Magic Leaps onto 4YFN stage with Jared Ficklin

Augmented reality and spatial computing are relatively new concepts, and people wearing tethered headsets may have been entertaining to watch at first — but as these models and experiences evolve, they open up a whole new world of possibilities. AR startup Magic Leap is at the forefront of revolutionizing how we view and interact with technology and computing as we know it.

It is for that reason that we are delighted to announce that Jared Ficklin, Strategic Design Partner to Magic Leap and Chief Creative Technologist at argodesign, is joining 4YFN as a speaker. He will talk about the ways in which spatial computing will allow us to integrate our digital lifestyles into our physical locations, and give insight into the most cutting edge mixed reality innovations. Here, we catch up with Jared to talk about his personal ambitions, some wise words, and the future of tech.

What are you talking about at the conference?

The ways in which spatial computing, enabled by devices like Magic Leap One, promises to build the next pattern of computing.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about the intersection between humans and technology—not only the design of the interaction and experience, but also the philosophical futurism of how we incorporate or deploy technology in service to humanity.

If you weren’t doing your current job, what would your dream job title be?

Interactive Artist. My dream job is product designer, but a fantasy scenario in the spirit of this question would be to dedicate more of my time and passion to conceptual and even artistic expressions of product design as an interactive artist.

What is the future of your field?

For 20 years we have introduced the digital world of computing to people for productivity, entertainment and socialization. During that time, a lot of physical products took on digital interfaces or were digitized. Now, as product designers, we are closing a gap in the opposite direction by giving physical interfaces to what were entirely digital products. Next will be integrating the digital into reality, creating interfaces for ubiquitous computing, and the many augmentations of humanity that computing will bring.

Why is it so important?

We need to do this in service to humanity rather than in response to the machines. There is a promise here nearing evolution. But also, in the process,can’t we just create more beauty, simplicity, and calmer lives with a kind of equitable abundance?

What are your favourite sayings (they can be your own)? Words to live by?

Think by Making, Deliver by Demo.

What does the world look like in 50 years?

We have a chance at a post scarcity society: one where automation has secured a kind of abundance that allows us to consider economies that don’t run on resource distribution, and value systems that focus on humanity over strict capital. Ecologies cared for by Ecopoets, logistics handled by adhocracies, economies based on gifting, philotic connections nurturing the soul, and authority in the hands of continuous frictionless revolution.

Where will you be four years from now?

Deploying a Asimov Compliant Robotic Zen Garden at Burning Man.