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AI Week: How to Think in the Third Millennium

Postponed: New Date TBA

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"A thinking woman with a thought cloud full of letters and numbers floating above her head, painted in the style of Georges Seurat" DALL•E

About

AI Week at Betaworks Begins Monday, 11/28/22

Betaworks is hosting a week of events and discussions to explore the new creative frontiers opened up by generative AI. We’ve witnessed unprecedented developments in how artists and engineers are using generative AI to add creative agency to how we work and play. Over the course of 4 days we will be showcasing insights and projects from an exciting roster of builders and researchers.

About this Event:

Over the last two thousand years, text has inexplicably become the most ubiquitous and the least ergonomic user interface element in the world. We've moved from hand-scribed writing to software word processing, but the underlying material of knowledge is the same — a trail of cryptic characters, lined up next to each other.

Betaworks's very first Researcher in Residence, Linus Lee, has spent the last few months investigating and tinkering around the question of what a next step may look like. He'll walk us through a series of experiments and stories that poke at interesting futures, enabled by recent advances in ML, that may show glimpses into what it means to think in this third millennium.

When

December 1, 2022
6:00 pm

Where

Betaworks, 29 Little W 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

Speakers

Linus

Lee

Researcher in Residence
Betaworks
@thesephist

Linus's independent research investigates the future of knowledge representation and creative work aided by machine understanding of language. He's interested in what comes after today’s language and writing systems, and what learning, creating, and collaborating may look like in the long future of humanity. He has spent the last year prototyping software interfaces and technologies that build on recent advances in NLP to imagine a few such possible futures, and bring some narrow slice of them to life. When he's not fixing language models or hacking on compilers, you can find him sprinting between missed subway stops from his home in East Village.

Sponsors

Agenda

Proof of Full Vaccination Required

Betaworks requires all visitors to show proof of full vaccination to enter. No exceptions. Two ways that you can show proof:
  • Official vaccine card with at least 2 weeks having passed since the date of the last required dose (1 dose for J&J/AstraZeneca, 2 for Pfizer/Moderna)
  • An active digital pass such as the NY State Excelsior Pass or the CLEAR app
What else is happening?
In Person
Public Event

AI Week: How to Think in the Third Millennium

When

POSTPONED: New Date TBA
December 1, 2022
6:00 pm

Where

Betaworks, 29 Little W 12th Street, New York, NY 10014
RSVP

Sold Out

Postponed: New Date TBA

"A thinking woman with a thought cloud full of letters and numbers floating above her head, painted in the style of Georges Seurat" DALL•E

Event Details

AI Week at Betaworks Begins Monday, 11/28/22

Betaworks is hosting a week of events and discussions to explore the new creative frontiers opened up by generative AI. We’ve witnessed unprecedented developments in how artists and engineers are using generative AI to add creative agency to how we work and play. Over the course of 4 days we will be showcasing insights and projects from an exciting roster of builders and researchers.

About this Event:

Over the last two thousand years, text has inexplicably become the most ubiquitous and the least ergonomic user interface element in the world. We've moved from hand-scribed writing to software word processing, but the underlying material of knowledge is the same — a trail of cryptic characters, lined up next to each other.

Betaworks's very first Researcher in Residence, Linus Lee, has spent the last few months investigating and tinkering around the question of what a next step may look like. He'll walk us through a series of experiments and stories that poke at interesting futures, enabled by recent advances in ML, that may show glimpses into what it means to think in this third millennium.

Agenda

Speakers

Linus

Lee

Researcher in Residence
Betaworks
@thesephist

Linus's independent research investigates the future of knowledge representation and creative work aided by machine understanding of language. He's interested in what comes after today’s language and writing systems, and what learning, creating, and collaborating may look like in the long future of humanity. He has spent the last year prototyping software interfaces and technologies that build on recent advances in NLP to imagine a few such possible futures, and bring some narrow slice of them to life. When he's not fixing language models or hacking on compilers, you can find him sprinting between missed subway stops from his home in East Village.

