Artificial Intelligence is embedding itself in every industry across the globe. If the last ten years were about building AI to help automate analytical...

Human & Machine: The Next Great Creative Partnership


Level 6 Terrace Entrance
2000 NSW

Vivid Ideas Exchange, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia

Event Details

Artificial Intelligence is embedding itself in every industry across the globe. If the last ten years were about building AI to help automate analytical and process-driven tasks, the next ten will be about building AI to augment creative workers across all disciplines. The field of computational creativity, or creative AI, is growing at a rapid pace.

We are just at the beginning of understanding what amazing, unforeseen, positive impacts AI will have on the creative human condition. Led by a keynote from creative technologist Ross Goodwin (USA), co-creator of Sunspring, the world’s first film entirely written by an artificial intelligence bot using neural networks, we will explore the ways artificial intelligence will democratise, distribute and escalate the availability of creativity with a panel that includes key voices in technology, academia and creative industries. 

This event is presented by Move 37 as part of Vivid Ideas 2017.

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Ross Goodwin (New York, USA)

Ross Goodwin is an artist, creative technologist, hacker, gonzo data scientist, and former White House ghostwriter. He employs machine learning, natural language processing, and other computational tools to realize new forms and interfaces for written language.

His projects – from, a camera that expressively narrates photographs in real time using artificial neural networks, to Sunspring (with Oscar Sharp, starring Thomas Middleditch), the world's first film created from an AI-written screenplay – have earned international acclaim.

Goodwin's work has been discussed in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, NPR, CBS News, the Financial Times, the Irish Times, RTE Radio Ireland, ABC Radio Australia, Deutschlandradio, the Guardian, the Globe and Mail, Ars Technica, VICE Motherboard, Gizmoto, Engadget, TechCrunch, CNET, Forbes, Slate, FiveThirtyEight, Fast Company, the Huffington Post, Mashable, Fusion, Quartz, PetaPixel, and other publications.

Goodwin earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from MIT in 2009, and his graduate degree from NYU ITP in May 2016.

Joanna L. Batstone (Melbourne, Australia)

Joanna L. Batstone, Ph.D., is the Vice President and Lab Director, IBM Research - Australia and Chief Technology Officer, IBM Australia and New Zealand. Previously she was Vice President, Architecture & Technical Solution Design, IBM Global Technology Services, Ireland, and Director for Distributed Computing in IBM Research - Watson, with worldwide strategy responsibility for Distributed Computing. Her IBM career has included a variety of technical and business leadership roles across different IBM lines of business including healthcare and life sciences, sensors and actuators, physical sciences and application and integration middleware. Joanna joined IBM in the T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY.

Joanna has published over 80 papers and organised many industry conference symposia. She received a B.Sc., in Chemical Physics and a Ph.D., in Physics from The University of Bristol, UK, followed by postdoctoral work at AT&T Bell Laboratories, NJ, and a Lectureship in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Liverpool, UK, before joining IBM Research. She received the '95 Burton Medal from the Microscopy Society of America, the '91 Robert Lansing Hardy Gold Medal from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society and the '89 Cosslett Award from the Microbeam Analysis Society.

Jon McCormack (Melbourne, Australia)

Jon McCormack is an Australian-based artist and researcher in computing. He holds an Honours degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma of Art (Film and Television) from Swinburne University and a PhD in Computer Science from Monash University. He is currently full Professor of Computer Science and director of sensiLab at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His research interests include generative art, design and music, evolutionary systems, computer creativity, visualisation, virtual reality, interaction design, physical computing, machine learning, L-systems and developmental models.

Since the late 1980s McCormack has worked with computer code as a medium for creative expression. Inspired by the complexity and wonder of a diminishing natural world, his work is concerned with electronic “after natures” – alternate forms of artificial life that may one day replace the biological nature lost through human progress and development.

His artworks have been widely exhibited at leading galleries, museums and symposia, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA), Tate Gallery (Liverpool, UK), ACM SIGGRAPH (USA), Prix Ars Electronica (Austria) and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (Australia). 

Michaela Futcher (Sydney, Australia)

Michaela is the Head of Strategy for award-winning independent creative communications agency, The Royals.

She is a graduate of Sydney College of Art with a degree in Electronic and Temporal Art and has spent over a decade working on the commercial side of creativity within advertising agencies. She has worked in both the strategy and the creative departments of the business and finds herself in a daily conflict between right and left brain thinking. Precisely where the good stuff happens.

 Her obsessions include getting to know communities on the cultural fringes, challenging consumer biases and creativity as a catalyst for behaviour change. You can find some of her opinions about things here.

Dave King (Melbourne, Australia)

Dave King is CEO and Founder of Move 37, a creative AI company. We use machine learning, data mining and natural language processing to augment ideation, conceptual creativity and invention. 

Dave has more than 20 years' experience developing an understanding of consumer behaviour, media consumption, emerging platforms and creative practices. He is co-founder and head of R&D at the award-winning independent creative agency, The Royals.

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