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Friday, February 8 • 12:05pm - 1:30pm
Luncheon Speaker- Listening Machines and the Future of Extended Intelligence

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The world is increasingly sensed and measured by networked systems, opening up incredible opportunities for expanding human knowledge. While sensory perception remains bounded to our immediate surroundings, AI systems take in vast quantities of data and provide insight on a global scale. Naturally then, we are spending more time consuming, sharing, and acting on high-level machine analyses. However, if we grow to rely exclusively on discrete knowledge distilled from data, we are in danger of dulling our own perceptual sensitivities. In this talk, I lay out a future in which the sensor networks that blanket our world become extensions of human perception, forming the basis for a restoration of sensitivity as well as a transformative augmentation of memory and cognition. To ground this vision, I introduce a wetland restoration project called the Tidmarsh Living Observatory, which has played host to a series of novel environmental monitoring systems, sensory wearables, and AI interfaces. Using my and others’ work as examples, I argue that non-visual perceptual modalities, and hearing specifically, will underpin an imminent revolution in human-computer interaction, and vastly enrich the positive transformative potential of AI. Our perceptual sensitivities provide us the means to acquire new knowledge. They guide our attention, spark curiosity and stir emotion, fostering the kind of intuitions, sensibilities, and care on which action for the future is predicated. What does climate change sound like?

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Gershon Dublon

Co-Founder, slow immediate LLC
Gershon Dublon is a creative researcher, electrical engineer, and co-founder (with artist Xin Liu) of slow immediate, an NYC-based creative engineering and technology production studio. His dissertation, Sensor(y) Landscapes, introduces devices and environments that make networks... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 12:05pm - 1:30pm
Longhorn Hall D

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