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Human-Machine Interfaces & The Future of Interaction

As the Spring session of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest comes to a close, we thought it was only appropriate to consider the human and 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?

Of course, this event will also include audience interaction–bring your smartphone and get ready to voice your opinion.


Kat Holmes

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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‚Äôs 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 Nilsen

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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 Assn

Miles Coleman

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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.

Bob Rosner

Our moderator for the evening will be best-selling author, award-winning journalist and national TV contributor for the Today Show, CBS This Morning and CNBC, Bob Rosner. In addition to local work with KING, Q13 and KOMO, he has been a consultant and board member of a variety of nonprofit organizations including ACT Theater, the Rotary Club of Seattle and Ryther.