Format: agency and school with publishing department
Location: berkeley, california
Dates: june 2021 - present
Current Status: open
Transformations of the Human (ToftH) is an independent nonprofit organization aimed at bringing philosophy, art and technology together in a single framework. Comprised of research and project work with technology firms, a school and a publication arm, ToftH launched it’s official website and welcomed its first cohort of students on December 1, 2021.
“At present, a concern for philosophical stakes is absent from technology research and development. The effect is that tech companies disrupt the concepts we live by without noticing the creative potential: the consequence is a missed opportunity to build products and processes that positively shape the new. ToftH’s mission is to change that.”
The inaugural cohort will participate in a seven month long, experimental curriculum and will receive $40,000 each. External faculty and guest lecturers include Benjamin Bratton, Eoin Brodie, Hans-Peter Brondmo, Brian Cantwell-Smith, Ian Cheng, Antonio Damasio, Kate Darling, Stephanie Dinkins, Drew Endy, Danny Ferrante, Reid Hoffman, Elaine Hsiao, Yuk Hui, Pierre Huyghe, Yann LeCun, Christian Madsbjerg, Margaret McFall-Ngai, Hartmut Neven, Michael Specter, BenVickers, Liping Zhao, Andrew Zuckerman.
ToftH is headquartered in Berkeley, CA and is powered by a small but mighty team of research and administrative staff. With the support of the Berggruen Institute and board member Reid Hoffman, the program is proud to stand on its own organizationally, practically, and financially.
Tobias Rees, CEO
Kim Newman, COO + CFO
Farida Amar, Creative Director