The Faculty of Arts acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our actions toward reconciliation take place through our research, teaching, learning, and community events, with guidance from the University’s Indigenous Initiatives Office.
The 2019 Jarislowsky Fellows, David Jones and Mimi Onuoha, are going to lead ARTS 490 The Social and Political Implications of Artificial Intelligence in Winter 2019! Third- and fourth-year undergraduates from ANY faculty or affiliated college can apply for the seminar course!
David Jones is an Executive Producer and Principal Program Manager on Microsoft’s Envisioning Team. He explores how new technologies will impact the way we live and work in 5-10 years and brings ideas to life through experiential prototypes and video.
A 25+ year veteran of the computer industry, David has a rich background in strategic foresight, human-centered design, and product development. His past projects include Microsoft Excel, the Tablet PC, and Microsoft’s Envisioning Center.
Outside of work, David works with non-profits in the arts, education, and human rights spaces to leverage technology for social impact. He’s also a certified Alpine ski instructor.
David is originally from Montreal, Quebec and holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He lives with his wife and daughter in Bellevue, Washington.
Mimi Onuoha is a Nigerian-American, Brooklyn-based media artist and researcher. Her work uses code, writing, interventions, and objects to explore missing data, AI-based technologies and the ways in which people are abstracted, represented, and classified.
Mimi has been in residence at Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, Studio XX, the Data & Society Research Institute, Columbia University’s Tow Center, and the Royal College of Art. In 2014 she was selected to be in the inaugural class of Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows.
Mimi earned her MPS from NYU Tisch’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she is currently a Researcher. In fall 2017 she was a visiting faculty member at Bennington College, and most recently has been named the 2018-19 Creative-in-Residence at Olin College for Engineering.
Applications for ARTS 490 Social and Political Implications of Artificial Intelligence are now open. Submit your application today!