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Turning the Tables: AI, Disability and Other Demons in Art and Design

  • CCA IxD MDES Studio 1111 8th Street San Francisco, CA, 94107 United States (map)

About the Talk

In this collaborative discussion with participants, Gershoni and Goldberg will challenge common myths such as the threat that artificial intelligence will steal our jobs or that dyslexia is a debilitating mental limitation. We’ll collectively share stories and explore how these and other dangers can be turned into advantages for artists and designers.

About Ken and Gil

Ken Goldberg, Prof. of Engineering, UC Berkeley
Gil Gershoni, Founder/Creative Director, Gershoni Creative

Gil Gershoni is the founder and creative director of Gershoni Creative Agency in San Francisco and Dallas. He’s spent 20 years working with clients like Google, Apple, Deloitte, Patrón, San Francisco Art Institute, Umpqua Bank, BBC and Nike, and his work has been featured at the Whitney Biennial, Sundance Film Festival and the Contemporary Jewish Museum. He also serves as a senior advisor to UC Berkeley’s Center for New Media and frequently consults with national design schools on design and new media curriculum. Gil is a passionate advocate for the reframing of dyslexia as a hyperability and regularly shares his thoughts on neurodiversity’s effect on design thinking with audiences around the country, including SXSW. For more information on Gil and Gershoni Creative Agency, visit


Ken Goldberg is an artist and professor at UC Berkeley. Ken is a pioneer in internet-based robotic telepresence and Cloud-Based Robotics/Automation and has published over 200 peer-reviewed technical papers on algorithms for robotics, automation, and social information filtering; his inventions have been awarded eight US Patents. He is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), Co-Founder of the African Robotics Network (AFRON), Co-Founder of the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM), Co-Founder and CTO of Hybrid Wisdom Labs, Co-Founder of the Moxie Institute, and Founding Director of UC Berkeley's Art, Technology, and Culture Lecture Series which has hosted over 150 presentations by artists and curators. Ken's artwork has been exhibited at Ars Electronica, ZKM, Centre Pompidou, ICC Biennale, Kwangju Biennale, Artists Space, The Kitchen, and the Whitney Biennial. For details on research and art, please visit:

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