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November 2018

Transparency Series Seminar: Voice Interfaces with Joseph Price of Washington Post and Tommy O’Keefe, Vincent Farquharson & Nara Kasbergen of NPR

November 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Voice assistants are changing the way people search for and consume content. By one estimate, half of the adults in the US make use of voice interfaces — for now, mostly on their smartphones. But with the steady improvement of voice recognition, smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo, Google Home, Apple’s HomePod constitute new platforms for accessing information. How will journalism fare in this new ecosystem? Obviously, a direct reading of news stories written for the print or the web will…

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Transparency Series Workshop: Voice Interfaces with Washington Post & NPR

November 17 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Authoring experiences for a voice assistant or smart speaker is a combination of several distinct skillsets. Some conversational interfaces are driven by keywords, depending on users stating specific terms, while others involve artificial intelligence to create more natural conversations around content. The content itself is a product of both editorial work as well as programming effort to implement the conversation in code. In this workshop, students will prototype a journalistic application for a smart speaker. We will focus on Amazon’s…

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Media Innovation Seminar: Innovations in Computational Photography with Josh Haner

November 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PST
Brown Institute at Stanford, 355 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
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Josh Haner is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and Senior Editor for Photo Technology at The New York Times. In this talk Josh will discuss the latest innovations in computational photography, including the use of drones.

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December 2018

Transparency Series Seminar: Reporting on Devices with Surya Mattu

December 3 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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More than ever, objects in our homes and on our person are connected, sharing data about our lived experience with companies and with the public. How do we measure what our devices collect about us, and more importantly, what they share? Join us for a conversation with Surya Mattu, an artist, engineer and journalist who will share with us a variety of stories that investigate connected devices. Mattu is currently an investigative reporter at The Markup, an R&D Journalism Resident…

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Media Innovation Seminar: Rethinking Audio with Matt Stuart and Micah Collins

December 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PST
Brown Institute at Stanford, 355 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
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Matt Stuart is Head of Google Home Product Planning and launch for the Google Home product group (Google Home,Home Mini, and Home Max, as well as Chromecast and Google Wifi). Micah Collins is Director of Product Management at Google, overseeing software and hardware teams including Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, Chromecast Ultra, Google Home, GoogleHome Mini, Google Home Max. The two will discuss latest developments in audio devices: software, hardware, interfaces and implications for the news.

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Knowing Together – Exhibition

December 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Offit Gallery | Teachers College, 525 West 120th Street Russell Hall 3th floor
New York City, NY 10027 United States

Knowing Together is a project exploring the dimensions of intimacy through 3D scanning. The exhibition was born out of a workshop and commissioned by the 2018 Myers Fund at EdLab Teachers College in collaboration with the Brown Institute' Creative Technologist Rosalie Yu. The exhibition opens December 6, 2018 and will be on display for six weeks. Details about the workshop that helped inspire and produce this exhibition below. The project will begin with a workshop where the artist and a group of strangers learn photogrammetry,…

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Making Art in the Age of Algorithms

December 7 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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The Arts & Algorithms reading group, with support from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, the Center for Science and Society, and the Data, Media and Society Center, invites you to Making Art in the Age of Algorithms on December 7, 2018. Schedule of Events 1-2pm: Keynote by Nick Monfort 2-3:30pm: Lightning talks by Columbia grad students 3:30pm-4pm: Wrap up and reflections 4pm-5pm: Catered reception Nick Montfort will deliver the keynote address at 1pm. Nick is a Professor of Digital…

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Transparency Series Workshop: Reporting on Devices with Consumer Reports

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Most consumer advocacy is based on a definition of consumer rights anchored on two things: value and safety. While these issues are perennial concerns for consumers, they don’t capture the larger threats posed by the 21st C marketplace: reductions in individual agency and control. Amazon, Google, Facebook, and the other corporate powers offer products that don’t pose traditional ‘safety’ threats. In this workshop we start with the hypothesis that the consumer movement has mostly ‘solved for the 20th C.’ Products…

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