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AI in Entertainment & Media

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The AI LA Community is proud to present February's Third Thursday Tech Talk focused on AI's impact on entertainment and media.

How will artificial intelligence affect pre-production, content creation, content consumption, and user experiences?

We will ground our conversations with what is possible today, using real world examples. We will then explore how AI will be used more frequently as a tool in the creative and planning process.

How can data be used to make more informed decisions instead of relying on your gut?

We will also dive into more philosophical perspectives, such as how AI will open up new possibilities for reactive narratives, instead of today's branching narrative paradigm found in shows like Netflix's Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.

Come out with an open mind and your questions.


Speakers (more updates coming soon!)

Yves Bergquist - Director, AI & Neuroscience in Media Project, Entertainment Technology Center @ USC

Lindy Rauchenstein is a Machine Learning Engineer at Artie, where she helps develop the WonderfriendTM engine, enabling content creators to bring the world's most advanced intelligent avatars to life in mobile AR. She specializes in using facial emotion recognition and object detection to enable avatar-to-consumer interactions that are life-like and highly engaging. Artie's avatars are able to be shared as standard hyperlinks, making discovery easy on social media and content platforms. Lindy began working on world-aware machine learning sensor systems in 2015 as a researcher at Battelle, where her team's environmental monitoring work earned recognition as an R&D 500 award finalist. She has previously worked as a data scientist and machine learning engineer on projects with Lockheed Martin, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USAID, the National University of Laos, and as the Chief Data Officer for MARE, a deep ocean exploration nonprofit.

Rocky Morton studied film, animation, photography and painting at West Surrey College of Art and Design in the UK. After working on “The Wall” an animated film for The Pink Floyd he and his partner Annabel Jankel went on the start a production company in London to make Music Videos, creating award winning films for, The Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, George Harrison, Miles Davis, Sex Pistols, Gravity Kills and many others. After creating the hit TV show Max Headroom, Morton then went on to co-direct two feature films, which brought him to the USA where he formed MJZ (Morton Jankel Zander) with partner David Zander. MJZ has won the Palme D’Or at Cannes, 8 times, more than any other production company in history. Rocky went on to make memorable award winning commercials, music videos and short films.

Awards: Cannes Lions, British D&AD, Clios, the One Show award, and an Emmy, also, twice nominated as best director by the Director’s Guild of America (DGA). Morton’s work can be found today in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City and at the Victoria & Albert (V&A) museum in London. His short film “The M Word” written by Alan Ball was an Official Sundance selection in the Sundance Film Festival.

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Irena Cronin - is CEO of Transformation Group which advises decision makers on business strategies related to Spatial Computing (AR/VR), Artificial Intelligence, including Machine Learning and Deep Learning, Facial Recognition, Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles, and related disruptive technologies. Previous to this, she worked several years as an equity research analyst with extensive experience at valuating both public and private companies. Cronin has a Joint MBA in Finance/MA in East Asian Area Studies from the University of Southern California and an MS in Information Technology – Management and Systems from New York University. She graduated with a BA from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Economics (summa cum laude). She has near-fluent proficiency in Mandarin, intermediate in Japanese and beginning in Korean.


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Accessibility

We will be live-streaming our panel discussion over the Internet. Our venue is wheelchair-accessible, and we will provide reserved seatings for attendees with mobility devices.

Please contact us by February 15, 2019 if you would like to request ASL and/or a reserved seat.

We are unable to provide real-time captioning for the panel, but you can use the LiveCaption app.

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