Less Than Human

Less Than Human

This film is the story of modern-day slavery, and how globalised markets are fueling human rights abuses not seen since the 19th century days of chattel slaves. A partially reconstructed animated documentary and interactive virtual reality (VR) computer game. Globalization drives modern-day slavery; a migrant to Thailand is trafficked and sold to the sea as a slave. This groundbreaking and immersive, interactive journey is at the crossroads of storytelling, journalism and the mechanics of experimental games.

Writer & Director: Chris Kelly
Producer: Debra Anderson
A Little Ease Films LTD / Zanzibar Films Production / Culture Shock LLC
Email debra [a] cultureshockny.com for further information.

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Hugh McGrory: An Emphormatic Approach to Employment

By Hugh McGrory, Chief Innovation Officer, CultureShock
Comment from i4j DC

Current strategies and processes around employment (and education) are heavily skewed in favor of logical, mathematical and linguistic capabilities to the detriment of other awarenesses: musical/rhythmic, visual/spatial, bodily/kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalistic. Whether we see these as distinct types of intelligence or as abilities and aptitudes that constitute subsets of general intelligence is not of vital importance. The fact is that different people have different learning styles and that different jobs value certain qualities more than others.

The problem with a purely Informatics approach is that it places emphasis on things that machines are already better at than humans while at the same time ignoring the full complexity of human ability. A key element of this complexity is Empathy. Empathy is the cornerstone of emotional intelligence. Machines and algorithms are very bad at understanding this. That is because of how we have constructed them to date; it’s easier to build a computer program for concrete tasks like data analysis than to write code for abstract sentiments like compassion. Read more.

Classic Specs Profiles Chief Innovation Officer Hugh McGrory

Classic Specs Profiles Chief Innovation Officer Hugh McGrory

Classic Specs – a Brooklyn born company (also our neighbors on North 3rd and Wythe Ave in Williamsburg) committed to creating beautiful, affordable eyewear, interviewed Hugh McGrory, Chief Innovation Officer, Culture Shock, for their Classic Stories: An Exploraton of Creativity series. An exploration of the lives of creative and passionate artist, makers, thinkers and entreprenuerial customers that make up the Classic Specs community.

Hugh shares his perspective on Innovation, future technologies and developing projects like Oculus Rift and how he’s helping to look at problems in a new way and drive innovation. Read his story here.

 

Culture Shock Invited to i4JDC Innovation for Jobs Summit

Culture Shock Invited to i4JDC Innovation for Jobs Summit

Culture Shock has been invited to attend i4JDC the Innovation for Jobs Summit, “How To Disrupt Unemployment” in Washington DC on October 13-14 at the National Academy of Sciences. This invitation-only Summit is hosted by Vint Cerf (VP Google) recognized as one of “the fathers of the Internet” and David Nordfors (President and co-founder of IIIJ), previously co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Communication at Stanford University 2004-2011. The i4j Summit brings leaders from policy, business, education, arts and media, mixing expertise in innovation, jobs and education. Read some provocative thoughts on the topic here.

New Innovation Lab Launch: The PeaceTechLab

We are pleased to announce the formal launch of the Peacebuilding and Technology Laboratory (PeaceTechLab), a laboratory that will explore how technology can be used to enhance peacebuilding. PeaceTechLab is the first in a series of new Culture Shock Innovation Lab inititaives.

On September 19 The International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, in partnership with New York based Culture Shock, The Nerve Centre in Derry, The Young Foundation, The Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political Studies in the Basque Country and Scensei in Washington, launched the Peacebuilding and Technology Laboratory (The PeaceTechLab).

The main goal of the laboratory is to explore how technology can be used to enhance the peacebuilding. Technology has also been used for conflict, but how could we use it to drive peace? INCORE, Culture Shock and the local and global partners of this project will look at the problem of peace, find answers to this issue and see how media can positively impact the field of conflict resolution. The international program, conceived by Culture Shock in partnership with INCORE, is designed to bring a community of peacebuilders together with creative technologists, storytellers, strategists and makers, to try to make a lasting and plausible social impact, by developing free, technology enabled tools for use in societies emerging from armed conflict.

We will look at Big Data, digital social networks, digital monitoring, computer gaming, archiving, storytelling, peace education and campaigning as powerful transformation tools in the areas of conflict.  The formal launch event of the PeaceTechLab was presented by CultureTech Festival in Derry, N. Ireland and the lab will be based in the MIT FabLab at the Nerve Centre.  The first meeting of creatives and peacebuilders is scheduled for December 4-5, 2014.

 

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Culture Shock Invited as Guest Speakers at Hunter College

Culture Shock Invited as Guest Speakers at Hunter College

Culture Shock CEO Debra Anderson and Chief Innovation Officer Hugh McGrory have been invited to be guest speakers at Hunter College this fall to present a module for Visual Arts and Sciences: Understanding Creativity. We will present on data visualization, art, science and the tools and methodologies that have shaped the disciplines. The course will offer students an overview of psychological, sociological and neurological underpinnings to creative output and interpretations.