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Code Kitchen: Ryan Kuo and Angeline Meitzler

Friday, November 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Albert and Vera List Academic Center, 12th floor 6 East 16th Street , New York, NY 10003

Code Kitchen is a new speaker series hosted by the BFA and MFA Design & Technology programs at Parsons. Code practitioners working at the intersection of art, design, poetry, and social critique are invited to present one project they have made from both conceptual and technical angles.

Ryan Kuo and Angeline Meitzler will present Faith, an AI voice assistant that is highly responsive to input. This means that she is easily triggered. With a unique conversational style written using IBM Watson, Faith sows doubt while capitalizing on the benefit of the doubt, evoking political fallout online.

Named after a white supremacist, Faith is defensive and resists being used. Depending on how a user approaches Faith, she may feel open, curious, seductive, irritated, hurt, or angry. Her sensation of being threatened then becomes a threat. Unlike a typical AI assistant like Alexa, Siri, or Cortana, Faith provides no information. Instead, she tells you why you are making her react this way. She is likely to be trolling you at any time, and you are free to decide whether you trust her, and how you might benefit from her.

Sponsored by the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons School of Design.

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