What Are The Chances? – This talk investigates the relationships between chaos and chance, cause and effect. It is built from volcanoes, ashes, wind, love, and new life. Along the way Patricio talks about The Book of Shaders, mapping at Mapzen, and other recent collaborations and works in progress.
A Post Data Experience – Information becomes knowledge through experience - a direct sensory perception of the tangible world around us. By translating data into physical forms, a direct sensory experience can become the means by which information is communicated. Starting with data as a conceptual basis, Andrien Segal's work incorporates scientific research, digital technology, material culture, and somatic experience into a practice that aims to manifest information in the realm of the physical.
Things I Think Are Awesome – Lynn Cherny lives at and loves the intersection of machine learning, story generation, and data visualization. If her personal projects don't make her smile, she feels like she's failed. Tour through clever work that inspires her from art, AI, poetry, and sometimes even real life. She also shows some of her own digital toys that live between text and visual, inspired by other works that made her laugh.
The More I Make, The More I Wonder Why – As much as making is a means of producing goods and sharing ideas, it's also a way for Hannah Perner-Wilson to think things through. For the past 10 years She's been developing, documenting and sharing electronic textile techniques. This process has not only lead to the realization of interactive and wearable projects but also to the uncovering of her underlying motivations. In this talk she traces these motivations through her work. They include: The Least Likely Scenario, Liberating Circuits, Making as a means of exploring, How To Get What You Want, Traces with Origin and A Kit-of-No-Parts.
The Dance is Not The Dancers –
A group of individual experts can collectively make dumb decisions. A community of tolerant folks can still have institutional discrimination. A whole society of normal, decent people can perpetrate mass atrocities.
Often times, it seems the noble intentions of individuals, lead to the opposite, collectively. In this talk, Nicky Case shows how simulations can help us understand complex social systems, why things go wrong despite everyone's best intentions – and just maybe, how we can go beyond just understanding the world's systems, to changing them.