Empathy, Bots, & the Future of AI

For the first time in history, Artificial Intelligence has moved from the pages of science fiction to a reality in our everyday lives. From how we cure diseases to what we see on our social media feeds to how we drive our cars, AI will define more and more of how we think, feel and act. What does this mean for us as a civilization? Where is AI going? And what is our role in designing that future?

Join us for a lively evening of talks by industry experts from Google, Amazon and others on the topic of AI. Talks will be interspersed with artists performances.

Drinks and light food will be provided. All proceeds will be donated to the artists.


Anima Anandkumar.
Principal Scientist Amazon AI & Bren Professor CalTech.
Anima is a pioneer in the field of machine learning. Her research spans both theoretical and practical aspects of large-scale deep learning and she has spearheaded projects with Amazon Web Services as well as part of her fellowed professorship with CalTech.

Josh Lovejoy
Lead UX for People + AI Research (PAIR), Google
Josh is a leader in the artificial intelligence realm, with work across design, technology, and social impact. Having worked across the intersections of product design and ethics he is on a mission to bring deep humanity to AI. He drives this ethos forward as the head of UX for People + AI Research (PAIR), a Google initiative to conduct fundamental research, invent new technology, and create frameworks for design in order to drive a humanistic approach to artificial intelligence.

Brian David Johnson.
Renowned futurist, technologist, and science-fiction author.
Brian was Intel’s first Futurist and in 2016 became ASU’s Futurist in Residence at the Center for Science and Imagination. He has over 30 patents and is the author of a number of books including his most recent book WaR: Wizards and Robots, co-authored with will.i.am.

Crystal Rutland.
CEO and Founder, Particle Design.
Crystal heads a user-experience design agency that creates future-facing experiences for global brands including Intel, Samsung, Jaguar Land Rover and Virgin Hyperloop One. For the last 15 years, she has centered her work on the power of empathy in meaningful technology design.


Sarah Brahim is a movement artist. She will be joined by guitarist Brett Van Patten of the local band Tribe Mars.

Sunbathe is the bright, dreamy, country pop of singer-songwriter Maggie May Morris. Recently listed in Willamette Week’s 2018 Best Band of Portland.

Olivia Olivia is a Salvadoran-American writer & poet. She is author of “No One Remembered Your Name But I Wrote It Down” (Impossible Wings, 2015).

David Laubenthal is the Creative Director of OMSI and a renowned sculptor. On display at the event will be his interactive light clouds exhibit featured at Portland Light Festival.

  • Wednesday, April 18

    5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Event Organizer

Particle Design

Particle is a global digital design studio creating innovative products for Intel, Jaguar Land Rover, Samsung, Virgin HyperloopOne & others.