Singapore | PHD will premiere its documentary style film, MERGE | The closing gap between technology and us, at the inaugural Mumbrella360 Asia conference on November 8 in Singapore. The screening will be accompanied by a panel discussion involving the media network and world-renowned inventors and thought-leaders on the future of technology from the APAC region.

The panel includes Joey Bian, head of ad tech at JD.com; Chelsea Chen, co-founder of Emotech and Olly the Robot; Kevin Wong, founder of ORII Ring – the world’s first voice assistant ring; and Balazs Molnar, founder and CEO of Aliz Technologies – a start-up that builds AI personal assistants. Chris Stephenson, PHD’s Head of Strategy for Asia Pacific, will be introducing the documentary at the conference and moderating the panel.

Through a series of filmed interviews, MERGE | The closing gap between technology and us, explores a future in which humanity and technology become inextricably linked, as well as the implications this will have on the practice of marketing. Those featured include inventor, author and futurist, Ray Kurzweil; Facebook’s Vice President of Global Marketing Solutions, Carolyn Everson; MIT’s neuroscience researcher, Adam Horowitz; founder of The Lab of Misfits – the world’s first neuro-design studio, Beau Lotto; and Chelsea Chen, who is on the panel as well as in the film.

The documentary continues the conversation started by the global media network in its latest thought-leadership publication, which was launched at this year’s Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity with a keynote by Ray Kurzweil. The film explores the rise of near-human-level cognitive computing transcending devices, leaving audiences asking: what makes us human when tech becomes all-encompassing?

Speaking ahead of the premiere, Stephenson commented: “As the next three decades will be the most technologically disruptive era in human history, we will soon find ourselves to be as dependent on connectivity and technology as we are on oxygen. When this occurs, machines will be even more embedded into our lives. And as they continue learning from us, they will eventually become even more intelligent than us.”