EVENT OVERVIEW

LISTENING MACHINES is a special one-day summit in New York City on June 11-12, 2015 to address the new era of consumer listening devices. Echo, Siri, Cortana, Samsung TV, Nest, and Hello Barbie are all part of an emerging ecology of products that record audio and conversations from phones, wearables, and in-home agents. With these technologies come new affordances, challenges and anxieties. This summit brings together leading technologists, designers, academics and policy makers for an open conversation to frame the role of these technologies in everyday life from a social perspective. 

SESSION DETAILS

We will have three main sessions that will each explore questions of design, technology, policy and academic research. There will also be an opening and a closing keynote conversation. 

Safe Words and Censorship

Safe Words and Censorship

How do we relate to the listening devices in our homes and in our pockets? What's the role of public secrets and safe words to create moments of privacy? How does living with a listening agent change how we talk and, and how we connect, find information, and reflect our lives? This session will look at the ways in which we might live with these systems, considering multi-user environments, the challenges of accidental eavesdropping, and how listening data might be used. 

SpeakersKelly Goto, Parker Higgins, Jonathan Sterne, Alexis Lloyd

Post-Screen Personas

Post-Screen Personas

This session considers how listening machines use personality to interact with us. How do embodiment decisions impact users' sense of trust, familiarity and intimacy? How does a female or male persona change the way we relate to it? How do AI writers craft these identities, and what do they take into account? Do we speak to these agents as personal assistants, friends, or slaves? How does voice versus typing change the way we perceive these technologies?

SpeakersBlade Kotelly, Judith Donath, Hector Ouilhet, Deb Chachra

Memory Holes and Security Blankets

Memory Holes and Security Blankets

Listening devices can know the patterns of our lives better than we do. This can make us feel comforted and watched over, through memory enhancement and enabling users to offload monitoring tasks and responses. It can also raise serious legal and policy issues. What happens to the listening data if it is subpoenaed in court? What if it is onsold to other companies or exposed in a data breach? This session considers the intimacy of listening data and the wide range of social implications. 

SpeakersRyan Calo, Tim Hwang, Commissioner Julie Brill, Trevor Timm   

EVENT SCHEDULE

EVENT SCHEDULE

June 11, 2015

  • 6:00-8:00 Cocktail Reception and lightning talks (to be announced)

June 12, 2015