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Rocklin Bootcamps — AI: Building Interfaces for the Future – Now

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Imagine an interface that is somewhere between Mr. Scott talking to his computer on Start Trek, and the automated, self-driving car of the future.  Who is going to design it?  How is it going to operate?  How will you feel when you interact with it?  What are you going to use to design and implement it?

This hands on workshop is for making smart experiences using modern design thinking and new open source hardware and Adobe software. Rapid prototyping, iterative making and user testing are used to generate great new ideas, and then are tested on real people to see what works best.  Best of all, if you are a designer, coding is not required.  For those with technical skills, you will have the opportunity to do some coding with these new interfaces and work with advanced api’s.

Students can work in teams or on their own, and a $500 prize will be awarded to the best project. Short viral videos will be made for each project, and the winner is determined by online response.

The students will go through an initial short set of mini exercises in class to learn about design thinking, and key ai topics, and then execute on their own projects.


USE AI TO BUILD the Smartest Things In the Room

This workshop is for anyone that wants to learn about AI and wants to make a project using this new technology.

We’ll be using Adobe products to design smart characters, so you don’t have to code.

If you code, we’ll be connecting some new open source smart hardware to online ai api’s to create smart experiences.  Javascript is the most common language in this space, but there are many others you can use as well.  You’ll learn about state of the art cloud ai services.

If you’re interested in design and entepreneuship, the core of this workshop is to generate interesting ideas, rapid prototype them, and test on real people.

We video your projects being tested on real people, and post  the videos on social media to promote your idea and see what the most popular projects are.  The website for the class is http://stir.ai



August 16,17, 23, 30, 31, Sep 6, 7, 2017
Wed & Thu, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Where: Hacker Lab in Rocklin, 4415 Granite Dr, Sacramento, CA

Cost: $250

Special Note to HackerLab Resident Members:  Unlike core HackerLab classes, members receive 50% discount on bootcamps. For Resident Members only (please use appropriately – we will be checking), use discount code ‘bootcamps2017’.  Sierra College and other students, we are offering a 50% student discount. Please use discount code ‘aiseries2017’.

About the Instructor

Brian Kane is a designer and artist currently living in Petaluma, CA. He received a BFA in Painting from RISD in 1987, where he taught from  2012 through 2017. For 30 years, his sculpture, interactive, and video work has shown internationally in museums and galleries, and  Kane’s pioneering real time video sampling techniques have influenced a  generation of media artists. He’s been a creative director in the online  gaming industry and a usability and user experience consultant for the  financial and e-commerce industries.

Recent  exhibitions include Nuit Blanche, Toronto, MACBA, Barcelona, HDADD+, MFA  Boston, #11.Art, Museo Nacional do Complexo Cultural da Republica,  Brazil, Memery, MASS MoCA, People in Space, Shanghai World Expo, Late at Tate, Tate Britain, Big Chill, U.K., MediaLive, Boulder MoCA, and a 2010 solo show at Murphy and Dine, New York, NY.  Brian’s also the guy  that hacked Alexa into a Big Mouth Billy Bass.  You get 50 extra points for reading this far.

Google Brian Kane, or check out http://briankane.net