Digital Futures MA candidate Katie Micak interviewed on TVO' TheAgenda w/Steve Paikin

 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 3:30pm

Watch Video Here:

https://tvo.org/video/programs/the-agenda-with-steve-paikin/the-bots-and-our-feelings

The Agenda with Steve Paikin

The Bots and Our Feelings

In a culture dominated by technology, it's becoming the norm to talk to smartphones and computers as though they are people. Siri, Alexa, and other chatbots are programmed to interact with people, almost as though they are friends. The Agenda considers the time is near when people will become emotionally dependent on these technologies to share their joy and grief.

More about Katie Micak

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Katie Micak is an artist and research looking at the impact of emerging technologies. She is also one of the curators for Toronto’s digital art festival, Vector, is an educator of video art and its history, and is interested in the future trajectory of domestic robotics.

The Alexa Experiment

“The Alexa Experiment” explores what it’s like to live with the artificially intelligent, personal home assistant, the Amazon Alexa. Over a six-month study period, Katie created mini-documentaries and a companion-writing piece evaluating the device’s function and design against its possible nefarious or spectacular uses. Considering that Alexa is as an object hyperlinked to wider legal, political, or social systems, Katie wanted to understand its impact outside of intended consumer uses. Katie’s documentaries highlight specific topics; initial impressions of the device, her thoughts regarding it as a surveillance device, what it’s like to ‘talk’ to Alexa, the evolution of our relationship, and finally, Katie’s central finding that the Alexa holds the potential to deliver a form a talk therapy that could benefit the user. “The Alexa Experiment” asks what we can learn about ourselves through speaking to the Alexa.

March 26, 2018 – The Digital Futures (DF) program at OCAD University invites you to DIVERGE, our annual graduate exhibition, hosted by Graduate Studies at OCADU and our partners at the CFC Media Lab.

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Check out Katie's project and 17 other Digital Futures Graduate Student thesis projects at DIVERGE:

OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, April 12

6-10 PM

EXHIBITION CONTINUES
Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15

12-6 PM

OPEN SPACE GALLERY
49 McCaul St. Toronto,

ON M5T 1V7

 

DIVERGE:

  1. To develop in a different direction.
  2. The evolution of different forms or structures in related species as they adapt to different environments.
  3. In a series, increasing indefinitely as more of its terms are added.

The show features Master of Design, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Arts thesis projects that explore a wide range of topics, including: artificial intelligence, chatbots, civic media, e-waste, educational video games, Fake News, gesture technologies, mobile surveillance, performance, and more!

As OCAD U celebrates its newest graduates at today’s convocation ceremonies, the university is proud to announce new supports for graduates' career development.
The cover of the special "Entangled Gaze" edition of the ab-Original journal.
OCAD University is pleased to announce the new peer-reviewed journal ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations and First Peoples' Cultures is now available. This special issue entitled “The Entangled Gaze: Indigenous and European Views of Each Other”1 co-edited by Dr. McMaster and Dr. Julia Lum (University of Toronto), contains ten essays. The Entangled Gaze shares its title and theme with the 2017 conference that was co-hosted by OCAD University and the Art Gallery of Ontario. The conference convened an international group of scholars and museum professionals from the fields of art history, anthropology, cultural studies and curatorial practice to explore the topic of how Indigenous and European artists have represented each other in historical art and visual culture.
Raquel Da Silva Wall Work
A new living wall wallwork by DRPT student Raquel De Silva has been installed in OCAD University’s Rosalie Sharp Pavilion. This project was commissioned by the Faculty of Art and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD), and generously supported by Mercedes Benz Financial Services (MBFS) sponsorships.
Indu Antony
OCAD University’s Faculty of Art is pleased to welcome Bangalore-based artist Indu Antony as the inaugural artist-in-residence for its 2019 IArts Residency Program, taking place September 9 to October 19.
l-r: Jaime Rivera, Neil Botelho, Bo Louie, Nadia Abuseif and Silva Nercessian
OCAD University congratulates its graduate Strategic Foresight and Innovation students with winning five awards presented by The Association of Professional Futurists (APF) for their outstanding work! 
OCAD University will present honorary doctorate degrees to four prominent Canadians: artist, activist and educator, Jeannette Armstrong, PhD, famed cartoonist, illustrator and OCAD U alumnus  Barry Blitt, celebrated artist and graduate of OCAD U, Shelley Niro and accomplished Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema. 
Natalie King
Congratulations to Natalie King (DRPT 2018') who has joined Xpace Cultural Centre as the team's Programming Coordinator.
The results have been tabulated for the internal elections on the OCAD University’s Board of Governors that were held from May 29-31, 2019 for two-year terms starting July 1, 2019. OCAD University is pleased to announce the successful candidates for the following positions: Permanent Manager Andre De Freitas, Director, Financial Aid & Awards Permanent Staff Alvaro Araya, Senior Infrastructure Operations Analyst   OCAD University thanks all candidates who ran for these positions.
Alexa Expirement
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 3:30pm

Watch Video Here:

https://tvo.org/video/programs/the-agenda-with-steve-paikin/the-bots-and-our-feelings

The Agenda with Steve Paikin

The Bots and Our Feelings

In a culture dominated by technology, it's becoming the norm to talk to smartphones and computers as though they are people. Siri, Alexa, and other chatbots are programmed to interact with people, almost as though they are friends. The Agenda considers the time is near when people will become emotionally dependent on these technologies to share their joy and grief.

More about Katie Micak

k-micak

Katie Micak is an artist and research looking at the impact of emerging technologies. She is also one of the curators for Toronto’s digital art festival, Vector, is an educator of video art and its history, and is interested in the future trajectory of domestic robotics.

The Alexa Experiment

“The Alexa Experiment” explores what it’s like to live with the artificially intelligent, personal home assistant, the Amazon Alexa. Over a six-month study period, Katie created mini-documentaries and a companion-writing piece evaluating the device’s function and design against its possible nefarious or spectacular uses. Considering that Alexa is as an object hyperlinked to wider legal, political, or social systems, Katie wanted to understand its impact outside of intended consumer uses. Katie’s documentaries highlight specific topics; initial impressions of the device, her thoughts regarding it as a surveillance device, what it’s like to ‘talk’ to Alexa, the evolution of our relationship, and finally, Katie’s central finding that the Alexa holds the potential to deliver a form a talk therapy that could benefit the user. “The Alexa Experiment” asks what we can learn about ourselves through speaking to the Alexa.

March 26, 2018 – The Digital Futures (DF) program at OCAD University invites you to DIVERGE, our annual graduate exhibition, hosted by Graduate Studies at OCADU and our partners at the CFC Media Lab.

tvo2katie-tvo tvo3

Check out Katie's project and 17 other Digital Futures Graduate Student thesis projects at DIVERGE:

OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, April 12

6-10 PM

EXHIBITION CONTINUES
Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15

12-6 PM

OPEN SPACE GALLERY
49 McCaul St. Toronto,

ON M5T 1V7

 

DIVERGE:

  1. To develop in a different direction.
  2. The evolution of different forms or structures in related species as they adapt to different environments.
  3. In a series, increasing indefinitely as more of its terms are added.

The show features Master of Design, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Arts thesis projects that explore a wide range of topics, including: artificial intelligence, chatbots, civic media, e-waste, educational video games, Fake News, gesture technologies, mobile surveillance, performance, and more!

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