AI artist | writer | producer | story architect
Taryn Southern is a digital anthropologist, storyteller, and AI artist whose work explores the intersection of emerging technology and human potential.
A cultural anthropology/journalism major with an emphasis on “mind science,” the scope of Taryn’s fieldwork includes eco-tourism on Belizean fisherman, archaeological preservation techniques in Key West, and the degradation of native ayahuasca healers from “psycho-tourism” in Peru.
Taryn's first breakout media endeavor was Project MyWorld, a 2007 television series on DirecTV where she traveled the globe to meet her 50,000+ MySpace friends. Soon after, she established herself as an early content creator YouTube, accumulating more than 750 million views across her online content and 500,000 subscribers. Since that time, Taryn has been a host/correspondent for numerous networks including Discovery Channel, NBC, MTV, G4, Vh1, Conde Naste and The Today Show to educate the public around new and emerging ideas.
Taryn’s directorial debut, I AM HUMAN, a sci-fi documentary following three humans with implantable brain interfaces, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2019. Taryn’s other creative work includes the world’s first solo music album composed with artificial intelligence I AM AI, (2018), an award-winning immersive VR series funded by one of twelve Google art grants (2017-2018), and the world’s first “song token” on the blockchain, enabling artists to share royalties with an infinite number of collaborators using Ethereum technology.
An advocate for women in science and tech, Taryn sits on the board of the National Academy of Medicine’s Longevity Challenge, advising companies around the world on how to leverage technology, data, and tenants of self-development to engage audiences with aspirational stories that enhance our personal and collective well-being. In addition, Taryn’s campaigns on personalized genomics, egg freezing, AI, sleep, stem cells, and bio-tracking have been featured in publications like Vanity Fair, Fast Company, Wired, TechCrunch, Business Insider, Forbes and more.
I AM HUMAN
Taryn's directorial debut, I AM HUMAN, a sci-fi documentary following three of the world's first "cyborgs," premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. Wide release coming soon.
EMERGING TECH + STORYTELLING