April 9th Meetup – Analytic Framing – When Machines Write The News

Our speaker this month will be Glenn W. Smith. Glenn W. Smith, a longtime journalist, consultant, and think-tank thinker, is currently holding seminars with journalists around the country on the power of framing in politics, especially framing in communications regarding the environment. The author of The Politics of Deceit, Smith now writes for the Austin American-Statesman and the Quorum Report. He used to write regularly for the Huffington Post (in its original incarnation!), and his work has appeared in the Texas Observer and other publications.

Smith was a senior fellow at cognitive scientist George Lakoff’s Rockridge Institute in Berkeley. He co-authored several papers with Lakoff on the power of framing in what passes for our political “conversation.” With that background, Smith has been helping journalists better understand framing — that language can often carry meanings or unseen propaganda.

During these seminars, Smith encountered a new threatening trend in journalism: publishers and editors, in their efforts to attract eyeballs, are editing copy based upon analytics. In other words, framing is being turned over to machines. Human judgment be damned. It’s not that editors and publishers haven’t always favored popular terminology. Still, good writers and editors use their judgment to avoid passing along propaganda without filter. But, do algorithms care?

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Join us for the discussion from 7:00PM-9:00PM, followed by drinks and camaraderie from 9:00PM-10:00PM at Firehouse Lounge (605 Brazos St).

Capital Factory is located at 701 Brazos Street, on the 16th floor of the Omni Hotel. Once on the 16th floor, there should be a sign at the front desk directing you to our meetup. If there is no sign, and no one is on duty at the desk, we are usually in the room to the left of the front desk.

Talk will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/austintechlive

Parking for the Omni Garage can be validated at the Capital Factory front desk, reducing the cost from $16 to $5. Details: https://capitalfactory.com/parking/

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Analytic Framing – When Machines Write The News

Monday, Apr 9, 2018, 7:00 PM

Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601 Austin, TX

11 Activists Attending

Our speaker this month will be Glenn W. Smith. Glenn W. Smith, a longtime journalist, consultant, and think-tank thinker, is currently holding seminars with journalists around the country on the power of framing in politics, especially framing in communications regarding the environment. The author of The Politics of Deceit, Smith now writes for th…

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February 12th Meetup – Deep Dive Austin – Interactive VR/AR Storytelling

Our speakers this month will be members of the Deep Dive Austin team. The Interactive Deep Dive, Ractive, and Live In Theater come together to discuss the potential of combining virtual reality and live interactive performance for the purposes of simulation training and digital storytelling. The development teams will present upcoming projects, preview current builds (with some audience participation), and host a discussion on the future of interactive media.

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The Schedule

7:00-7:15PM: Intro to the Interactive Deep Dive

7:15-7:30PM: Intro to Ractive

7:30-7:45PM: Live Simulation Training Presentation

7:45-8:15PM: Demo of Virtual Reality Simulation

8:15-8:30PM: Live In Theater presentation on Break Them, a mixed reality murder mystery.

8:30-9:00PM: Meet and Greet with the other Deep Dive members, opportunity for more attendees to try out the simulation.

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The Speakers

-Kevin Percival: A simulation designer, producer, and consultant focused on merging interactive performance techniques with new technologies. He is currently developing live soft skills training simulations for companies around Austin, Texas. http://KevinPercival.com

-Olivia Jimenez: A producer, performer, and experiential wellness consultant who combines her yoga therapy training with the tools of interactive to cultivate overall well-being on individual, interpersonal and community levels. She harnesses the power of play to create experiences that are both effective and enjoyable. http://OliviaJimenez.com

-Carlo D’Amore: An award-winning actor, playwright, Drama Desk nominated director, and experience designer. He is the entrepreneurial force behind NYC’s Live In Theater. Creator of The Ryan Case (Drama Desk nomination for a unique theatrical experience), No Parole (top ten plays & Audience Award winner at Edinburgh Fringe) Lombardi Case 1975 (top six attractions in NYC by CBS Local) and Malts of Legend (SABRE Award winner innovative marketing). http://LiveInTheater.com

-Sebastien Berton: an interactive experience designer, technologist, and producer. He recently co-founded Two Cents Interactive with the mission to explore the space of possibilities created when a digital simulation is mixed with the physicality of the real world. http://twocentsinteractive.com

-Joanna Harmon: an actor, producer, and director. She serves as Co-Producing Artistic Director of Live Action Set, an Ivey Award-winning theater company based in Minneapolis. She has produced over a dozen original productions based in physical theater and dance that often incorporate immersive and interactive elements. Her exploration of interactive techniques have brought her to cities across the country to teach and consult for groups developing their own interactive projects. Her current focus is developing interactive movement in order to give voice to stories that cannot be expressed with words and to empower individuals to express themselves through their unique modes of movement.

