WORKSHOP#2: What Now? The World Post-Automation

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We're at it again! Speculative Futures and IBM Watson are conducting a series of workshops to imagine a future post-automation.

What will the world be like when automated services have penetrated all our lives?

From autonomous cars, robotic manufacturing, to artificially intelligent healthcare, the way we live and operate will be vastly different than the way we do things today. What tasks will become obsolete and what new tasks & behaviors will we have to create to cope with these new lifestyles? Will we become smarter or lazier?

Join us at IBM alongside some of their subject matter experts (SMEs) to guide us through the future of automation.

This will be a fast-paced workshop.
Participants will work closely with SMEs to imagine different perspectives of automated products/services/lifestyles in the not-to-distant future.
Bring a laptop (for research).
Other materials will be provided.

:::: IBM Subject Matter Experts ::::

**Chris Noessel and Dante Guintu will not be able to participate in tonight's event due to unexpected travel. Jim Spohrer, Dir of Cognitive Open Tech and another SME TBA will be participating in their place**

Raphael Arar

Raphael Arar is an award-winning artist, designer and technologist whose work seeks to trace the trajectories of interpersonal and intrapersonal interaction in light of progress. These works manifest themselves in a variety of forms encompassing a synthesis of nostalgia and novelty often informed by scientific systems and humanistic research. His artwork has been shown at museums, conferences, festivals and galleries internationally including the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), Gamble House Museum, Boston Cyberarts Gallery, and Athens Video Art Festival. Commercially, he has worked with clients including Apple, Google, The Smithsonian and Children’s Hospital. His design work has been awarded through MITX and The Webby Awards and has been featured in sources including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Communication Arts Magazine and Forbes. Arar holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a BA from Boston University. Arar is currently a Designer & Researcher at IBM Research and a recent Forbes 30 Under 30 awardee in Enterprise Technology. Previously he was the Lead UX Designer for the Apple + IBM Partnership, Lecturer at the University of Southern California’s Media Arts + Practice Division and an Art & Technology Fellow at CalArts.

Jim Spohrer

Dr. James (“Jim”) C. Spohrer is Director of Cognitive OpenTech, or open source artificial intelligence. Previously, he was Director of IBM Global University Programs and IBM’s Cognitive Systems Institute Group. Jim co-founded IBM’s first Service Research group, ISSIP Service Science community, and was founding CTO of IBM’s Venture Capital Relations Group in Silicon Valley. In the 1990’s, he was awarded Apple Computers’ Distinguished Engineer Scientist and Technology title for his work on next generation learning platforms. Early in his career, he was a senior scientist at Verbex, an Exxon company, working on speech recognition and machine learning. Jim has a Yale PhD in Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence and MIT BS in Physics. His current team and system building focus is T-shaped innovators working to rebuild rapidly from scratch digital cognitive systems for smarter/wiser service systems. With over ninety publications and nine patents, he is also a PICMET Fellow and a winner of the Evert Gummesson Service Research award as well as the S-D Logic award.

Susannah Shattuck

Susannah Shattuck loves technology, and she has spent her career connecting the dots between people and machines. Currently, Susannah works at IBM, where she is responsible for educating clients from every industry about Watson technology and helping them envision how artificial intelligence can transform their businesses. She is a Certified Watson Application Developer, and when she’s not working with clients, she loves playing around with Watson APIs to build her own cognitive apps. Prior to her role at IBM, Susannah worked at Prezi, a presentation software company, where she helped people reimagine visual communication. Susannah lives and works in San Francisco, and on weekends you’re most likely to find her climbing up Bernal Hill or enjoying a picnic in Dolores Park.


Thanks to our Friends at IBM for giving us this great space to meet and learn!

>>Please try to arrive early. You will need to be escorted up to the IBM floor. We would like to get started at 6:00 sharp<<


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