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May 2018

Wednesday, May 16
Human-Machine Interfaces & The Future Of Interaction - 5/16 - Seattle, WA
5:30 PM
Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium
In the future you won't have to say a word to control your gadgets.

60 Minutes recently featured MIT graduate student Arnav Kapur who ordered a pizza, all without saying a word or lifting a finger thanks to a prototype device called AlterEgo . The device lets people communicate silently and unobtrusively with each other by picking up on electrical signals produced by small movements of facial and neck muscles used when silently reading or talking. If you missed it you can view the clip here

Kapur's device points to the reality that controlling our gadgets by talking to them could soon become a thing of the past. Are we moving toward a future where you won't even have to move your lips to communicate and complete every day tasks?

As the Spring session of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest comes to a close, we thought it was only appropriate to consider societal impacts of new machines and their interactions with humans. These interactions are already starting to take place, but what will change first and how does it impact our daily lives? What does this new world create in terms of communication opportunities?

As always, this riveting event will include audience participation. Bring your smartphone and get ready to voice your opinion.

GET YOUR TICKETS FOR: Human-Machine Interfaces & The Future of Interaction

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

5:30 - 8:30 PM

Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium

Tickets are just $10! PRESS ON with us during our last event of the 2017-2018 season!

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Meet the experts


Kat is the Founder of Kata and the Author of "Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design", which was published by MIT Press. Kat advises companies on inclusive design methods that she pioneered as Director of Inclusive Design at Microsoft. In 2017, Kat was named one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business. She led the development of the award-winning Inclusive Design Toolkit. This toolkit has earned awards from the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) and Fast Company's World Changing Ideas.


Trond is a scientist, engineer, game designer, teacher, writer, aspiring entrepreneur and a student of many things. He holds a PhD from the University of Washington, with research experience in augmented and virtual reality, human factors, software engineering, medical ontology, game design, educational technology, and data analytics. He is also the Director of Development at Virtual Therapeutics and Founder of the Seattle Immersive Tech Association.


Bob Rosner is the Chief Communications Officer at BuildingBits, a leading funding real estate platform based in Portland. His role as CCO is to define the brand voice, identify the target demographic and develop strategies to turn them into active customers of the brand, develop web content, write and produce company videos and provide content for social media posts and blogging. MILES COLEMAN

Miles studies the hidden persuasion of science and technology. Currently, he is writing a book, Arguing with Machines: Bots, Rhetoric, and The Ends of Automated Communication. His research has been published in Journal of Media Ethics, Review of Communication, Philosophy & Rhetoric, and Western Journal of Communication, among others.


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