-Christy Casey: focuses on creating interactive experiences that provoke empathy by giving audiences the opportunity to take a walk in someone else’s shoes. She is currently directing OpenMind, a “SimuLife” experience that spans several days and multiple locations throughout Austin during SXSW. She has been on the creative/ producing team for several projects, most notably The Alving Estate, a sold-out immersive and interactive theatrical experience based on Ibsen’s Ghosts at the historic Morris Jumel Mansion in NYC. http://ChristyCasey.com, @it’schristycasey

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Join us for the discussion from 7:00PM-9:00PM, followed by drinks and camaraderie from 9:00PM-10:00PM at Firehouse Lounge (605 Brazos St).

Capital Factory is located at 701 Brazos Street, on the 16th floor of the Omni Hotel. Once on the 16th floor, there should be a sign at the front desk directing you to our meetup. If there is no sign, and no one is on duty at the desk, we are usually in the room to the left of the front desk.

Talk will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/austintechlive

Parking for the Omni Garage can be validated at the Capital Factory front desk, reducing the cost from $16 to $5. Details: https://capitalfactory.com/parking/


Deep Dive Austin – Interactive VR/AR Storytelling

Monday, Feb 12, 2018, 7:00 PM

Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601 Austin, TX

58 Activists Went

Our speakers this month will be members of the Deep Dive Austin (http://interactiveplaylab.com/deep-dive-launch/) team. The Interactive Deep Dive, Two Cents Interactive, and Live In Theater come together to discuss the potential of combining virtual reality and live interactive performance for the purposes of simulation training and digital storyte…

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January 8th Meetup – Biopolitics & Biohacking – Medicine, Technoscience, & Health in the 21st Century

Our speaker this month will be Ryan Frisinger. Ryan is an interdisciplinary specialist operating at the intersections of medicine and culture. His major research project is the interaction between genetics, biotechnology, medicine, culture and the humanities. With an emphasis on biohacking, Ryan designs custom health programs that address genetic weaknesses, nutritional deficiencies, emotional traumas, and infectious/environmental pathologies. By transforming advanced multidisciplinary research into potent health-restoring programs, he provides individuals with an operating manual for their unique body. Ryan’s broader work encourages a better understanding and articulation of scientific knowledge and informed critique of the ethical and cultural issues surrounding medical interventions and the practice of medicine.

Ryan’s talk will examine the intersection of various practices of medicine and technoscience with human bodies and lives through an interdisciplinary perspective, focusing in particular on the ways in which the practices of medical, technological, and scientific institutions function in the modern world. Biopolitics is a complicated concept that has been used and developed in critical theory since Michel Foucault to examine the strategies and mechanisms through which human life processes are managed under regimes of authority over knowledge, power, and the processes of subjectivation. In his talk, Ryan will attempt to pull out the foundational underpinnings upon which Foucault rests to begin to develop a theory of biopolitics & biohacking. Paying attention to the historicizing treatment Foucault gives to a notion of power in relation to the rise of biopolitics, he will ultimately reflect upon present-day phenomena like CRISPR gene editing and big data in medical science which signal the movement and transformation of biopolitics into new forms and trajectories.

Join us for the discussion from 7:00PM-9:00PM, followed by drinks and camaraderie from 9:00PM-10:00PM at Firehouse Lounge (605 Brazos St).

Capital Factory is located at 701 Brazos Street, on the 16th floor of the Omni Hotel. Once on the 16th floor, there should be a sign at the front desk directing you to our meetup. If there is no sign, and no one is on duty at the desk, we are usually in the room to the left of the front desk.

Talk will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/austintechlive

Parking for the Omni Garage can be validated at the Capital Factory front desk, reducing the cost from $16 to $5. Details: https://capitalfactory.com/parking/

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