Talking Fish

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Alexa, why is my 70's Billy Bass fish talking to me in your voice? Hear the backstory about how and why an Alexa talking fish was made as part of a class curriculum, why it went viral, and the design thinking behind its creation.  Artificial Intelligence is an exciting new technology - we'll explore how to create new experiences for people using design and AI.

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Brian Kane is an artist, designer and educator living in Petaluma, CA. He received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1987, where he taught Industrial Design, Apparel, and Film/Video from 2011 through 2019. For 30 years, his interactive works have 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 gaming industry and a UX consultant for the financial and e-commerce industries. Previously, Brian worked as designer and researcher for the holography and entertainment industries. In 2016, Brian started the first AI Design course at RISD. One of his class prototypes caught the attention of the internet, and was featured internationally on the Discovery Channel as well as the Science Channel. Recent exhibitions include Splice London, Nuit Blanche Toronto, MACBA Barcelona, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The National Museum of Art Brazil, Memery, MASS MoCA, Shanghai World Expo, Tate Britain, Big Chill U.K., and a 2010 solo show at Murphy and Dine in New York City. His work has also been featured on CBS News, MTV, U2's ZooTV Tour, The Late Night Show with Jay Leno, ABC Australia, Good Morning America, and the Jimmy Kimmel Show. His website is

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