Back to All Events

Machines + Media 2018

  • Bloomberg 731 Lexington Avenue, 7th Floor New York, NY 10022 (map)

MACHINES + MEDIA

Tuesday, May 15th 2018 | Hosted by Bloomberg

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

AI, machine learning, computer vision and future interfaces – data continues to change the way media is produced, distributed, consumed and monetized. NYC Media Lab’s Machines + Media conference, generously sponsored and hosted by Bloomberg for a second year, will focus on new applications of data science and technology in media and journalism. This year’s program will give special consideration to topics such as fake news and disinformation, changing business models, and the impact of automation on the media. Speakers and presenters from across New York City’s industry, innovation and university communities will convene to explore new trends and best practices. 

2017.04.26.MediaLab-LoRes-68.jpg
mediaData.jpeg

THE 2018 PROGRAM

9:00AM. Welcome and Introductions

9:15AM. Keynote Conversation: Technology, Media & Democracy
The rapid growth of social media platforms has changed the way humanity interacts with news and information and with one another, redefining the very nature of the public sphere. In the future, technologies such as artificial intelligence and deep learning will change the media perhaps even more profoundly. Lawmakers around the globe are now contending with questions about what to do to maintain a healthy, democratic discourse. Led by Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait, this keynote discussion will survey the major questions and probe for possible solutions. 

  • John Micklethwait, Bloomberg (moderator)
  • Jessica Rosenworcel, Federal Communications Commission
  • Clay Shirky, New York University

10:00AM. Regulating the Platforms
While discussion of potential new regulations for technology companies is somewhat muted in the United States, it is raging in the UK and Europe. While many observers agree more transparency and accountability for the platforms is desirable, new rules could have unintended consequences. What are the parameters for healthy regulation? 

  • Paul Barrett, NYU Center for Business and Human Rights
  • Kevin Carty, Open Markets Institute
  • Nicholas Thompson, WIRED
  • Claire Wardle, Shorenstein Center
  • Justin Hendrix, NYC Media Lab (moderator)

10:30AM. Coffee Break

11:00AM. State of the Art

Advances in technology drive the convergence of machines and media. This segment surveys a range of exciting new areas:

Blockchain: curiosity around applications of blockchain in media is at a fevered pitch. What use cases are likely to emerge?

Augmented reality and new interfaces: a variety of new technologies are revolutionizing human-computer interaction.

Natural language processing: the automatic generation of text has entered a new era of hyper-personalization, incorporating user psychology and other signals to render new content.

  • Richard Bush, NYIAX
  • Steven Feiner, Columbia University
  • Gilad Lotan, BuzzFeed
  • Amanda Stent, Bloomberg
  • Clay Eltzroth, Bloomberg News (moderator)

11:30AM. Speech + Voice
Voice interfaces are growing in popularity and sophistication. What are the best practices for media product owners developing new applications in this space, and what technologies are enabling their development?  

  • Amir Hirsh, Audioburst
  • Marc Lavallee, The New York Times
  • Steve McLendon, Google
  • Taniya Mishra, Affectiva
  • Ken Romano, Associated Press
  • Ambika Nigam, Bloomberg Media (moderator)

12:00PM. Machine Driven Media in Health + Sports 
New technologies in media often emerge in the sports and health sectors first. This discussion will present case studies and best practices from brands applying applications of data science in the media in these areas. 

  • Aaron Oliker, BioDigital, Inc.
  • James Huerta, Havas
  • Courtney Snavely, Ovee
  • Noah Chestnut, Bleacher Report
  • Amy Chen, NYC Media Lab (moderator)

12:30PM Lunch + Networking

1:30PM. Solutions for the Dark Side Of Machine-Driven Media
Fake news, synthetic video and voices that mimic real people are attacking our shared objective reality. Traditional gatekeepers were once able to construct a set of small conversations, but open platforms now allow many voices to participate and shape a conversation, including some with malicious and often secret agendas. This panel will discuss the biggest threats to the discovery of truth, how disinformation is created and promulgated, and potential ways to fight back together. 

  • Dhruv Ghulati, Factmata
  • Sara Hudson, Investing in US
  • Mor Naaman, Cornell Tech
  • Aviv Ovadya, Center for Social Media Responsibility, University of Michigan
  • Caleb Solomon, Bloomberg News (moderator)

2:15PM. Platforms + Media
In the machine-driven media ecosystem of tomorrow, platforms will largely dominate the economics and user experience for media. This year, changes to algorithms and priorities at the platforms are having a profound effect. 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? 

  • Kelly Born, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s US Democracy Initiative
  • Neo Ellison, IBM Watson Advertising
  • Alex Siegman, Dow Jones
  • Ally Tubis, Fusion Media Group
  • Tal Barak Harif, Bloomberg News (moderator)

3:00PM. Automating Video & Images
New technologies are driving automation in video and images, and may potentially play the most dramatic role of any machine-driven media in changing the industry. This panel will explore the state of the arts. 

