Karen Palmer Awarded ThoughtWorks AI Residency

Posted by the Residency Team
Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The ThoughtWorks Arts AI Residency has been awarded to Karen Palmer, a London-based digital filmmaker and storyteller, to further develop her interactive film, RIOT.

Palmer speaking about her work at TEDxSydney

RIOT, an emotionally responsive, live-action film with 3D sound uses AI technology, machine learning, and facial recognition to navigate through a dangerous riot in progress.

Three Views on Biometrics and Immersion for Creative Tech Week

Posted by the Residency Team
Friday, 2 June 2017

Residency directors Andrew McWilliams & Ellen Pearlman, along with current resident hannes bends, shared their experiences at a special event for this year’s Creative Tech Week in New York. You can watch video of the talks below.

The speakers gave insights into working with blood-glucose levels, brainwaves, and meditation and breath inside VR. In the talks they also discuss the future of the physical body and immersive art practices.

Why We Are Investigating the Biases of Artificial Intelligence

Andrew McWilliams Ellen Pearlman
Posted by the Residency Directors
Monday, 15 May 2017

ThoughtWorks Arts has an open call out now for artists and technologists investigating the implications of Artificial Intelligence for society today.

Image by Roger Marks

AI has incredible potential to automate all kinds of decision-making, and revolutionize industries. However, because of the way in which AI systems are trained, they can also automate and amplify human biases in ways their designers do not intend.

Suppressed Images: Advocating for Chelsea Manning's Release

Posted by the Residency Team
Wednesday, 18 January 2017

In the weeks leading up to yesterday’s spectacular announcement of the commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence, Chelsea was collaborating with resident artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg and illustrator Shoili Kanungo on a graphic short story.

The title pane of 'Suppressed Images'
The title pane of 'Suppressed Images'

The story documents the process by which, in 2015, Heather created a unique portrait of Manning from a sample of DNA, giving a form visibility back to the whistleblower who had been hidden in incarceration for years.

The final pane of the graphic story was a speculative twist in which Manning was freed—a twist that has now come true.

How I Became a Cyborg

Stefanie Grewenig
Posted by Stefanie Grewenig
Tuesday, 17 January 2017

A couple of weeks ago, I had a small computer chip implanted in my left hand, between my thumb and my finger. I ordered the chip from the website Dangerous Things.

The needle I used to inject

The chip is a 12mm x 2mm Near Field Communication (NFC) tag inside a glass cylinder, delivered via a sterile syringe. NFC is the technology known for it’s use in contactless payment, but can be used to wirelessly transmit data of any kind.

Cyborg Senses: Weaving the Materials

Caihong Liu
Posted by Caihong Liu
Thursday, 29 September 2016

I never knew that one day I would be part of a project to develop new human senses — but here I am. I’ve spent the last six months working with the Cyborg Foundation on their ThoughtWorks Arts Residency project.

Engineers Oryan Inbar and Sam Sadtler testing a prototype
Engineers Oryan Inbar and Sam Sadtler testing a prototype

In this post I want to explain what I learned about materials and wearable devices, in the context of experimental new forms of human-computer interaction.