KEYNOTE | Are machines empathetic? Gaze, surveillance and bias in computation
The rapid spread of new technologies raises questions and concerns with power structures and how these systems are designed and programmed.
Can computation be critical or will various forms of bias always be found embedded in computational systems? Could surveillances act as a form of resistance? Could materials be imbued with artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision in order to address critical issues such as emotion?
In this performance keynote, Behnaz Fahari, architect and creative technologist, addresses the possibility of an empathetic relationship between human beings and their environment in order to augment human intelligence and sensory experience. By demonstrating a series of interdisciplinary projects, Behnaz confronts provocative research questions through design and critical making, fueled by the latest advances in the world of neuroscience, cognitive philosophy, computational design, artificial intelligence and feminism. From wearables to architecture, these projects demonstrate an application of techniques, such as EEG brain imaging, facial and gaze tracking as well as novel actuator systems, such as smart materials and pneumatics systems.
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Tuesday, August 22, 2023
2:00 pm_3:15 pm Montréal time