This debate is moderated by Daniel Birnbaum, 2018 Summit partner.

Tobias Rees
is a philosopher and Founder and CEO of, an organisation dedicated to bringing together philosophy, art and technology. Prior to founding, he was the William Dawson chair at McGill University, the Reid Hoffman professor of humanities at the New School/Parsons School of Design, and a Director at the LA based Berggruen Institute. Tobias is a fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and holds degrees in philosophy, anthropology and neurobiology. The focus of his work is on the philosophy, poetry, and politics of the contemporary. He also worked as an advisor for many North American and European Universities on how to re-invent the human sciences, and is the author of dozens of articles and three books: Designs for an Anthropology of the Contemporary (2008), Plastic Reason (2016), and most recently of After Ethnos (2018).