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Friday, November 20 2015
10:00pm - 11:30pm

You, Me, and my Computer

Please join us this Friday for a talk in the
Design & Computation Group Lecture Series: Computational Mediations
at the MIT Department of Architecture

“You, Me, and my Computer”

Friday, NOVEMBER 20, 2015
5:00-6.30PM
Long Lounge [Room 7-429] - whereis.mit.edu/?go=7
architecture.mit.edu/pdfs/Pin-Up-Map.pdf

Lauren McCarthy
Interaction designer | Faculty at ITP, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

Abstract
Can we use technology to help us be more human? To smile more, to touch and to listen to each other? What if a computer could make decisions about our social relationships better than we could ourselves? Would our interactions be improved by algorithmically determining what to do and say? What happens if we crowdsource our dating lives and actually find love? A series of attempts to understand through hacking, art, and self-experimentation.

Biography
Lauren McCarthy is an artist and programmer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is full-time faculty at NYU ITP, and recently a resident at CMU STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and Eyebeam. She holds an MFA from UCLA and a BS Computer Science and BS Art and Design from MIT. Her work explores the structures and systems of social interactions, identity, and self-representation, and the potential for technology to mediate, manipulate, and evolve these interactions. Lauren has worked on installations for the London Eye, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, IBM, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello. Her artwork has been shown in a variety of contexts, including the Ars Electronica Center, Conflux Festival, SIGGRAPH, LACMA, the Japan Media Arts Festival, Share Festival, File Festival, and others.

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Further information on the Computation Group lectures can be found at:
architecture.mit.edu/disciplines/computation/lectures/computation-lectures
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Please contact Theodora Vardouli [thvard@mit.edu] for any inquiries.


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