installations at the Tate Modern, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, alt-AI and QUT Brisbane.

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Arnav Kapur

AI & Wearable Tech Researcher at MIT Media Lab

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Arnav Kapur Biography

“Imagine perfectly memorizing things, crunching numbers as fast as computers do, silently texting other people, suddenly becoming multilingual so you can hear the translation in your head in one language and speak in another.”

This is the vision of Arnav Kapur, pioneering inventor, researcher and rising star of the MIT Media Lab. As featured on CBS News 60 Minutes, he is working toward a future where people are at the center of technology that is used for good – extending our intelligence and abilities multifold without unplugging us from our environments, as today’s digital devices do, and enabling us to solve the world’s big problems. That future, in which wearable AI amplifies human intelligence, isn’t far from reality.

Kapur, a graduate researcher at MIT, is leading progress toward melding human and machine. Both a neuroscientist and computer scientist, he builds technologies that augment us – instead of replacing us – by disappearing into the background of the human experience. These inventions have the ability to raise us to new levels of curiosity, creativity and cognitive accomplishments. Kapur’s latest innovation is AlterEgo, an AI-enabled headset that allows humans to silently communicate with computers and other people without making any mouth movements or physical actions. The device – which Kapur so eloquently demonstrated live during his acclaimed 2019 TED Talk, “How AI Could Become an Extension of Your Mind” – detects, via powerful sensors, the signals the brain sends to internal speech mechanisms, like the tongue or larynx, when you speak to yourself. Ask the device a question and, through a separate part of the headset that uses bone-conduction audio, the AI can identify and transmit an answer back to you. Kapur, who won the $15,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for AlterEgo and was named a 2019 TED Fellow, makes it clear this isn’t mind reading nor science fiction. Rather, it’s an early example of how AI can increasingly become an extension of our own mind and body, not diminishing our humanity but allowing us to express ourselves freely and unobtrusively, and to learn in unprecedented ways. AlterEgo also has significant implications in health care for the millions of people who struggle with speech, like those with ALS, oral cancer and stroke.

An explorer and creator at heart, Kapur’s expertise lies in bringing together science and the arts – disciplines that he believes offer unique yet equally important perspectives, each necessary for problem-solving. Having grown up in New Delhi, India, Kapur offers another distinct lens: he understands the cultural differences in the ways people around the world think about their relationships with technology. Kapur’s early and impressive resume of inventions further prove his desire to advance technology while strengthening the human condition and augmenting our cognition. He’s worked on a lunar rover that will land on the moon in 2021, invented a 3D printable drone, experimented with measuring gene expressions at large scale and developed an audio device that helps narrate the world for the visually impaired.

Kapur’s extensive portfolio of research and invention has been by high-profile media outlets, including the Smithsonian, MIT Technology Review, New Scientist, The Guardian and Forbes, among others. He and his work have also been honored with the Fast Company Innovation by Design Award, the World Technology Award, Disrupt 100 and the FF Rising Star Award, in addition to numerous other coveted recognitions. Kapur has also exhibited art installations at the Tate Modern, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, alt-AI and QUT Brisbane.

Arnav Kapur Videos

  • How AI could become an extension of your mind | Arnav Kapur
  • Where tomorrow's technology is born - MIT Media Lab
  • AlterEgo: Interfacing with devices through silent speech

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  • How to book Arnav Kapur?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Arnav Kapur for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Arnav Kapur, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Arnav Kapur or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Arnav Kapur?

    Booking fees for Arnav Kapur, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Arnav Kapur, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Arnav Kapur?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Arnav Kapur for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Arnav Kapur for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Arnav Kapur or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Arnav Kapur or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Arnav Kapur is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Arnav Kapur for your event is available upon request. Arnav Kapur generally travels from Boston, MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Max Tegmark, Mariya Yao, Joseph Redmon, Maxwell Planck and Ben Wellington. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Arnav Kapur for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Arnav Kapur Speaker Videos

  • How AI could become an extension of your mind | Arnav Kapur
    Where tomorrow's technology is born - MIT Media Lab
  • AlterEgo: Interfacing with devices through silent speech

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