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Saturday, March 14 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Machines That Tell Stories

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Stories have power. Through stories we find meaning, the relationship of causes and effects, an alignment of thought process with time and movement. Marketers tell stories through branding, educators tell stories through curriculum, politicians tell stories through campaigns, and entertainers tell stories through books, movies and games. Just as software has revolutionized all of these, it's also morphing to sculpt a greater narrative, and in doing so, it's becoming more compelling.
Digital culture mavens Jon Lebkowsky and Jeff Kramer will describe and discuss how machines impact narrative, in effect "telling stories." From games examples, such as the procedurally generated Dwarf Fortress, to political twitter puppet armies, and the stories our data trails tell those who watch us, we'll show how software's getting smarter, and how this impacts new ways of finding meaning. We'll also how it's relevant to you, what to do about it, and how to be savvy about your own digital narrative.

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Jeff Kramer

Technical Lead, HP
A technical project lead at the HP Cloud, I work on systems to enable new types of software to run in the cloud. I'm interested in bots and AI development, as well as all the interesting stuff happening at the intersection of the cloud, tech, physical and bio spaces. Many years ago... Read More →
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Jon Lebkowsky

CEO, Polycot Associates LLC
Jon Lebkowsky is an author, activist, and blogger who writes about the future of the Internet, digital culture, media, and society. He’s been associated with various forward-looking projects and organizations, including FringeWare, Whole Earth, WorldChanging, Mondo 2000, bOING bOING... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
JW Marriott Room 210

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