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The design of human-machine interactions is certain to be difficult. How can we safely couple our subjective analog selves to the deterministic digital whirlings of today’s computers? With their dazzling speed and incomprehensible panopticon of their data, we are bound to be overwhelmed. And so it is with today’s artificial intelligence. We are subjugated by a new class of pandemic in the form of digital manipulations of our privacy, our attention, our emotions and our way of living harmoniously together. What paths can we forge as designers and entrepreneurs, teachers and students to swing the sensibility of our machine interactions back to our biological and social selves? And how can we do this ethically?

Join us for "Conversation Imparts Agency to Human-Machine Interaction." This talk proposes we design digital interfaces that enable the agency that comes with human-to-human conversation. The rich interactions of conversation engender the relationships and trust that are necessary foundations for collaboration and governance. Bringing the conversation to human-machine interaction has the potential to give each person a new degree of participation in value creation for the individual and collective benefit.

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