Toshi Anders Hoo

Biography

Toshi leads the Emerging Media Lab (EML) at Institute for the Future to research and explore the implications of the rapidly evolving technologies and platforms that are transforming human communication. He brings years of creative, new media, large-scale production expertise that bridges IFTF emerging media research to create immersive futures experiences that span a wide variety of domains and sectors. He has worked on a wide range of cutting edge experiential media projects utilizing interactive and immersive technologies (such as A/R and V/R). Under Toshi’s direction, the EML at IFTF serves as a prototyping studio, an independent research group, and an active participant in the continually evolving relationship between humans and the sophisticated media systems we create.

Prior to joining IFTF, Hoo served as media technology consultant for famed futurist, Ray Kurzweil, and produced live VR demonstrations with Kurzweil for the TED stage. In 2007, Hoo co-directed the feature length documentary ‘The Singularity is Near’ with Kurzweil based on his best-selling book. Hoo’s work explores not only the direct applications of emerging technologies, but also the wider implications and impact on individuals, organizations, and society at large.