San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Long Now Foundation welcomes
D. Fox Harrell, PhD
MIT / CASBS Stanford Fellow / Author of Phantasmal Media
Coding Ourselves/Coding Others:
Imagining Social Identities Through Computing
in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University.
@ The Interval at Long Now: check-in begins at 6:30; talk will start at 7:30
Join us afterwards for drinks and conversation with our speaker
The book Phantasmal Media will be on sale; signing after the talk
D. Fox Harrell's research explores the use of the computer as an expressive and cultural medium. As described in his recent book Phantasmal Media: An Approach to Imagination, Computation, and Expression (MIT Press), through both building and analyzing systems, he investigates how the computer can be used to express cultural meanings through data-structures and algorithms.
In this talk Dr. Harrell will explore how our identities are complicated by their intersection with computing technologies including social networking, gaming, virtual worlds and related media forms. He'll look at how data-structures and algorithms in popular videogames and social media implement not only persistent issues of class, gender, sex, race, and ethnicity, but also dynamic construction of social categories, discourse, metaphorical thought, body language, fashion, and more.
He will also demonstrate technologies that he has developed with his research group, the MIT Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory, which offer more nuanced and expressive ways to computationally model identity-related phenomena such as social status, marginalization, and social stigma in digital media.
Dr. Harrell is a current Fellow at CASBS (Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences) at Stanford University. Long Now is proud to regularly feature CASBS Fellows in our "Conversations at The Interval" series.
For over sixty years CASBS has been a national and international locus for transformative thinking and research on the most important issues in social science. The Center's residential fellowship program attracts the finest scholars from psychology, sociology, economics, political science, anthropology, history, philosophy, linguistics, and related disciplines. They are now extending the fellowship program to define social problems that CASBS teams can come together to solve, reaffirming the Center as a source of innovative, cutting edge ideas and practice.
Chimeria is a platform developed at ICE Lab to model and study social identity categorization, uniting computer science, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and sociology
Built with Chimeria, the game Gatekeeper models social categorization and stigma
Developers: D. Fox Harrell and the MIT Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory
D. Fox Harrell is an associate professor of digital media in the Comparative Media Studies Program and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT. He founded and directs the MIT Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory (ICE Lab).
Dr. Harrell holds a PhD in computer science and cognitive science from the University of California, San Diego. In 02010 he was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for his project “Computing for Advanced Identity Representation.”
During his fellowship at CASBS, Dr. Harrell is primarily focused on developing computational media systems that can achieve greater aesthetic, affective, and social resonance. A particular goal is to develop integrated gaming/social media technologies for expressing and better understanding cognitive phenomena related to social identity.
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Photos by Bryce Vickmark
Gatekeeper screenshot © D. Fox Harrell
When & Where
The Interval at Long Now
The Interval at Long Now is a bar, cafe and event venue located in historic Fort Mason Center on San Francisco's north shore within view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. We serve delicious beverages in a room full of mechanical wonders and thousands of books.
We are open daily 10AM to midnight. Events are typically on Tuesday nights a few times a month. Tickets usually go on sale 2 weeks prior to the event. Talks sell out quickly due to our limited capacity.
Long Now members can purchase tickets before the general public.
The Interval is home to The Long Now Foundation which is dedicated to long-term thinking through projects including building a 10,000-year Clock, the monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking (SALT), The Rosetta Project, PanLex, and Revive & Restore.