IAP: Data, Deception, and Design

Thursday, February 01, 2024 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Building 45, 8th Floor 51 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA 02139

Speakers: Arvind Satyanarayan (EECS, CSAIL) | Graham M. Jones (Anthropology) | Jeanette Andrews (magician, National Arts Club Artist Fellow)

What can the study of magic teach us about data-driven misinformation? In this one-of-a-kind workshop, attendees will explore how magicians have historically used the careful construction of narrative framing devices to shift perceived facts and how these concepts can be applied to data visualization. This session will begin with a presentation on visualizations, misinformation, and data literacy, followed by a discussion on framing devices used by magicians. Magician Jeannette Andrews will perform several pieces from her repertoires. The session will culminate in a hands-on workshop, where participants will explore how retelling of sensationalized information morphs across groups based on data labeling.

Part of the Expanding Horizons in Computing IAP series presented by the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing. See the full list of activities at computing.mit.edu/ExpandingHorizons.

Photo Credit: Michael George

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