Pathfinding in the Next 20 Years


Sunday, August 18, 2:30–3:30pm Pacific Time

Engage in a discussion about the practice of pathfinding research and the ways it might evolve in the next 20 years. We’ll begin with a discussion of the practice itself and the various methods and disciplines it currently encompasses. We’ll then consider potential changes to pathfinding in the context of broader shifts on the horizon (the rise of AI, erosion of trust in institutions, new ways of thinking about embodiment, and attention to new modes of forecasting). Finally, we’ll conclude with discussion about topics and industries in which pathfinding has been underutilized, and where it has potential to grow.


Jay Hasbrouck
Jay Hasbrouck

Senior Staff Researcher | Google

Jay Hasbrouck is an anthropologist who drives product innovation and growth through insight into human behavior, culture, and universal needs. He’s held positions at Intel, IDEO, Meta, and Google, as well as founding his own consultancy, Filament, and co-founding Ethnoworks. He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology and an MA in Visual Anthropology, both from the University of Southern California, USA.

Laura C. Brown
Laura C. Brown

Senior Staff Researcher | Meta (Reality Labs)

Laura Brown uses a combination of ethnographic, semiotic, and linguistic research methods to define new ways in which people can interact and feel connected through technology. Her favorite research topics include defining interactions between VR and social media, understanding how households adopt smart devices, and tracking ways in which people predict power cuts. She started her career as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh and currently works in Meta Reality Labs.

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Salon size: Maximum 30 participants

Date: Sunday, August 18, 2:30–3:30pm Pacific Time

Location: In-person in Los Angeles

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