Pattie Maes (MIT) on "Cognitive Enhancement"
Sarah Friend (Cryptoartist) on "Systems as Fictions"
Amelia Winger-Bearskin (Media Artist, University of Florida) on ''Visual Storytelling with Bleeding-edge Technologies"
Pattie Maes is a professor in MIT's Program in Media Arts and Sciences and until recently served as academic head. She runs the Media Lab's Fluid Interfaces research group, which aims to radically reinvent the human-machine experience. In 1995 Maes developed the pioneering ALIVE (Artificial Life Interactive Video Environment) system. Coming from a background in artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction, she is particularly interested in the topic of cognitive enhancement, or how immersive and wearable systems can actively assist people with memory, attention, learning, decision making, communication, and wellbeing. Maes is the editor of three books, and is an editorial board member and reviewer for numerous professional journals and conferences. She has received several awards: Fast Company named her one of 50 most influential designers (2011); Newsweek picked her as one of the "100 Americans to watch for" in the year 2000; TIME Digital selected her as a member of the "Cyber Elite," the top 50 technological pioneers of the high-tech world; the World Economic Forum honored her with the title "Global Leader for Tomorrow"; Ars Electronica awarded her the 1995 World Wide Web category prize; and in 2000 she was recognized with the "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the Massachusetts Interactive Media Council. She has also received an honorary doctorate from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium, and her 2009 TED talk on "the 6th sense device" is among the most-watched TED talks ever. In addition to her academic endeavors, Maes has been an active entrepreneur as co-founder of several venture-backed companies, including Firefly Networks (sold to Microsoft), Open Ratings (sold to Dun & Bradstreet) and Tulip Co (privately held). Prior to joining the Media Lab, Maes was a visiting professor and a research scientist at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab. She holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and a PhD in artificial intelligence from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium.
Sarah Friend is an artist and software engineer, specializing in blockchain and the p2p web. She is a participant in the [Berlin Program for Artists](http://berlinprogramforartists.org/), a co-curator of [Ender Gallery](https://ender.gallery/), an artist residency taking place inside the game Minecraft, an alumni of [Recurse Centre](https://www.recurse.com/), a retreat for programmers, and an organiser of [Our Networks](https://ournetworks.ca/), a conference on all aspects of the distributed web. She is on the advisory board and was formerly the smart contract lead for [Circles UBI](https://joincircles.net/), a blockchain-based community currency that aims to lead to a more equal distribution of wealth. She was also the technical lead for [Culturestake](https://culturestake.org/), a project that uses quadratic voting to lead to better decisions about arts funding. This year, she a co-founded [bitspossessed](https://join.bitspossessed.org/), an art and software development consultancy that operates as a coop), and has been the technical lead for Culturestake (a project that uses quadratic voting to lead to better decisions about arts funding).
Amelia Winger-Bearskin (Media Artist, University of Florida) on ''Visual Storytelling with Bleeding-edge Technologies" Amelia Winger-Bearskin is an artist who innovates with artificial intelligence in ways that make a positive impact on our community and the environment. She is a Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Chair and Associate Professor of Artificial Intelligence and the Arts, at the Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida. She is the inventor of Honor Native Sky, a project for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture: Honor Native Land Initiative. She founded Wampum.Codes which is both an award-winning podcast and an ethical framework for software development based on indigenous values of co-creation. Wampum.codes was awarded a Mozilla Fellowship embedded at the MIT Co-Creation Studio from 2019-2020 and was featured at the 2021 imagineNative festival. She continued her research in 2021 at Stanford University as their artist and technologist in residence made possible by the Stanford Visiting Artist Fund in Honor of Roberta Bowman Denning (VAF) . In 2019 she was an invited presenter to His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama, at his World Headquarters in Dharamsala for the Summit on Fostering Universal Ethics and Compassion. In 2018 she was awarded a MacArthur/Sundance Institute fellowship for her 360 video immersive installation in collaboration with the artist Wendy Red Star (supported by the Google JUMP Creator program). The non-profit she founded IDEA New Rochelle, in partnership with the New Rochelle Mayor's Office, won the 2018 $1 Million Dollar Bloomberg Mayor's Challenge for their VR/AR Citizen toolkit to help the community co-design their city. In 2018 she was awarded the 100k Alternative Realities Prize for her Virtual Reality Project from Engadget and Verizon Media. Amelia is Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation of Oklahoma, Deer Clan.
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