Steven Bathiche, Dir. of Research, Applied Sciences Group, Microsoft, Benh Zeitlin, Director, "Beasts of the Southern Wild", Mitch Singer, Chief Digital Strategy Officer, Sony Pictures, Frank Bruni, Columnist, New York Times, and Bobby Ghosh, Editor, TIME International, discuss "Generation Next" and the era of new creativity.
Steven Bathiche has been doing applied research at Microsoft since 1999. Mr. Bathiche’s interests are in creating novel human machine interfaces, technologies, and computer form factors that embed themselves in the daily life of people to better the way they work, play, and communicate. He established the Applied Sciences Group, a 20 person interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers focused on developing an innovation pipeline for Microsoft products and experiences. Recent notable contributions include algorithms for Microsoft’s Kinect, Pixel Sense technology for Surface Table 2.0, Anti-ghosting technology for Sidewinder X4 keyboard, Microsoft’s Multi-Touch Mouse, and most recently technologies for Surface RT, Pro, and TouchCover accessories.
In the past, he has invented a number of shipping Microsoft features and products; pointer ballistics algorithm that has been shipping in Windows since XP; the new laser tracking technology in Microsoft’s navigation devices; the first Surface Table Computer and its mixed reality interactions; and, the SideWinder Freestyle Pro game pad: the first commercial gaming device to use accelerometers for gesture input.
During his tenure at Microsoft he has given featured talks and keynote addresses in conferences such as TTi, IDC, SID, Thinking Digital, and a number of universities and research institutions. He has been featured in a number of publications such as Wired, New York Times, Playboy Magazine, Discover Magazine, Computer Power User, Popular Mechanics, and other publications. Mr. Bathiche’s interests are in creating novel human machine interfaces, technologies, and computer form factors that embed themselves in the daily life of people to better the way they work, play, and communicate.
Mr. Bathiche obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master’s degree in Bioengineering from the University of Washington. While in graduate school he developed the Mothmobile, the infamous hybrid robot that uses an insect as its control system via a neural electrical interface. He holds 56 patents.
Frank Bruni, an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times since June 2011, joined the newspaper in 1995. Over his years at The Times he has worn a wide variety of hats, including chief restaurant critic (from June 2004 through August 2009) and Rome bureau chief (2002 to 2004).
He has also written two New York Times best sellers: a memoir, "Born Round," that was published by Penguin Press in 2009, and "Ambling Into History," a chronicle of George W. Bush's campaign for the presidency, published by HarperCollins in 2002. That same year HarperPerennial reissued, in paperback, "A Gospel of Shame: Children, Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church," of which he was a co-author. (It was initially published by Viking in 1993.)
Mr. Bruni came to The Times from The Detroit Free Press, where he wrote a profile of a convicted child molester that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. At The Times he first worked for the metropolitan desk and, along with three colleagues, won the George Polk Award for metropolitan reporting for coverage of the child-abuse death of Elisa Izquierdo. He later relocated to the Washington bureau, covering Congress and then Mr. Bush's presidential campaign and his first year in office. He left Washington for Rome.
He has consistently contributed to the Times's Sunday magazine, and during two periods, most recently from 2009 to 2011, was one of its staff writers. For the magazine he has profiled an array of prominent politicians and entertainers, including Hillary Clinton and J. J. Abrams. His work has also frequently appeared in the newspaper's Travel, Arts & Leisure and Book Review sections. From 2010 to 2011, he additionally wrote a column on bars and drinking, "The Tipsy Diaries."
Born in White Plains, N.Y., on Oct. 31, 1964, Mr. Bruni received a B.A. degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead scholar, in 1986. He received an M.S. degree in journalism, with highest honors, from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1988, graduating second in his class and winning a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship.
Bobby Ghosh is Quartz's Managing Editor, based in New York City. He has strong opinions on foreign affairs, food and football... Not necessarily in that order. Ghosh was previously at TIME Magazine for 16 years, including stints in Hong Kong, London, Baghdad, New York and Washington.
Mitch Singer is Chief Digital Strategy Officer at Sony Pictures Technologies. In this capacity, Mr. Singer collaborates with Sony Pictures’ various business units on studio-wide strategies to address the ongoing digital transformation of the entertainment industry – helping to identify digital business opportunities, exploring new products, formats, and services, representing SPE in industry forums, and working to mitigate digital theft. He focuses on emerging and disruptive technologies and evaluates and develops adaptive business models to stay ahead of the technological curve. In addition to developing new consumer usage models, Mr. Singer plays a central role in Sony Pictures’ worldwide anti-digital theft and digital rights management efforts. Singer has been the lead negotiator for Sony Pictures in content protection technology licensing issues.
In addition to developing new consumer uses, Mr. Singer is responsible for coordinating Sony Pictures worldwide anti-piracy activities and for the company's involvement in worldwide standard-setting activities, including CableLabs, Coral, AACS, DVD CCA and others. He has been involved in digital rights management from the launch of DVD and has been the lead negotiator for Sony Pictures in content protection technology licensing.
Mr. Singer Regularly participates in anti-piracy forums and industry discussions, including forums held by Variety and the Content Protection Summit 2012
Mr. Singer represents the studio in numerous standards setting activities. He currently serves as President of DECE, the 75-member, cross-industry consortium behind UltraViolet (http://www.uvvu.com), the effort to create open standards for digital entertainment distribution enabling consumers to acquire and play content across a wide range of services and devices.
Mr. Singer sits on the boards of Motion Picture Laboratories, DVD CCA, Entertainment Technology Center USC, the HDBaseT Alliance as well as the HQME (“High Quality Mobile Experience”) Steering Committee. He also was appointed to the copyright committee for The National Academies’ Board of Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP). In 2012, Mr. Singer was inducted into the Variety Home Entertainment Hall of Fame.
Mr. Singer joined Sony Pictures Entertainment in 1990 as Counsel in the Litigation Group. In 1991, he became Counsel to the Television Legal Group, and was promoted to Senior Counsel in 1992. He was named Assistant General Counsel in 1994 and became Vice President in the Television Legal Group in 1996. That same year, he was named head of Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment Legal Affairs. In 1997, Mr. Singer became Senior Vice President and transferred to the Intellectual Property Department for SPE. In this capacity he was responsible for traditional intellectual property issues such as copyright and trademark, new technology licensing and content protection.
Mr. Singer received both his JD and MBA from the University of San Diego.
Born in New York City and raised in Sunnyside, Queens and then Westchester County, Benh Zeitlin began his career as a filmmaker at the tender age of 6 when he and a friend made a Batman movie. He continued making films as a child before attending Wesleyan University, where he majored in film. After graduation, Mr. Zeitlin spent a summer in Prague working with a prominent animation artist. Returning to the U.S., he worked in a private school in Manhattan helping elementary students create short films. Mr. Zeitlin is best known for his films “Egg”, “Glory at Sea”, and “Beasts of the Southern Wild”. At the 8th Annual Academy Awards, Mr. Zeitlin’s film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” was nominated for Best Achievement in Directing and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published.
New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains that while technology allows us to explore the broader world, certain functions such as personalization compel people to fixate on specific tastes and obsessions, whether they are creative or ideological.