How do our own biases seep into A.I. algorithms? Discuss artificial intelligence, human perception, and the future of design with immersive filmmaker Karen Palmer and social psychologist Emily Balcetis. A.I. is everywhere—in our phones, streaming entertainment services, and email grammar checkers. A.I. systems are tainted by human bias. What happens when A.I. seeks to quantify our emotions and predict our actions? Palmer is the creator of the acclaimed interactive film RIOT and a new project, Perception iO, created for Cooper Hewitt’s exhibition Face Values: Exploring Artificial Intelligence. Balcetis is Associate Professor of Psychology at NYU. The event is moderated by Carolyn Royston, Chief Experience Officer at Cooper Hewitt.

Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.

Presentations + Panel Discussion from 7:00 p.m. – 800 p.m.


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Karen Palmer is a London-based digital filmmaker and storyteller, whose immersive films combine the genres of film, gaming, art, science and technology. Her work has been honored as part of the Digital Dozen Break Throughs in Storytelling 2016, and exhibited at the V&A Museum London, Museum of Modern Art Peru, The Future of Storytelling Festival NY and The Festival of the Mind Sheffield.


Emily Balcetis is an associate professor of psychology at New York University. She received her PhD from Cornell University in 2006, and is the author of more than seventy scientific publications. Her forthcoming book, Clearer, Closer, Better: How Successful People See the World, presents evidence-based strategies to change perception and the likelihood of meeting personal goals. She currently serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Social and Personality Psychology, and her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation.

Carolyn Royston

Carolyn Royston is the Chief Experience Officer at Cooper Hewitt, a new role which aims to seamlessly weave the digital and the physical experience at Cooper Hewitt. She oversees both the Digital and Emerging Media, Visitor Experience and Operations teams to push forward the pioneering interactive experience and create an holistic and integrated visitor experience.


Process Lab is made possible by major support from Alice Gottesman.