Mr. Maxik is the one of the world’s foremost expert in Solid State Lighting. He is the founder and CTO of Lighting Science Group, N. America’s largest developer and manufacturer of LED bulbs and lighting systems. He has over 25 years of experience in innovating environmentally friendly technologies. He is the principle inventor of more than 140 patents in the US and worldwide and has published several papers on light and its interaction with biological systems. Current projects include off-grid lighting infrastructure and expanding sensing capabilities of lighting solutions. Mr. Maxik speaks regularly on the future of light and sustainability at national and international strategy and technology conferences, universities, and the UN. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Bard College and has been awarded the Champion for Change (White House, U.S.), Congressional Medal of Merit (Congress, U.S.), NASA Group Achievement Award, Friends of the Phelophepa Award, given by Desmond Tutu and the John and Samuel Bard Award in Science and Medicine. His extensive knowledge on the biological effects of light earned a research grant through the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Program for Alertness, Safety and Productivity. His first book, The Meaning of Light, was published in 2011. Associations: IESNA, MRS, ASP.
Transition of Illumination – Light Centric Humans
We thought we had conquered light. We reveled in illumination without limits, rebelling against natural shadows in our spaces and expelling darkness from our nights. However, this arrogance attached to our ability to control ambient lighting has prevented a transition towards improved lighting and life. Our vanity has held us back from evolving towards lighting that works with our natural rhythms and environment. Instead we continue to overindulge in artificial solutions that can be detrimental to our wellbeing.
This way of thinking is impacting the very language of lighting; we talk about human centric lighting, but I would argue that we should speak of light-centric humans. We have only begun to scratch the surface of how light impacts us and our shared environment. As we enhance our understanding and capture the science of light, we should advance our language, metrics and intentions in regards to lighting, moving beyond the superficial dark/light illumination relationship into a deeper relationship with light that considers and fosters its unseen powers on all that is living. What are the possibilities that lie just beyond illumination?
In this scientific, philosophical and intriguing session, we will take a look at the downfalls inherent in our ability to illuminate and the possibilities that appear when we recognize them.