  • Bill Beckett, NBCUniversal MediaLabs
  • Lydia Chilton, Columbia University, Computer Science
  • Brenda Milis, Adobe Stock
  • Bjorn Roche, GIPHY
  • Hilary Kay, Wibbitz
  • Francesco Marconi, The Wall Street Journal (moderator)

3:30PM. Coffee Break

4:00PM. 6 Five-Minute Pitches from Exciting Startups, led by Karin Klein of Bloomberg Beta. 

  • Davar Ardalan, IVOW
  • Ryan King, Foam
  • Lora Aroyo, Tagasauris
  • Gideon Mendels, Comet
  • Justin Gage, Algorithmia
  • Joe Ellis, Vidrovr
  • Karin Klein, Bloomberg Beta (moderator)

4:30PM. Racing with the Machines
How will automation change media companies, and what will it mean for employment and organizational structures in the sector? This discussion will imagine how key roles- such as producers and journalists- will change, and will broaden the aperture to consider how employment in the industry will be reshaped by new technologies.

  • Rahel Jhirad, Hearst
  • Shaul Olmert, Playbuzz
  • Drew Silverstein, Amper Music
  • Brad Skillman, Bloomberg
  • Erin Zlomek, Bloomberg News

5:00PM. Tech, Media & Democracy Pitches
Across six New York City universities, graduate students are about to complete a semester-long inquiry into issues at the intersection of technology, media and democracy. See rapid pitches of several concepts to emerge out of this first-of-its-kind collaboration between faculty and students in disciplines ranging from computer science and engineering to design and journalism.

5:30PM. Keynote Discussion
2020—and the decade ahead—is just months away. What are the key trends and ideas that will shape the future, and is there more cause for optimism than pessimism?  

  • Steve Brill, NewsGuard Technologies
  • Greta Byrum, The New School
  • Jared Sandberg, Bloomberg Digital
  • Michael Haydon, Hearst
  • Jim Kennedy, The Associated Press
  • Justin Hendrix, NYC Media Lab (moderator)

SPEAKERS INCLUDE

Davar Ardalan, IVOW
Lora Aroyo, Tagasauris
Tal Barak Harif, Bloomberg News
Paul Barrett, NYU Center for Business and Human Rights
Bill Beckett, NBCUniversal MediaLabs
Kelly Born, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s US Democracy Initiative
Steve Brill, NewsGuard Technologies
Richard Bush, NYIAX
Greta Byrum, The New School
Kevin Carty, Open Markets Institute
Amy Chen, NYC Media Lab
Noah Chestnut, Bleacher Report
Lydia Chilton, Columbia University
Joe Ellis, Vidrovr
Neo Ellison, IBM Watson Advertising
Clay Eltzroth, Bloomberg News
Steven Feiner, Columbia University
Justin Gage, Algorithmia
Dhruv Ghulati, Factmata
Michael Haydon, Hearst
Justin Hendrix, NYC Media Lab
James Heurta, Havas
Amir Hirsh, Audioburst
Sara Hudson, Investing in US
Rahel Jhirad, Hearst
Hilary Kay, Wibbitz
Jim Kennedy, The Associated Press
Ryan King, Foam
Karin Klein, Bloomberg Beta
Mark Lavallee, The New York Times
Gilad Lotan, BuzzFeed
Francesco Marconi, The Wall Street Journal
Steve McLendon, Google
Gideon Mendels, Comet
John Micklethwait, Bloomberg
Brenda Milis, Adobe Stock
Taniya Mishra, Affectiva
Mor Naaman, Cornell Tech
Ambika Nigam, Bloomberg Media
Aaron Oliker, BioDigital, Inc.
Shaul Olmert, Playbuzz
Aviv Ovadya, Center for Social Media Responsibility, University of Michigan
Bjorn Roche, GIPHY
Ken Romano, Associated Press
Jessica Rosenworcel, Federal Communications Commission
Jared Sandberg, Bloomberg Digital
Clay Shirky, New York University
Alex Siegman, Dow Jones
Drew Silverstein, Amper Music
Brad Skillman, Bloomberg
Courtney Snavely, Ovee
Caleb Solomon, Bloomberg News
Amanda Stent, Bloomberg
Nicholas Thompson, WIRED
Ally Tubis, Fusion Media Group
Claire Wardle, Shorenstein Center
Phil Wiser, Hearst
Erin Zlomek, Bloomberg News


THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Please contact Alexis Avedisian (alexis@nycmedialab.org) with any questions regarding registration. 

 

 

Earlier Event: March 6
Sports/Media/Tech
Later Event: June 7
Fake News Horror Show!