Join panelists working in film, helpmeet technologies, video-gaming, and the computer arts as they reflect on these new digital “beings.”
Is the Internet's relationship to the female form socially progressive, or less so than in-real-life? Today, famous online avatars and chatbots tend to be female, with silky voices, alluring smiles, and palatable, non-threatening viewpoints.
This panel is partially sponsored by the Yale Alumni Arts League, with community partners including: Yale in Hollywood, YaleWomen, Yale Tech, and Careers, Life & Yale. Mimosas and refreshments will be available for purchase.
Media artist and founding partner of Aeolab, a design and technology consulting firm. Her work has been shown internationally, including at the Milan Triennale, Istanbul Design Biennial, NEMO Amsterdam, MOMA, SIGGRAPH, and IMRF Tokyo. Co holds a Master of Science degree in Media Arts and Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in architecture from MIT.
Cofounder and former CEO of Nix Hydra, a VC-backed company that she created in her early 20s to develop mobile games that appeal to young women. The company's apps are enjoyed by over 23 million+ people worldwide. She graduated from Yale University and grew up in South Africa.
Journalist, critic, Documentary producer on Netflix, brand strategist for Fortune 500 companies. As a journalist and critic, her writing has appeared in publications such as the Atlantic, the New York Times T Magazine, and Artforum. She has created strategy, content, and experiences for clients like Apple, Airbnb, GE, and Gucci. She's a visiting lecturer at the Sotheby's Institute of Art, and serves on the board of the non-profit arts organization China Residencies Network. She graduated from Yale University.
CEO and cofounder of aflow, a conversational AI studio in NYC and brand strategist for Fortune 500 companies such as Verizon, Hungryroot, Habitat for Humanity, where Mountains Meet, Tegna, OpenIDEO, NCAA, The Helm, Genentech, and others. She is also a college essay tutor at The Opportunity Network and advisor to the 501(c)(3) Code to Inspire. Alison graduated from Yale University.
Artist, professor, and the Director of the Immersion Lab at ArtCenter College of Design, teaching for the Media Design Practices MFA program and Interaction Design Department. She is recently working with students to design agent behaviors using Unity. She has been a designer at Microsoft Research, Xbox, in Advanced Development exploring the future of Entertainment and Devices, and a design research fellow at Media Design Practices. Jenny holds an MFA from ArtCenter College of Design and Bachelors in Industrial & Interaction Design from Syracuse University.
Janna Avner (Moderator
Femmebit Co-founder, 2-D artist, journalist. Janna has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Paris Review. Her writings on artificial intelligence were selected for “What Future: The Year’s Best Ideas to Reclaim, Reanimate, and Reinvent Our Future,” a 2017 best-of-anthology by Unnamed Press. Janna cofounded Femmebit, the digital art festival and art movement celebrating female-identifying tech artists based in Los Angeles. Janna Avner graduated from Yale University and is an oil painter.
Audrey Wu is Co-Founder and CEO of CONVRG, a voice and messaging platform for with customers such as Estee Lauder Companies, Sephora, the GRAMMYS, Proactiv and Aveda. She has worked in emerging technology at at imperson, TechStars, JibJab Bros. Studios, iconmobile/WPP and Ketchum. She previously headed imperson Studios, powering AI based chatbots for Disney, Lionsgate and Amazon. Audrey was recently named one of the top 25 chatbot influencers in the world. In addition she has spoken at SXSW, Mobile World Congress, ShopTalk, Social Media Week, Girls Lounge and various technology innovation events. She is also a regular contributor to AdWeek.