Sponsors

Proof of Full Vaccination Required

Betaworks requires all visitors to show proof of full vaccination to enter. No exceptions. Two ways that you can show proof:
  • Official vaccine card with at least 2 weeks having passed since the date of the last required dose (1 dose for J&J/AstraZeneca, 2 for Pfizer/Moderna)
  • An active digital pass such as the NY State Excelsior Pass or the CLEAR app
What else is happening?
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Tools
For
Thinking

How New Technologies are Changing How We Create, Share, and Build Knowledge

When

December 1, 2022
6:00 pm

Where

Betaworks, 29 Little W 12th Street, New York, NY 10014
Proof of Full Vaccination Required

RENDER is Over, but Camp is just beginning

We had some great speakers and participants turn out for Render, and we all got to participate in very interesting conversations. You can find recordings of all of our sessions below. If you're working on a Tool for Thinking and want to participate in our upcoming accelerator program, you can learn more here.

Building Bicycles for the Mind

AI Week at Betaworks Begins Monday, 11/28/22

Betaworks is hosting a week of events and discussions to explore the new creative frontiers opened up by generative AI. We’ve witnessed unprecedented developments in how artists and engineers are using generative AI to add creative agency to how we work and play. Over the course of 4 days we will be showcasing insights and projects from an exciting roster of builders and researchers.

About this Event:

Over the last two thousand years, text has inexplicably become the most ubiquitous and the least ergonomic user interface element in the world. We've moved from hand-scribed writing to software word processing, but the underlying material of knowledge is the same — a trail of cryptic characters, lined up next to each other.

Betaworks's very first Researcher in Residence, Linus Lee, has spent the last few months investigating and tinkering around the question of what a next step may look like. He'll walk us through a series of experiments and stories that poke at interesting futures, enabled by recent advances in ML, that may show glimpses into what it means to think in this third millennium.

Speakers

Howard

Rheingold

Author
Tools for Thought
@hrheingold

Linus

Lee

Researcher in Residence
Betaworks
@thesephist

Schedule

11:30 AM
Doors Open
12:00 PM
Welcome
with MC
12:10 PM – 12:20 PM
How Do We Define Tools for Thinking and Why Do They Matter?
Join Jerry Michalski and John Borthwick as they talk about their interest in tools for thinking, and what excites them the most about the future of the category.
12:20 PM – 12:50 PM
Inflection Points for Tools for Thinking
What are the key inflection points that will supercharge Tools for Thinking in the near future? How will new technologies, user metaphors, and funding models change how people build these tools? John Borthwick will be discussing how the landscape is changing with the co-founders of Readwise, Daniel Doyon & Tristan Homsi.
12:50 PM – 1:00 PM
Q+A
1:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Demo: Protocol Design for Tools for Thinking
Gordon Brander will be presenting a brief demo on Subconscious and the Noosphere, products he and his team are working on to allow Tools for Thinking to become interoperable and better connected.
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Lunch and Networking
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
The History and Future of Software as Tools for Thinking
Some of the earliest examples of software explored by pioneers like Doug Engelbart, JCR Licklider, Alan Turing, and others were at their core technologies that help magnify, inspect, and spread our ideas. Jerry Michalski will be sitting down (virtually) with Howard Rheingold, author of Tools for Thought, to explore the history and future of "mind-amplifying technology".
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Q+A
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Tools for Thinking Product Demos
We’ll hear from builders and thinkers deep in the space and get to take a look at what they’re working on. We’ll be checking out Plexus, Re:Collect, Jerry’s Brain, Subconscious and more. 
4:15 PM – 4:45 PM
Leveraging AI and ML in Building New Tools for Thinking
Alice Albrecht and Linus Lee will be sitting down with Chris Pedregal to discuss their work in leveraging AI and Machine Learning for creating new kinds of tools for thinking.
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Q+A
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Idea Dimensionality and Representing Semantic Meaning
How do ideas - and the human brains that make and hold them - interact?  Get prepared for meta! Esther Dyson and Jerry Michalski, will discuss the idea of how people work together to shape, compare, intertwine and ultimately produce multi-faceted ideas and multi-dimensional idea spaces.  As David Waltz (Thinking Machines) once said, “Words are not in themselves carriers of meaning, but merely pointers to shared understanding.” Watch and lob questions as the two of them try to build and share the idea of how better ideas can be developed through collaboration.
5:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Q+A
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM
Closing and Happy Hour

Proof of Full Vaccination Required

Betaworks requires all visitors to show proof of full vaccination to enter. No exceptions. Two ways that you can show proof:
  • Official vaccine card with at least 2 weeks having passed since the date of the last required dose (1 dose for J&J/AstraZeneca, 2 for Pfizer/Moderna)
  • An active digital pass such as the NY State Excelsior Pass or the CLEAR app