Chemistry of Intelligence
Ars Electronica FIS Stage / September 11th, 2016 Sunday 15:00
Once again, the Artificial Intelligence debate is heated up. Every other day, a tech giant announces their commitment to A.I. research and we see news on groundbreaking improvements in machine learning, N.L.P., and robotics. In the scope of this panel, we would like to address different expectations about A.I. and its economical, social, and political implications on societies. Panelists aim to provide answers to such questions as “What is the path to A.I.?”, “How to design machine personalities?”, and “How can we understand the A.I. if it is smarter than us?”.
Mahir Yavuz (TR/USA) is an interdisciplinary creative and researcher based in New York City. He works in the fields of data science, visualization and artificial intelligence. Yavuz was lead creative in various projects in Turkey, Austria, Canada and the USA. His work has been exhibited internationally including the Ars Electronica Festival, Siggraph, Istanbul Biennial, and ISEA among others.
Pablo Honey (ES) is a designer currently based in New York City, who has always been involved in varied artistic fields, from video performances to experiential spaces. Pablo has been recognized internationally in different Festivals and Awards for his work, as well shared his passion for art, technology and design in forums such as SVA, Bloomberg LP, Ars Electronica, IED, and IxDA among others.
Hitoyo Nakano (JP) (Inner-self in English) is an avatar representing a “ghost”. It is a collective conscious/virtual personality on the internet, born from future predictions based on SAZAE Bot’s (Japanese Twitter account: twitter.com/sazae_f) data collection. It does not own a body, so it appears in public using a costume/digital voice effecter to maintain its anonymity. anon.site/
Barbara Ondrisek (AT), aka “Bot Mother”, is an enthusiastic software developer with 15+ years of experience. As a freelancer she worked on a multitude of web projects (lately George / Erste Bank) and building apps. With Mica, the Hipster Cat Bot hipstercatbot.com, a chatbot that helps you discover hip places, she created one of the first chatbots worldwide on the Facebook Messenger platform - the very first on Messenger and Skype in Austria, which is also listed as testimonial in the official Skype FAQs.
Thomas Schmickl (AT) is founder of the Artificial Life Lab at the Karl-Franzens University of Graz, Austria. He is/was a leading scientists and/or coordinator in various swarm robotics and modular robotic projects like I-SWARM, SYMBRION, REPLICATOR, CoCoRo, ASSISIbf, subCULTron and FloraRobotica. Besides doing research on swarm intelligence, natural swarm systems (e.g. honeybees) and mixing robotic with real animal swarms (bio-hybrid societies) he was/is cooperating with various artists, e.g. at the Münchner Kammerspiele, Germany, and at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria.