Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things
Artificial Intelligence isn’t strictly the domain of companies like Netflix and Amazon anymore. AI is disrupting just about every industry says MIT researcher David Rose—from healthcare, to brick-and-mortar retail, to neighborhood security. Whatever your field, be it marketing, social enterprise, education, or government, Rose argues that everyone can and should prototype a multiplicity of futures using AI—before someone else does it for us.
AI’s power is exponential, and with it, our previously under-optimized human skills are too. David Rose, an MIT instructor, AI product designer, and tech entrepreneur says we need to think about it as a framework for the future—a flexible one that has the capacity to help us improve every aspect of life “the way spellcheck can help a writer.” In his vivid, forward-looking talks, Rose explains how AI can change the way we enhance the safety of our streets, or help people hear better without expensive hearing aids, or even how neural-networked cameras can help us better understand our customers’ needs. Rose is “on a mission to make technology dissolve into the fabric of daily living,” and as he shows audiences, AI is a new organizing principle, with the tools of design available to any who reach for it.
“Rose is an engaging, plain-spoken guide.”— The New York Times
Rose is a Senior Lecturer at MIT and author of Enchanted Objects, the preeminent book on the Internet of Things—the concept where everyday items are able to anticipate our needs, talk with each other, and make life simpler. Rose is currently the VP of Vision Technology at Warby Parker, where he’s spearheading their use of AI to make eye tests accurate, affordable, and accessible. A serial entrepreneur, Rose served as the CEO at Ditto Labs, and was founder and CEO at Vitality, a company that reinvented medication packaging that is now distributed by CVS and Walgreens. He also founded Ambient Devices, which embedded internet information in objects such as lamps, mirrors, and umbrellas. He holds patents for photo sharing, interactive TV, ambient information displays, and medical devices. His work has been featured at the MoMA, and covered in Wired, The Economist, and The Colbert Report.