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Monday, March 10 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The New Age of Technology Enhanced Intimacy

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As the technology becomes a natural augmentation of our physical relationships, virtual interactions are becoming less of a substitute for physical proximity and rather a mechanism to extend and augment intimacy (play/engagement/closeness) between humans and machines.
Humans are drawn to create and sustain intimate connections with each other. This goes beyond a partner sex bond and includes close friends, family and work colleagues. Technology will increasingly facilitate and strengthen these deep human emotional bonds.
These deep intimate connections are not limited to human to human subjects. Technology will also facilitate deep connection with machines, computers, devices and sensors embedded in our world.

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Zahra Ebrahim

PrincipalarchiTEXTZahra Ebrahim is the Founder and Principal of the design think tank and creative agency, archiTEXT. Born in Kenya, raised in Vancouver, and educated at McGill University in Montreal, she started archiTEXT at 22 years old as a place to bring together diverse groups... Read More →
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Carl Hastrich

FellowBiomimicry InstituteCarl Hastrich is a Biomimicry Fellow and Associate Professor at OCAD University, developing biomimicry courses with Bruce Hinds which included research for Herman Miller and Autodesk, while teaching in the Industrial Design program. Hastrich was trained at... Read More →
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Karen Oikonen

Research & DesignKerr Smith DesignThe recipient of both national and international design awards, Karen has over 18 years of experience in art direction and graphic design. Passionate about the art of design and committed to best practices, she has earned a reputation amongst peers... Read More →
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Heather Schlegel

Innovation ConsultantThe Purple TornadoHeather Schlegel is a futurist, technologist, and cacophonist. Schlegel started in Silicon Valley in 1996, helping to build and launch over 50 Internet products at over 30 startups. Her academic research focuses on the future of transactions... Read More →

Monday March 10, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Radisson Town Lake, Riverside Ballroom

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