9/11 and The Weight of Data

Jer Thorp (New York University)
Keynote
Location: Sutton Parlors
Average rating: ****.
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Almost every piece of data is tethered to something in the real world. When we work with numbers, we are often able (and willing) to ignore the real world objects and systems that these numbers represent.

In this presentation, Jer Thorp will discuss his work with names—designing an arrangement algorithm for the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan. He’ll walk through collaborative processes, admit to a series of failures and ultimately show how humans and software can combine to solve extraordinary problems.

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Jer Thorp

New York University

New York-based artist and educator Jer Thorp is an adjunct professor in New York University’s ITP program and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Network on AI, IoT, and the Future of Trust. Previously, Jer ran the Office for Creative Research, a multidisciplinary research group exploring new modes of engagement with data, and served as the data artist in residence at the New York Times. Jer is a former geneticist, and his digital art practice explores the many-folded boundaries between science and art. Jer’s award-winning software-based work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia, North America, and South America, including in the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, and has recently been featured by the Guardian, Scientific American, the New Yorker, and Popular Science. Jer is a National Geographic fellow and 2015 was named by Canadian Geographic as one of Canada’s greatest explorers.

Sponsors

  • Aster Data
  • EMC Greenplum
  • GE
  • Lexis Nexis
  • MarkLogic
  • Tableau Software
  • Cloudera
  • DataStax
  • Informatica
  • DataSift
  • Splunk
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Datameer
  • Impetus
  • Karmasphere
  • MapR Technologies
  • Pervasive
  • Platform Computing
  • Revolution Analytics
  • Sybase
  • Xeround
  • Media-Science
  • Platfora

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