Machines + Media

  • Bloomberg 731 Lexington Avenue New York, NY, 10022 United States

Natural language generation, automatic video production, personalization and recommendations—data is changing the way media is produced, distributed and consumed. Machines + Media will focus on present and future developments for these new applications.

Machines + Media is now sold out. If you are an employee of an NYC Media Lab Member Company and are requesting a ticket, or if you are a member of the press and would like to inquire about a press pass for your organization, please contact Alexis Avedisian, NYC Media Lab Communications Manager, by email at alexis@nycmedialab.org.


DATE + LOCATION

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
8am-7pm

Machines + Media has been generously sponsored by Bloomberg.

Bloomberg
7th Floor
731 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022


SPEAKERS

Mohamed AlTantawy, CTO & Co-Founder, Agolo
Colin Beirne, Managing Director, Two Sigma Ventures
Osnat Benari, Senior Director of Research & Development, AOL
John Borthwick, CEO, Betaworks
Meredith Brousssard, Assistant Professor, NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
Lisa Burton, Co-Founder and Chief Data Scientist, AdMass
Shih-Fu Chang, Senior Executive Vice Dean, Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Joe Ellis, CEO & Co-Founder, Vidrovr
Clay Eltzroth, Managing Editor, Bloomberg
Jacqueline Garavente, Investment Team Analyst, Union Square Ventures
Field Garthwaite, Co-Founder and CEO, IRIS.TV
Jeremy Gilbert, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Washington Post
James Grimmelmann, Professor of Law, C ornell Tech
Mark Hansen, Director, David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation
Margaret Hung, SVP, Strategic Insights, The Weather Company
Nicolas Huynh Thien, Computer Vision, Uru
Monika Jedrzejowska, Privacy Counsel, Hearst
Rahel Jhirad, VP, Data Science, Hearst
Sachin Kamdar, CEO and Co-Founder, Parse.ly
Dheerja Kaur, Head of Product, theSkimm
John Keefe, Bot Developer and App Product Manager, Quartz
Missy Kelley, Product Design Director, HUGE
Jason Kint, CEO, Digital Content Next
Karin Klein, Founding Partner, Bloomberg Beta
Marc Lavallee, Executive Director, Story[X], The New York Times
Gilad Lotan, Head of Data Science, Buzzfeed
Beth Loughney, CEO, Zorroa
Marc Maleh, Global Director, Havas Cognitive
Gideon Mann, Head of Data Science, Bloomberg
Francesco Marconi, Manager of Strategy and Development, The Associated Press
Bill Marino, Co-Founder, Uru
Hilary Mason, Founder, Fast Forward Labs
Kathy McKeown, Director of the Data Science Institute, Columbia University
John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg
Ben Pfeifer, GM Editorial, Shutterstock
Friederike Schuur, Data Scientist, Fast Forward Labs
Drew Silverstein, CEO & Co-Founder, Amper Music
Jared Sandberg, Senior Executive Director, Bloomberg Digital
Amanda Stent, Researcher, Office of the CTO at Bloomberg
Jerry Talton, Engineering Manager, Machine Learning, Slack
Huynh Thien, Computer Vision Scientist, Uru
Chris Wiggins, Chief Data Scientist, The New York Times
Michael Wiley, Managing Director, Publicis Ventures
David Young, Faculty Member, Parsons School of Design

More speakers to be announced soon!

The Program:

8:00 AM. Registration & Networking

9:00. Introductions from Justin Hendrix, NYC Media Lab; and John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg.

9:15. The Machines Are Coming: Automating the Media: From text to images to video to audio, media is now completely machine readable. Applications of data science, from machine and deep learning to artificial intelligence, are sweeping over the industry and changing the way media is produced, distributed, consumed and monetized. This discussion will set the agenda and explore the key themes for the day.
Justin Hendrix, Executive Director, NYC Media Lab (Moderator)
Hilary Mason, Founder, Fast Forward Labs
Kathy McKeown, Director of the Data Science Institute, Columbia
University
Amanda Stent, Researcher, Office of the CTO at Bloomberg
John Borthwick, CEO, Betaworks


10:00. It’s Magic Time: The State of the Art: Flash presentations on how data science techniques are changing the building blocks of media: Text, Images + Video, Voice + Audio.
Friederike Schuur, Data Scientist, Fast Forward Labs
Rahel Jhirad, Vice President, Data Science, Hearst
Shih-Fu Chang, Senior Executive Vice Dean, Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

