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This is my second post in a series. This post focuses on Artificial Intelligence and Diversity. AI will and is impacting every part of our lives and an important topic to understand and discuss.

Artificial Intelligence and Diversity

Despite the potential economic and social benefits of Artificial Intelligence, it has a darker side. Some fear the future of automation and the elimination of jobs, while others fear the threat of “transhumanism” or a sci-fi vision of robot supremacy. But the real danger in artificial intelligence isn’t the threat of robot overlords — it’s AI’s lack of diversity.

As our world becomes more inextricably woven…


Defining Your Code in an AI Society

I’m often asked by students… “What do you know about artificial intelligence?” This is my first post in a series to share with you what I’ve learned about Artificial Intelligence. I wouldn’t call myself an expert so please, feel free to share your perspective and knowledge. I believe AI will and is impacting every part of our lives and an important topic to understand and discuss. Enjoy!

Many people think first of sci-fi movies when recalling their initial introduction to artificial intelligence. Total Recall introduced us to the concept of implanting false memories into our brains to experience the thrills…


Co-Writer & Imagine Lab Supervisor: Joshua Ramirez

Once a month, Imagine Moody comes together in the Imagine Lab to host the Imagine MeetUp, a conversation designed to engage UT students and faculty with topics around how certain industries are changing thanks to emerging technology. For the month of December, we wanted to close the semester on a lighthearted and captivating topic. It is a topic that is famous for its cameos in Hollywood blockbusters, known for their mistakes, and known by their colloquial names.


Co-Writer & Imagine Lab Supervisor: Joshua Ramirez

Once a month, Imagine Moody comes together in the Imagine Lab to host the Moody MeetUp, a conversation designed to engage UT students and faculty with topics around how certain industries are changing thanks to emerging technology. For the month of November, we wanted to focus on the enterprise and professional spaces, and how virtual and augmented reality may influence the future of employee training. To help demonstrate the use of these technologies, we invited Accomplice, an experimental design firm here in Austin, to bring their new and in-progress demos to our MeetUp!


Co-Writer & Imagine Lab Supervisor: Joshua Ramirez

Once a month, Imagine Moody comes together in the Imagine Lab to host the Moody MeetUp, a conversation designed to engage UT students and faculty with topics around how certain industries are changing thanks to emerging technology. For the month of October, we wanted to bring the subject of VR and AR to students in ways they may be more familiar with: entertainment.


Co-Writer & Imagine Lab Supervisor: Joshua Ramirez

Once a month, Imagine Moody comes together in the Imagine Lab to host the Moody MeetUp, a conversation designed to engage UT students and faculty with topics around how certain industries are changing thanks to emerging technology. With the advent of improved virtual and augmented reality, and this past September we chose to discuss how these platforms have influenced and accommodated today’s classrooms, and to think about how these new horizons may change the systems we are all most familiar with.


As we close and reflect on our accomplishments and events in 2019, I want to thank everyone who participated in making our first Digital Diversity Day at The Moody College of Communication a success, and share with you the much anticipated recap video!

Here are some key highlights at the event:

Winning team of Dell’s Project Innovate Pitch Competition: Bridge VR
  • Five finalists presented their pitches to promote diversity in technology at the Project Innovate Pitch Competition sponsored by DELL. The top three finalists were chosen following their presentation. In first place: Bridge VR by Johan Panicker, Corey Morgan, Hayeong Choi, Josh Ramirez, Orhiane Savarese. In second place: Roots by Jake Crabtree. …


Photo by NESA by Makers on Unsplash

It all starts with an idea. Whether your idea is just that — an idea — or a fully-realized concept that have ready for UT’s Student Pitch Competition sponsored by Dell’s Project Innovate, here are 6 tips to shaping your pitch idea to maximize its potential impact:

  1. Create an Innovative Product. Ask yourself — does the product make a unique contribution to the marketplace/ecosystem? Leverage whether you have adequately identified and differentiated your idea from competitors.
  2. Check the Viability of Your Product. Do you clearly identify the steps required to bring the product to market (and the associated financial needs)…


Media ATX is a group devoted to stewardship of the Austin media scene. Their mission is to get different creative communities and media industry sectors working together for the purpose of spurring economic development.

Recently, we had an opportunity to interview Joshua Rubin, founder of the organization, and asked him a couple short questions about entrepreneurship, creativity, his initiative, and its innovative founder:


By Erin Reilly

Powerful female voices (and Mark!) creating solutions regarding the gaps in Artificial Intelligence at WVU’s Diversifying Artificial Intelligence Hackathon.

Like a lot of people, I’ve always been obsessed with sci-fi movies. For many of us, it’s our first introduction to Artificial Intelligence. Total Recall introduced us to implanting false memories to experience thrills of people or places we dared not venture, and today, we have VR that allows us to do just that, minus the memory implants. Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation, a self-aware, fully functional android who struggled to understand human behavior and the idiosyncrasies of it, informed us that Artificial Intelligence is always wanting to improve its knowledge and better understand how…

Erin Reilly

Erin Reilly is a consultant helping others to understand and strategize about storytelling, engagement, play and learning through emergent technology.

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