Upcoming OPEN Lectures



Simone Rebaudengo

Tuesday, 27th Jun 2017

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~6 hours in the future

There is a lot of talk recently about WeChat and its infinitely nested services, the crazy e-commerce products and platforms, the digital treasures of the markets of Shenzhen and the fast pace of evolution of infrastructures and businesses happening in the the megacities in China. Even fiction writers are asking for the need of a new literally genre, the “ultra-unreal”, to describe how Modern China surpassed every fictional scenario. In this talk Simone Rebaudengo will share a little piece of this ‘future’ or ‘parallel present’, stories and projects from his experience as design consultant and as part of automato.farm. working and designing ~6 hours in the future.

When: Tue, June 27th 2017, 5 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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Past OPEN Lectures



Gene Kogan

Tuesday, 13th Jun 2017

Gene Kogan

Learning interaction

This lecture reviews the intersection of machine learning and interaction design. It will focus on applications of neural networks which infer, describe, and map high-dimensional data fast enough for a human being to respond to it. As machine learning becomes more adept at information processing, the scope of interaction design will gradually widen to include scenarios previously unfit for automation, challenging designers to consider how to integrate these new capacities into their workflows in the most beneficial ways. The lecture will include a demonstration of ml4a, a collection of practical resources to help artists, designers, and activists acquaint themselves to AI.

When: Tue, June 13th 2017, 5 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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Yasaman Sheri

Tuesday, 6th Jun 2017

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In Dialogue with the Sciences

The 21st century has blossomed to grant us with technological advancements in computer vision, augmentation, synthetic biology and artificial intelligence. Naturally, we are inclined to ask questions around ownership, control, and the limits of machine, nature and human alteration. As we expand tracking, build autonomous machines, push intelligence and redefine our living materials, we challenge the boundary of what is human, machine or nature and venture in to a new world of moral landscape. What new forms will we give to represent the world when we augment our perceptual apparatus? When we alter our senses, perception, ecology and urban landscape, what kinds of systems will be inclined to create and what ethical implications might we stumble upon? The new era of design requires us to cultivate a curious and critical mind to help facilitate important conversations among other disciplines and begin bridging gaps with not only computer science but also social and life sciences.

Yasaman Sheri is a Designer and Researcher who works with new technologies to explore possible and becoming futures. Her research focuses on Life Sciences, Synthetic Sensing and Augmentation.

When: Tue, June 6th 2017, 5 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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Rebecca Fiebrink

Thursday, 1st Jun 2017

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Machine Learning as Creative Interaction Design Tool

In this talk, I will discuss my research on better enabling musicians, artists, interaction designers, and students to employ supervised learning in the design of new real-time systems. I will show a live demo of tools that I have created for this purpose, centering around the Wekinator software toolkit for interactive, realtime machine learning. I’ll discuss some of the outcomes from 7 years of creating machine learning-based tools and observing people using these tools in creative contexts. These outcomes include a better understanding of how machine learning can be used as a tool for creators of new interactive systems, where it can support crucial design activities such as rapid prototyping, iterative refinement, and embodied engagement, as well as a deeper appreciation for how using machine learning for design differs from more conventional application contexts.

When: Thu, June 1st 2017, 5 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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Britt Wray

Tuesday, 30th May 2017

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Future Betting with Gene Editing

Designer babies. Woolly mammoths. Cures for genetic diseases. The “new eugenics”. If you follow the news about emerging biotech, it seems as though we’re going to have all of those things on Earth fairly soon. But without giving into hyperbole or science fiction, what is the real state of the science and technology today? What directions is it leading us in? What new ethical issues does it create? And how is it going to change the world? In this CIID Open Lecture, Britt Wray – documentarist, author of Rise of the Necrofauna and PhD Candidate in Science Communication at the University of Copenhagen – will give an intrepid tour through the field of gene editing and discuss how it applies to humans, non-humans, extinct creatures and endangered species.

When: Tue, May30th 2017, 5 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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