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
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.
Speakers: Kelly Goto, Parker Higgins, Jonathan
Sterne, Alexis Lloyd
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?
Speakers: Blade Kotelly, Judith Donath, Hector
Ouilhet, Deb Chachra
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
Speakers: Ryan Calo, Tim Hwang, Commissioner Julie Brill, Trevor Timm