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Monday Night Seminar: The New Shape of Things: Big Data, Big Stories
Mon, 7 November 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Inaugural Monday Night Seminar, Monday November 7th, 6:00 PM
With Barbara Crow, Mobile Media Lab York University; Assaf Biderman, Associate director, Senseable City Lab MIT
The McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology, Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto, is pleased to announce a Fall 2016/Winter 2017 rollout of events. Weekly sessions carry on the “Monday Night Seminar” tradition of McLuhan, where open, frank and sometimes explosive exchange takes place in the same intimate Coach House setting where McLuhan once held court.
A roster of programs for Fall 2016/Winter 2017 brings together an eclectic mix of innovators and thinkers from the university and the larger global village. This program of events is designed to challenge notions, provoke thought and help us imagine our collective future.
The new shape of things: Big Data, Big Stories
Our theme last year was “City as Classroom” where we sought insight and experience that the city has to offer to inform and stimulate. This year we go beyond the city in exploring the extent to which McLuhan’s adage that “the medium is the message” applies to the underlying influences of our data surround and in particular “big data” that shape and influence how we see, act and grow.
We seek explore data both literally and metaphorically from a variety of perspectives of science, the arts, business, industry and academe.
Barbara Crow is the Dean, Graduate Studies at York University. Her research interests are in the social, cultural, political and economic implications of digital technologies. She has edited collections on mobile technologies, US radical feminism, and Canadian Women's Studies. She has worked on a number of large-scale interdisciplinary grants with engineers, designers, artists and communication scholars to produce technical and cultural content for mobile experiences. She is one of the co-founders of the Mobile Media Lab, co-founding editor of wi: a journal of mobile media. She is a co-investigator on a Social Science and Humanities Major Partnership Grant, “Ageing, Communication and Technology”.
Assaf Biderman is a technology inventor, author, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Superpedestrian, a robotics company that focuses on the future of personal urban mobility, and co-inventor of the Copenhagen Wheel: MIT's award winning bicycle project and the company’s first product. Superpedestrian has received multiple awards including the Red Dot: Luminary, Time Magazine's 25 Best Inventions of 2014, and the Deutscher Werkbund award. He also teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is Associate Director of the SENSEable City Laboratory, a research group that explores how technology is changing the way we understand, design and live in cities.
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