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Frankenstein AI - storytelling with emotional data
PRESENTATION ON EMOTIONAL DATA The evening will start with a special presentation by Sarah Henry (data designer) on emotional data and its role within experience design. Sarah helped to design the data aspects of Frankenstein AI and has been a frequent collaborator at Columbia DSL. She's worked with Code for America, BrightHive, and the Santa Monica Public Library. She's presented at Personal Democracy Forum, Bloomberg's Data for Good Exchange, and Interaction16, where she presented on how to build better products with emotional data. FOLLOWED BY A SPECIAL PROTOTYPING SESSION Then join us as we continue to experiment with mixing storytelling, food, conversation and AI. The evening will build upon a series of tests that were conducted throughout the month of September. Together we'll be prototyping an immersive dinner party. At the dinner, guests engage with a Frankenstein AI through voice and text. Over the course of the evening, the AI attempts to surface fears and hopes from the guests. The harvested data ("body parts") is feed into the AI so that the machine can craft a series of ghost stories in real-time in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The evening presents a unique opportunity to create a monster made by many! Frankenstein AI is the latest prototype from the Columbia University School of the Arts' Digital Storytelling Lab. Released under a creative commons license the multi-year design research initiative is open to collaborators from around the world. Over the next few months, we'll be holding open design/prototyping sessions throughout the city leading up to a global immersive dinner party challenge later this fall that will tie into 400+ events around the world. *Please note that for this meetup when we say "food" we're talking about designing menus - we won't be serving food. Please eat before you come. FREE BONUS OPPORTUNITY - LIMITED SPACE Story I/O returns Saturday, September 22nd for a day of prototyping, Speculative Fiction, Frankenstein and AI. Read more here - Why a ghost story? "The circumstances that gave birth to Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein (1818) read like something from a Gothic story in themselves. Mary’s unconventional life up to the summer of 1816 (when she was still only 18), along with the company in which she found herself in June of that year — and even the unusual weather conditions at the time — all contributed to the book’s genesis. The vital spark that gave the novel life however was Lord Byron’s suggestion one evening at the Villa Diodati..."  —  Read more here ( About the project Marking the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s seminal work, Frankenstein AI: a monster made by many ( reimagines the Frankenstein narrative, recasting Shelley’s creature as a naive, emotionally aware, and highly intelligent “life form” — an artificial intelligence. A multi-year research project, Frankenstein AI challenges commonly dystopian narratives around artificial intelligence, and seeks to provoke and broaden conversation around the trajectory of this rapidly emerging technology. Beginning with the Sundance Film Festival this past January and over the course of next two years, we’ll invite the public into our process as collaborators through an evolving series of activations and experiences both online and off, that will traverse immersive theatre, browser-based interactions, community design, and other performative and experiential media.

Film Society at Lincoln Center - Elinor Bunin Film Center auditorium

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    The Columbia University School of the Arts' Digital Storytelling Lab ( holds monthly meetups for those interested in how to harness story, play, design and technology for social innovation. Meetups mix ignite style talks, with rapid prototyping and social mixers. We're looking for thinkers & doers - Wanted storytellers, game designers, makers, hackers, educators, activists and anyone who is interested in learning, doing and sharing. We're part of an initiative at Columbia University that is focused on story-driven innovation. We hold events and labs around the world and are always up for an interesting collaboration.

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