TECH 2025 Movie Night: Google’s “AlphaGo,” the Rise of Affective Computing, and the Psychotrauma of Being Defeated by AI

Film Screening, Presentation & Discussion 

"The wise corporate leader will realize that post-technology trauma falls along two lines: (1) how to integrate the new technology into the work flow, and (2) how to cope with feelings that the new technology is somehow “the enemy.” Without dealing with both, even the most automated workplace could easily have undercurrents of anxiety, if not anger." -- Joseph Pistrui (HBR)

Our goal in this event is to explore the fragility of the human ego and the complicated emotions we experience when faced with being defeated or replaced by machines, and the potential for using Affective Computing (or "emotional AI") to help us address this rising social phenomenon. Affective Computing, originally defined by Rosalind Picard in her 1995 research paper, is human-computer interaction where a device or algorithm has the ability to detect, interpret and appropriately respond to its user's emotions.

As algorithms take over more of our decision-making, cognitive functions and jobs, people will increasingly struggle to accept the fact that the jobs and decision-making skills they once prided themselves on in successful, long-term careers, will be done by machines faster, more efficiently and, ultimately, without our input. Are we prepared for the inevitable psychological and emotional fallout from being bested or replaced by machines? How should companies help employees deal with profoundly negative emotions (anger, fear, sadness, disgust) that will arise as machines move into the workplace? And, using Affective Computing, can the very AI that will replace potentially millions of people in the workforce also help them to cope with the psychotrauma of this coming, uncomfortable transition?

JOIN US as we watch Lee Sedol (legendary Go Champion with 18 world titles) crumble under the weight of this very experience in the critically acclaimed documentary AlphaGo (2017). The screening will be followed by a special presentation and interactive discussion with guest speaker Carl Carrie (a leader in Institutional Trading businesses having held senior roles straddling Strategy, Product, Sales, and Technology at Bloomberg, Barclay's, Lehman Brothers, and JP Morgan) who will give us an overview of the history of Affective Computing, the companies and startups that are currently tackling this relatively new field, and its potential to change how human beings and machines interact in profound ways.

"Emotions are at the heart of the human experience. Before there was technology, before there was even language, our emotions played crucial roles in communication, social bonding, and our decision making. Today, emotions remain at the core of who we are and how we communicateScience and business of emotional computing is a fast-growing multi-billion-dollar industry. The field plagued with ethical and privacy issues has a sordid past and a promising future. Affective Computing, a recently coined term will disrupt many industries including Smartphones, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Security, Health Care as well as Virtual Reality (VR) and Robotics industries in a dramatic way over the next decade. There is a coterie of startups that will help lead the way." -- Carl Carrie (On Affective Computing: Past Imperfect, Future Impactful)

About AlphaGo

With more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe, the ancient Chinese game of Go has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial intelligence. On March 9, 2016, the worlds of Go and artificial intelligence collided in South Korea for an extraordinary best-of-five-game competition, coined The DeepMind Challenge Match. Hundreds of millions of people around the world watched as a legendary Go master took on an unproven AI challenger for the first time in history.

Directed by Greg Kohs with an original score by Academy Award nominee, Hauschka, AlphaGo chronicles a journey from the halls of Oxford, through the backstreets of Bordeaux, past the coding terminals of Google DeepMind in London, and ultimately, to the seven-day tournament in Seoul. As the drama unfolds, more questions emerge: What can artificial intelligence reveal about a 3000-year-old game? What can it teach us about humanity?

  • excellent and surprisingly touching documentary about one of the great recent triumphs of artificial intelligence” -- BBC, October, 2017
  • A new documentary sheds light on an overlooked truth behind man versus machine competitions” -- CNN, September, 2017
  • "Raises philosophical questions about the relationship between man and intelligent machines" -- Film Journal International

About Carl Carrie

Carl is a leader in Institutional Trading businesses having held senior roles straddling Strategy, Product, Sales, and Technology. Known as a confident leader and strategist who can drive culture, change and commercial success at financial institutions including Bloomberg, Barclay's Investment Bank, Lehman Brothers, and JP Morgan.

He is an accomplished innovator and leader with multiple software patents and a track record of novel and successful product developments and acquisitions. Frequently spearheaded business growth with technology innovations coupled with re-engineered business strategies. His areas of expertise include:

Trading • Equities and Fixed Income Cash and Derivatives
Product Management • Trading • OMS
Equities Cash and Derivatives • Income • Commodities
Analytics • Time Series • Machine Learning • Data Science

He's experienced as a Developer with extensive Data Center and Infrastructure experience. Earlier in his career coded in C++, Java and some R with strong trading, risk and time series applications experience. Connect with Carl:  Twitter: @carlcarrie  /  LinkedIn:

Event Agenda: 

The Think Tank will start promptly at 6:15pm. We do not allow any recording of our events except by our staff. Light food and beverages will be served.

  • 6PM - 6:15PM: sign in, networking, light food and drinks served
  • 6:15PM - 7:30PM: film screening
  • 7:30PM - 7:45PM: Carl Carrie's presentation on Affective Computing
  • 7:45PM - 8:15PM: Interactive, problem-solving Think Tank
  • 8:15PM - 8:30PM: Q&A and then it's a wrap!

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Start Time

6:00 pm

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Finish Time

8:30 pm

Thursday, March 1, 2018


Infinito Gallery, 79 Leonard Street, NY, NY 10013

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