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The human algorithm

AI & INNOVATION

June 26, 2024
10:30 - 11:15A PST

The human algorithm

10:35 - 10:55A

A new opportunity to make great software

10:55 - 11:15A

Defining the relationship (between humans and AI)

10:35 - 10:55A

A new opportunity to make great software

Today, technological development is outpacing our ability to apply it thoughtfully. While AI gives us the opportunity to reconsider everything from how we work to what solutions we pursue, we have to remember that technology is not useful on its own. It needs to be applied to real problems, wrapped in brand and storytelling, and fit into peoples' lives. How should designers think about AI? How can we embrace all the change and focus on putting valuable software into the world? Henry will share his observations from building Perplexity.

Henry Modisett

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Head of Design at perplexity.ai

Henry Modisett is a designer and engineer who is determined to put useful software into the world. Through Perplexity he works to advance the ways in which people obtain and share information. He leads the Perplexity design team which does product design, brand/marketing design, video production, and UI engineering. Previously he worked on Quora, Gmail, and a variety of failed startups.

10:55 - 11:15A

Defining the relationship (between humans and AI)

We're close to a sci-fi future of AI-powered products that meld seamlessly into our lives - but to operate at peak performance, these systems need to truly know their users. How should we think about designing systems that grow to understand us? Sam and Jason talk through a few core principles they've adhered to while building Dot.

Sam Whitmore

Co-founder & CEO at New Computer

Sam is co-founder & CEO of New Computer, a startup reimagining personalized computing for consumers in the age of AI. Formerly, she was Head of Engineering at Kensho, a company which used early NLP techniques to organize information for financial clients, including Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and JP Morgan Chase. Kensho was acquired in 2018 by S&P Global for $550mm, at the time the largest Al acquisition in history.

Jason Yuan

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Chief Design Officer at New Computer

Co-founder and Chief Design Officer of New Computer. Former member of Apple Design Team where he worked on the future of intelligent, expressive computing. Founder and co-inventor of MakeSpace (now known as Sprout), a multi-player-first telepresence platform. Creator of mercuryos.com and helped pioneer ideas in generative UI. As a designer, worked with clients like Klim Type Foundry, Blackpink, Chanel, Vogue, Jackson Wang, The MET Gala, Nike, Christina Aguilera, FKA Twigs and The Weeknd.