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Join strategic designer Jerrold McGrath in an exploration of what it means to live in a world of machine learning and artificial intelligence. As we turn over our information to apps, software and machines that increasingly make decisions for us, we are challenged to understand the world differently and solve problems facing us in new ways. Already, software like Alexa and Siri help us in our homes to turn on lights, access the weather and news reports, and browse restaurants near you. Jerry will explore two worlds with us: the world at large, which he calls “anywhere”, and the specific communities we live in, like Twilllingate, which he calls “somewhere”.
In a three-hour workshop we’ll explore how those of us existing “somewhere” can more clearly observe what is around us, and share it with those who exist “anywhere”. There will be fun activities to explore digital artistic activism; ways of observing and ways of sharing our reality using everyday tools such as collage work, and also technology such as Twitter bots, chatbots, online troll hunting, crowd sourced data sets (just think of icebergfinder.com) and culture jamming.
How do we add to, and steer, the conversation that is created by artificial intelligence to tell our story? How do we hack the message and how do we create joy and playfulness amidst the toxicity that exists on many digital platforms? This workshop is for anyone with a curious mind, and an awareness that artificial intelligence is changing our world. It’s also for you if you love playful interactivity, and use art in ways to talk about your own “somewhere”.