• When ‘Black Mirror’ Becomes Reality

    with Dr Jordon Nguyen & Brenna Harding

     

    We’re often given a dark dystopic picture of the future from the likes of Black Mirror, which is definitely valid and should be taken as a warning of where we could end up, but Dr Jordan Nguyen & Brenna Harding like to offer a brighter vision for the future. Dr Jordan Nguyen will be drawing on his adventures around the world to understand the latest advancements and predict what’s coming next in our ever-evolving fields of science and technology. He design many things inspired by sci-fi mixed with human endeavour, from eye-controlled vehicles to holographic wizards chess to virtual avatars to preserve the memories of loved ones. Logie Award winning actress Brenna Harding shares what it was like working on the Black Mirror episode everyone is talking about – Ark Angel. Prepare yourself for an amazing mind-opening discussion.

     

    About Dr Jordan Nguyen

    Dr Jordan Nguyen is a man on a mission to change the world. In 2012 he completing his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney. Drawing on his experience of almost breaking his own neck, followed by meeting many inspiring people who push the boundaries to achieve their dreams despite living with high level physical disability, he developed a mind-controlled smart wheelchair. Now as founder of Psykinetic, he designs life-changing technologies focusing on intelligent, futuristic and inclusive technology. He creates and presents documentaries on ABC Catalyst and Discovery Channel, he was a 2017 finalist in Australian of the Year for NSW, named in the Top 100 Most Influential People Globally on Virtual Reality, and he recently had the honour of being Master of Ceremonies for former President Barack Obama during his visit to Australia. His mission is to improve the lives of as many people as possible.

     

    About Brenna Harding

    One of Australia’s most exciting young actors, Brenna Harding is best known for her role in the hit television series Puberty Blues as ‘Sue Knight’, she was awarded the 2012 Logie for Most Popular New Female Talent and also nominated for the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent and the AACTA Award for Best Young Actor. 

    Brenna’s other television credits include Secret City, The Code (Series 2), My Place, Packed to the Rafters and A Place To Call Home. In 2017 she starred in Netflix’s Black Mirror episode ‘Ark Angel’, directed by Jodie Foster. Brenna has also worked broadly in Theatre, with some of her recent work being ‘The Wolves’ at The Old Fitz Theatre director by Jessica Arthur, as well as ‘Cloudstreet’ at The Malthouse Theatre, directed by Matt Lutton.

    Beyond acting, Brenna is currently studying a Bachelor of Communications, a Diploma of Innovation, and a Certificate 2 in Australian Sign Language. She has campaigned for LGBTIQA+ rights since childhood and currently sits on the board of youth led anti-homophobia organisation, Wear it Purple. Most recently, she has been protesting alongside the Djab Wurrung Heritage Protection Embassy community to protect sacred Djab Wurrung trees from removal by the Victorian Government.

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