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Interview: Adam Greenfield

The following “interview” with me appears in the July/August 2009 issue of Interactions magazine, the ACM’s journal on interaction design. I say “interview” because it’s basically an edit on the sprawling chat Tish Shute had with me for her site, back in February of this year; as we know, even minor editorial alterations can produce disproportionate shifts in tone and emphasis, and that’s certainly the case here.

I should say from the outset that I don’t have much use for the ACM, and in particular greatly dislike their stance on access to publications, which flies in the face of my own conviction that the point (and power) of knowledge is to share it. Accordingly, I’m republishing the piece in its entirety here. For the sake of accuracy, I’ve left the editorial characterization of me and my work intact, but you should never, ever construe this as an endorsement of same. As ever, I hope you enjoy it. Continue reading


Jul 10, 17:00
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Wolfram|Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine

Live Stage: Jessica Field [ca Montreal]

Field Studies, Jessica Field :: May 16 – June 13, 2009 :: Opening and Talk: May 16, 2009; 4:00 – 7:00 pm :: OBORO, 4001 Berri, Montreal, QC.

This project addresses social issues concerning the commercial creation of artificial intelligence robots that appeal to human expectations and desires. Humans are creating what they want robots to become and what they think artificial intelligence should be rather than looking at how the robot actually works to understand the potential of what artificial intelligence could be. Field Studies uses video works to reveal this façade of expectation. Continue reading


May 8, 11:58
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The Allure of Machinic Life: Book and Review

The Allure of Machinic Life: Cybernetics, Artificial Life, and the New AI by John Johnston, The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2008 — In The Allure of Machinic Life, John Johnston examines new forms of nascent life that emerge through technical interactions within human-constructed environments — “machinic life” — in the sciences of cybernetics, artificial life, and artificial intelligence. With the development of such research initiatives as the evolution of digital organisms, computer immune systems, artificial protocells, evolutionary robotics, and swarm systems, Johnston argues, machinic life has achieved a complexity and autonomy worthy of study in its own right. Drawing on the publications of scientists as well as a range of work in contemporary philosophy and cultural theory, but always with the primary focus on the “objects at hand” — the machines, programs, and processes that constitute machinic life — Johnston shows how they come about, how they operate, and how they are already changing. Continue reading


Apr 4, 11:20
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Joseph Nechvatal Interview


Joseph Nechvatal Interview from Anthony-Masterson on Vimeo.

Interview with Joseph Nechvatal, post-conceptual digital artist, composer and art theoretician who creates computer-assisted paintings and computer animations, often using custom-created computer viruses at Wm Turner Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, March 26, 2009.


Mar 30, 15:15
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Carnivorous Domestic Entertainment Robots

“Over the coming years, Robots are destined to play a significant part in our daily existence. The idea of sharing our lives with these artificial entities in their various guises has captured the public imagination for decades.

Robots have represented both our hopes and fears for what the technological future may hold, yet at this time they remain very much an enigma. There is a huge disparity between the profound potential robots exhibit in the realms of science fiction and our imagination; the banal reality of vacuum cleaners, lawnmowers and robotic pet dogs; and the vision of robots as seen through the eyes of computer scientists and engineers. Continue reading


Feb 2, 17:21
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Live Stage: The Colloquy of Things [us NYC]

The Colloquy of Things — Philip Beesley, Marc Bohlen, Natalie Jeremijenko (Moderated by Omar Khan) :: December 11, 2008; 7:00 pm :: The Urban Center, 457 Madison Avenue, New York City.

This panel discussion will explore the growing agency of natural and artificial “things”, a theme being developed by the Situated Technologies Pamphlet Series. What are the social and technological challenges when “things” begin to be the producers and consumers of information? What are the opportunities and consequences of delegating greater responsibility and autonomy to technologies or natural ecologies? Continue reading


Dec 2, 18:36
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Center for Future Storytelling

Storytelling is fundamental to being human: itʼs how we share our experiences, learn from our past, and imagine our future.

With the establishment of the Media Labʼs Center for Future Storytelling, the Media Lab, together with Plymouth Rock Studios, is rethinking what “storytelling” will be in the 21st century. The Center will take a dynamic new approach to storytelling, developing new creative methods, technologies, and learning programs that recognize and respond to the changing communications landscape.

The Center builds on the Media Labʼs more than 20 years of experience in developing society-changing technologies for human expression and interactivity, and will now take this to the next level. Continue reading


Nov 25, 12:17
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“Double-Taker (Snout)” by Golan Levin

Double-Taker (Snout) — by Golan Levin, with Lawrence Hayhurst, Steven Benders and Fannie White — deals in a whimsical manner with the themes of trans-species eye contact, gestural choreography, subjecthood, and autonomous surveillance. The project consists of an eight-foot (2.5m) long industrial robot arm, costumed to resemble an enormous inchworm or elephant’s trunk, which responds in unexpected ways to the presence and movements of people in its vicinity.

Sited on a low roof above a museum entrance, and governed by a real-time machine vision algorithm, Double-Taker (Snout) orients a supersized googly-eye towards passers-by, tracking their bodies and suggesting an intelligent awareness of their activities. Continue reading


Oct 31, 14:29
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Live Stage: Rachel Zuanon [br São Paulo]

Upgrade! São Paulo: Digital Affections: Communicational Processes Between Biological and Technological Systems Rachel Zuanon :: September 20, 2008, 7:30 pm @ i-People: Av Vergueiro 727, next to the Vergueiro Subway Station.

This meeting has as goal to provide the reflection about the communicational systems between biological and technological systems, based on the affective computing concepts. In this sense, it requires an investigative look at the developments in robotics, wearable computing, co-evolving wearable computing and interactive digital systems related to digital affection exchanges between man-man and man-machine. Continue reading


Sep 3, 11:18
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