Moran Cerf

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Moran Cerf is a professor of neuroscience and business - spending time between the Kellogg School of Management, the LIJ department of Neurosurgery and the MIT Media Lab. Additionally, he is science consultant for various Hollywood films and TV shows, and is the Sloan screenwriting professor at the American Film Institute. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Cerf worked as a hacker for nearly a decade, breaking into leading financial and government organizations to test their security. This career has led him to investigate the brain using non-traditional methods and tools and techniques that benefit from heavy computational skills. Accordingly, his academic research uses methods from neuroscience to understand the underlying mechanisms of our psychology. Working with patients undergoing brain-surgery he studies behavior, emotion, decision making and dreams, by directly recording the activity of individual nerve cells using electrodes implanted in their brain. He holds multiple patents and his works have been published in wide-circulation academic journals such as Nature and Science, as well as Scientific American Mind, Time, Slate.com, New Scientists and numerous media outlets such as CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, NPR, MSNBC and dozens of others. He has been featured in venues such as the Venice Art Biennial and China’s AST, and has contributed to magazines such as Wired, Forbes, The Atlantic, Inc. and more. He is a multiple-times national story-telling champion, and his public talks at PopTech, DLD, Google Zeitgeist, TED, and others have received millions of views and a large following. Recently, he was named one of the 40 leading business professors below 40 to follow by “Poets and Quants”, and his talk on the use of neuroscience in business at DLD has been the most watched and discussed conversation on the topic. He spoke at PopTech multiple times, and was a speaker in the fellow program and PopTech’s road-trip series. He is excited to participate in PopTech for its 20th anniversary. Most importantly, he is right handed.
  • Speaker PopTech 2012
  • Faculty 2013 Social Innovation Fellows
  • Faculty 2013 Science Fellows
  • Speaker PopTech 2015
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Moran Cerf: from hacking into banks to hacking into brains

Moran Cerf: from hacking into banks to hacking into brains

 

Moran Cerf’s career as a neuroscientist began at a computer keyboard. Years ago he was hacker. That unusual career arc actually makes sense once you understand what makes Cerf (PopTech 2012) tick.

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New speakers added to PopTech Camden lineup!

New speakers added to PopTech Camden lineup!

PopTech is thrilled to announce a new round of speakers added to this year’s convening in Camden, Maine. New presenters include a civil rights leader and public health advocate, an epidemiologist who studies how traumatic events alter population health, and a former bank-thief-turned-neuroscientist who has shown how to project patients’ thoughts onto a screen in front of their eyes by implanting electrodes deep inside their brains.Read more »