10:45. Coffee & Networking

11:00. Platforms Eat the World: In the machine-driven media ecosystem of tomorrow, platforms will largely dominate the economics and user experience for media. What is the future of media companies in this environment, and how should they think about organizing their own R&D and strategic activities to survive?
Gilad Lotan, Head of Data Science,
Osnat Benari, Sr. Director Research & Development, AOL
James Grimmelmann, Professor of Law, Cornell Tech
Gideon Mann, Head of Data Science, Bloomberg (Moderator)


11:30. The Economics of Machine Driven Media: From automation to augmentation, media companies that embrace machines do so to find economic advantage. Efficiencies and optimization are possible in every area of the business, from content production to monetization. Increasingly, automation will change the balance sheets for media companies. What will the media company of the future look like?
Field Garthwaite, Co-Founder and CEO, IRIS.TV
Ben Pfeifer, SVP Editorial, Shutterstock
Margaret Hung, SVP, The Weather Company
Amy Chen, Manager of Partnerships, NYC Media Lab (Moderator)

12:00PM. Racing with Machines: In order to take advantage of machine driven media, companies will have to think differently about how they organize themselves, the types of talent they retain and how they structure their teams. What are early best practices?
Sachin Kamdar, CEO and Co-Founder, Parse.ly
Jeremy Gilbert, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Washington Post
Beth Loughney, CEO, Zorroa
Marc Lavallee, Executive Director, Story[X], The New York Times
Clay Eltzroth, Managing Editor, Bloomberg (Moderator)

12:30. Lunch

2:00. People, Too: As media is more and more automated and machine driven, and as media experiences are more and more environmental- think augmented reality or voice interfaces- user experience and design questions become important, both for consumers and for workflows inside media companies. How can machine driven companies keep design at the heart of the mission?
Chris Wiggins, Chief Data Scientist, The New York TImes
David Young, Faculty Member, Parsons School of Design
Jerry Talton, Engineering Manager, Machine Learning, Slack
Dheerja Kaur, Head of Product, TheSkimm
Amy Chen, Manager of Partnerships, NYC Media Lab

2:45. Good Bot, Bad Bot: Automated conversations and experiences are top of mind for many publishers and brands. What are the opportunities and challenges for bots? what is there to look forward to, and what is there to fear about when we think about an internet driven by AI, bots and other conversational interfaces?
John Keefe, Bot Developer and App Product Manager, Quartz
Missy Kelley, Product Design Director, HUGE
Marc Maleh, Global Director, Havas Cognitive
Francesco Marconi, Manager of Strategy and Development, The Associated Press
Meredith Broussard, Assistant Professor, NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute (Moderator)

3:30. Startups Lead the Way: A new generation of startups is defining the future of machine-driven media, and in some cases helping traditional media companies retrofit themselves for a platform-driven, data-driven world. Five companies make five lightning pitches.
Bill Marino, Co-Founder and Nicolas Huynh Thien, Computer Vision, Uru
Scientist, Uru
Mohamed AlTantawy, CTO & Co-Founder, Agolo         
Joe Ellis, CEO & Co-Founder, Vidrovr
Lisa Burton, Co-Founder and Chief Data Scientist and Mike Sorgenfrei, Co-Founder, AdMass
Drew Silverstein, CEO at Amper Music


4:00. Investing in Machine-Driven Media:  A panel of investors discuss the way they see these trends and technologies evolving, and what strategic considerations inform their investment decisions.
Karin Klein, Founding Partner, Bloomberg Beta
Jacqueline Garavente, Investment Team Analyst, Union Square Ventures
Colin Beirne, Managing Director, Two Sigma Ventures
Michael Wiley, Managing Director, Publicis Ventures (Moderator)

4:30. The Dark Side of Machine Driven Media: From “Fake News” to filter bubbles, from privacy concerns to cybersecurity, there are profound challenges for individuals, companies and society in a machine-driven future. This discussion will address key considerations and ask what role media and technology companies should play in solving for negative outcomes and externalities that emerge from the application of these new technologies.
Jason Kint, CEO, Digital Content Next
Mark Hansen, Director, David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation
Jared Sandberg, Senior Executive Director, Bloomberg Digital
Monika Jedrzejowska, Privacy Counsel, Hearst
Justin Hendrix, Executive Director, NYC Media Lab (Moderator)


5:30. Drinks & Networking


Machines + Media is now sold out. If you are an employee of an NYC Media Lab Member Company and are requesting a ticket, or if you are a member of the press and would like to inquire about a press pass for your organization, please contact Alexis Avedisian, NYC Media Lab Communications Manager, by email at alexis@nycmedialab.org.

 

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