Mixed Reality artist & designer Asad J. Malik, known by his alias 1RIC, is of the view that the further development of virtual/augmented realities, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, gene editing and neuroscience will significantly alter the human condition in our lifetime. It’s our job to make sure that this radical technological change leads to radical socio-political change instead of maintaining the established order of societal affairs.
Asad was born a 5 minute drive away from the exact spot on which Osama bin Ladin was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan. He started working with technology as a teenager, designing projects that gave young people a political voice. His work was noticed in 2012 as he received a prestigious scholarship to complete high school at the United World College in the Netherlands.
In 2015 two FBI special agents visited Asad’s college in rural Vermont to interrogate him after he made an impulsive and risky trip to war ridden Libya. Although no charges were filed, the incident left him hyper aware of the complex identity he inhabits. Since then he’s adopted the 1RIC pseudonym and has been working with Mixed Reality as a medium of expression. He’s been behind various MR projects like the viral Harry Potter Hololens experience and more recently the Holograms from Syria project. 1RIC’s work has received international coverage and he’s on Pakistan’s 25 Under 25 list for tech and entrepreneurship. Currently he’s attending Bennington College for a personalized Mixed Reality curriculum.