Machines + Media 2019

Thursday, May 23, 2019 (8AM-7PM)
Sponsored & Hosted by Bloomberg
731 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

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 third annual Machines + Media conference, once again generously sponsored and hosted by Bloomberg, will focused on new applications of data science and technology in journalism and media.

Machines + Media 2019 gave special consideration to topics such as the impact of AI in a global economy, R&D priorities for media, and how technology experts are teaching computers to see, listen, speak, and interpret emotions. Speakers and presenters from New York City’s media industry, universities and the tech community gathered to explore the latest new trends and best practices.

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8:00AM: Breakfast and Registration

9:00AM: Welcome Announcements

9:10AM: Keynote Discussion: Artificial Intelligence and Competition. Artificial intelligence stands to change the nature of competition between individuals, companies and nation states. Winners in the AI race may establish an unassailable advantage over losers. What are the key ways that AI will change the nature of competition, and on what time frame?

  • Beth Smith, General Manager, IBM Watson AI

  • Led by: John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg

9:45AM: Panel: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Media. AI and machine learning are changing the way media and information are produced, distributed, consumed and monetized. How are these technologies changing the industry? With speakers:

  • Haile Owusu, SVP, Analytics, Decisions and Data Sciences, Turner Media

  • Anju Kambadur, Head of AI Engineering, Bloomberg

  • Sage Wohns, CEO & Co-Founder, Agolo

  • Sowmya Gottipati, Vice President, Media Labs, NBCUniversal

  • Moderator: Monique White, Head of AI and Information Extraction, Bloomberg

10:30AM: Coffee Break

10:50AM: The State of the Art. We’re teaching computers how to see, listen, speak, and even interpret emotion. Each year, the tech advances. What’s the state of the art in computer vision, natural language processing and generation, emotion recognition and related technologies? This session will host a series of technical presentations from university and startup researchers. With presentations from:

  • Shih-Fu Chang, Richard Dicker Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Columbia University

  • Shioulin Sam, Research Engineer, Cloudera

  • Mor Naaman, Associate Professor, Jacobs Institute, Cornell Tech

  • Gary Kazantsev, Head of Quant Technology Strategy, Office of the CTO, Bloomberg

  • Moderator: Amy Chen, Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, NYC Media Lab

11:50AM: Panel: AI Generated Characters. In the near future, characters, brands and other digital media entities will be animated by artificial intelligence. Interactions with these AI characters will produce highly personalized experiences. This panel discussion will consider the state of the art for developing AI interactions, with a focus on what is now possible, and what gaps exist researchers and entrepreneurs who seek to build solutions. With speakers:

  • Oren Aharon, CEO & Founder, Hour One

  • Mitu Khandaker, CEO, Glow Up Games

  • Aleissia Laidacker, Director of Developer Experience, Magic Leap

  • Terry Chen, VP of Audio, Modulate

  • Moderator: Justin Hendrix, Executive Director, NYC Media Lab and RLab

12:30PM: Lunch

1:30PM: Panel: Deep Dive: The R&D Priorities of the Tech Platforms. At one level, machine-driven media is most heavily driven by the R&D priorities of the major technology companies, who can afford to hire the best engineering and computer science talent and benefit from enormous scale. What do we know about the R&D priorities of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, and what do they tell us about the future of media? Analysts combine what is publicly available to give us insight. With speakers:

  • Mandeep Singh, Senior Analyst, Technology, Bloomberg Intelligence

  • Francesco Marconi, R&D Chief, The Wall Street Journal

  • Justin Hendrix, Executive Director, NYC Media Lab and RLab

  • Nick Katsivelos, Director, Digital Advisory Services, Office of the CTO, Microsoft

  • Moderator: Adela Quinones, News Product Manager, News Analytics and Automation, Bloomberg

2:15PM: Fireside Chat: Algorithmic Bias & the Ethics of Machine-Driven Media. The great fear of many about the machine-driven media of the future is that bias and ethical challenges will scale as fast as the systems into which they are coded. But there are many working on solutions to address these challenges, from technologists and designers to policy makers. This panel discussion will address how to avoid bad outcomes. With Speakers:

  • Amanda Stent, NLP Architect, Office of the CTO, Bloomberg

  • Katherine Maher, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation

3:00PM: Coffee Break

3:20PM: Cities, Satellites and Sensors. As the Earth is increasingly mapped and studied by cameras and sensors, new sources of data are available to help people make sense of the world. How is information from sensors—at every altitude—converted into content and media that people consume? What are the implications for privacy? With speakers:

  • Joshua Ness, Senior Manager, Verizon 5G Labs

  • Janine Yoong, VP Business Development, Mapillary

  • Jen Hensley, President, Link, Intersection

  • Adam Maher, CEO, Ursa Space Systems

  • Moderator: Harley Sugarman, Investor, Bloomberg Beta

4:00PM: Panel: The Chinese User Experience. The Chinese media and information ecosystem is developing amidst a different set of constraints. What can we learn from the Chinese user experience? Experts on Chinese media and technology behavior will give us a nuanced look at the good and bad of media and technology innovation in China. With speakers:

  • Joyce Shen, Investment Director & Operating Partner, Tenfore Holdings

  • Kenneth Bronfin, Senior Managing Director, Head of International Investments, Hearst Ventures

  • Paul Triolo, Practice Head, Geo-Technology, Eurasia Group

  • Chao Jin, Game Designer, Dots

  • Moderator: Edith Moy, Managing Editor, Data Driven News & Automation, Bloomberg News

4:45PM: Keynotes: Automation of News & Journalism. From hidden connections in big data to bots spreading fake news, journalism is increasingly computer-generated. Experts in computer science and media will detail the present and future of a world in which news is created by algorithms.

  • Nick Diakopoulos, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University; and Author, Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Media

  • Meredith Broussard, Assistant Professor, L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University; and Author, Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World

  • Moderator: Chris Collins, Senior Executive Editor, Breaking News, Bloomberg

5:45PM: Cocktails and Networking

7:00PM: Close

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