Weird Intelligence – A talk about Kyle's recent studies and artwork at the intersection of machine intelligence and human intelligence. This includes humans outsourcing social interaction to machines, crowds acting like algorithms to tell stories together, robots with human thoughts and feelings, and, most recently, exploration of computational systems that seem to "understand" everything from linguistic analogies to writing style, or even the basic elements of visual aesthetics. An introduction to the state of the art along with some ideas and questions about where we might head next.
Data Cuisine – How would a fish soup taste whose recipe is based on local fishing data? What are the best spices to use in a lasagna, if it were to represent Helsinki’s population mix? What is the taste of unemployment? Data Cuisine explores food as a medium for data expression. In each new Data Cuisine workshop, Susanne Jaschko and Moritz Stefaner go to a city, team up with a local chef and local data experts, and, together with a diverse group of participants, invent novel dishes to represent locally relevant data in a meaningful, intriguing way. Moritz Stefaner reports on the experiences from this participatory workshop series, the creative potential of non-standard information representations, and the joy of creating small, and slow, but sensually rich, data experiences.
More Unanswered Questions – In 1973 Leonard Bernstein gave a series of lectures at Harvard University titled The Unanswered Question. In these talks, Bernstein talks about the relationship between music and language, with musical examples. In this eyeo talk, R. Luke DuBois talks about the relationship between music, sonification, algorithms, systems, and data, inspired by Bernstein's lectures.
Tech-Driven Activism – How can code-based practices contribute to effective activism? How can activist approaches allow us to examine and interrogate systems of technology? In this panel, a diverse group of artists and activists discussed how they are approaching these questions through their work and research. Moderated by Jer Thorp.
VR/Experience – How do you tell a story differently with VR than other technologies. What unique opportunities does it offer? What constraints exist? This panel considers VR beyond gaming and talks about applications and experiences we might see in the future.
Panelists include Milica Zec and Winslow Porter– creators of the Giant (screening at eyeo), James George (CLOUDS) and Alexander Porter– co-creators of DepthKit, a suite of tools that allows anyone to capture, edit, and publish volumetric experiences. Moderated by Kamal Sinclair, Director of the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Labs Program.