Alexander Singer
Film Director

Alex Singer is a film director based in Los Angeles. In an ongoing 39-year career he has directed over 280 television shows on film in all forms and five theatrical features. For the last five years the three varieties of Star Trek spawned by the original series have mostly filled his director dancecard.

Among Alex's honors are an Emmy and a Humanitas Award. He has lectured at eight universities and taught film production and directing at UCLA's extension school and the Director's Guild of America.

With the DGA he has worked over a decade in the evolution of Creative Rights during contract negotiations with studio chiefs. Presently, he is on the Committee for the Future of Directing, examining the impact of new technologies on the image-making arts. With the organization Global Business Network, a think tank that has refined the development of Scenario Planning, he has been a Network consultant for a group of the world's largest business clients.

During the present decade, Alex has twice been a member of National Academy of Sciences committees producing reports on the Convergence of Telecommunication, Computers and Entertainment and a study on the feasibility of the Entertainment Industry and the (Military) Modeling and Simulation group finding common ground for creative interaction.

Early in the decade Universal Studios had Alex under contract to head a team assigned to integrate established film technologies with computer-controlled, location-based entertainment at their Orlando, Florida theme park. He continued with Universal as principal consultant on advanced forms of Virtual Reality systems. Presently, he is under contract to USC's Integrated Media Systems Center as a Senior Research Scholar. At Paramount Digital Entertainment he initiated and is the Director on a long-term project developing electronic story-telling forms.

He is recently committed to a project with DARPA that is examining the prospects for designing a system that combines A.I. and emerging information processing arts and technologies to simulate alternative futures.

In lectures before technology and science bodies, Alex has explored novel ways of presenting his lifelong interest in the "two cultures" problem.

Alex's presentation is titled "The Chip and the Muse: At the Intersection of Science and the Humanities."

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