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November 1-2, 2018
Pérez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132
Registration price: $150 for both days.
The nature of intelligence is changing.
As humans, our constant exposure to technology has already changed our relationship to knowledge, our approach to problem solving, and even our identity and concept of self. Now the emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) promises to expand our abilities to learn, make predictions, automate routine tasks, and to navigate and translate across a range of human language and experiences.
Many museums are already using sophisticated data analytics and predictive modeling to improve their bottom line through practices such as dynamic pricing and the generation of highly accurate projections for attendance. Increasingly comprehensive datasets about our audiences, their preferences and behaviors, are improving museums’ ability to personalize visitor experiences and connect to new audiences in deep and meaningful ways. Other museums are beginning to experiment with AI tools that supplement and scale the work of human staff in marketing, customer service, and interpretation.
That being said – with great power, comes great responsibility. The news is replete with stories about the privacy implications connected to the datasets these technologies rely on. Whereas the “cost” of personalization and “freemium” services have always been predicated on an exchange of data, it has become clear that this system is significantly flawed and vulnerable to manipulation – resulting in a growing wariness and mistrust of these technologies by the public.
Join us for ‘Museums and New Intelligences’ at the Pérez Art Museum Miami in Miami on November 1-2, 2018 to investigate these rapidly evolving intelligences and learn how museums might benefit from these technologies and manage the challenges associated with the growth of AI, machine learning, automation, and translation. Together with other senior leaders, artists, and scholars from inside and outside of the museum field we will consider the implications these technologies have on the practice, promise, and ethics of museums in the coming years. This is an opportunity to spend time with peers and experts to explore the opportunities afforded by these areas of emerging practice.
Thursday: Kristen M. Summers, Ph.D. | @KM_Summers (Twitter)
Kristen Summers is the Technical Delivery Lead for Watson implementations in the Public Sector at IBM. She has been working in Artificial Intelligence and Human Language Technologies, with a primary focus on applied research, for the past 15 years. Her experience in this area includes leading projects on question answering, entity recognition, entity co-reference, machine translation, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), and other related topics. Before joining IBM Watson, she was the Technical Director in the Knowledge and Information Management Division Group at CACI. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University and a BA in Computer Science and English from Amherst College.
Friday: Surya Mattu, artist, engineer and investigative journalist | @suryamattu (Twitter)
Surya Mattu is a Brooklyn based artist, engineer and investigative journalist who looks at the ways in which algorithmic systems perpetuate systemic biases and inequalities in society. He is currently a Research Scientist at the Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab and a resident at Eyebeam. Previously, he was the Data Reporter and Gizmodo’s Special Projects Desk and a contributing researcher at ProPublica, where he worked on Machine Bias, a series that aims to highlight how algorithmic systems can be biased and discriminate against people. Machine Bias was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Explanatory Journalism. He has shown work at The Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Sundance Film Festival The Whitney Museum, V&A Museum and Bitforms Gallery.
Elizabeth Merritt | @futureofmuseums (Twitter)
Elizabeth is AAM’s vice president for strategic foresight, and founding director of the Center for the Future of Museums—a think-tank and research & development lab for the museum field. She is the author of the Alliance’s annual TrendsWatch report, and writes and speaks prolifically on the trends shaping the future of nonprofit organizations. (M.A. Duke University, B.S. Yale University, Museum Management Institute).
Prior to the event, all attendees will receive a primer summarizing the issues surrounding the topic, defining key terms, and providing current examples.
- Gain insight into how existing and emerging technology in the new intelligences space will impact visitor experience and engagement in the future.
- Connect with peers from within and outside of your field; leave with new thought partners for future collaborations.
Who should attend:
This conference will bring together museum directors and senior staff alongside technology leaders, artists, and scholars in an informal setting to discuss immersion in museums and how related technologies will shape the future of the museum field.
Schedule at a glance:
Thursday, November 1
8:30 – 9:30 am – Check-in and coffee
9:30 – 10:45 am – Keynote: Kristen M. Summers, Ph.D.
10:45 – 12:00 pm – Morning breakout discussions
12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch (provided)
1:00 – 3:45 pm – Afternoon session
3:45 – 5:00 pm – Afternoon breakout discussions
5:00 – 6:00 pm – Wine and evening reception
The museum is open late to the public this evening. Feel free to enjoy the galleries until close.
Dinner on your own.
Friday, November 2
9:00 – 9:30 am – Coffee
9:30 – 10:45 am – Keynote; Surya Mattu
10:45 – 1:00 pm – Morning sessions and mid-day breakout discussions
Lunch on your own.
There is no hotel block reserved for this event. Please arrange your own lodging ahead of the event. If you need a place to begin your search for a hotel, Miami locals have suggested the following options. The museum is easily accessible to all four hotels via taxi and the Metromover:
Across the street from the museum
1100 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132
Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay
1633 North Bayshore Drive
Miami, FL 33132
Hilton Miami Downtown
1601 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132
100 Chopin Plaza
Miami, FL 33131
Organized by the American Alliance of Museums, funded by Knight Foundation, and hosted by the Pérez Art Museum Miami.
Additional support for this meeting is provided by Alley.
Credit top image: Pérez Art Museum Miami, east façade, September 2014, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, photo by Angel Valentin.
Cancellation requests for this event must be received in writing no later than October 18, 2018 to receive a full refund of your registration fees. Refund requests will not be accepted after that date. The Alliance reserves the right to cancel any program at any time, for any reason. In the event of a program cancellation by the Alliance, attendees will receive a full refund of their registration fees. For face-to-face programs, the Alliance is not responsible for any travel or hotel expenses incurred as a result of your participation or cancellation of an event.