Silence engagement

Zivvy Epstein


I am a PhD student in the MIT Media Lab, where I'm co-advised by David Rand and Sandy Pentland. My work integrates aspects of design and computational social science to understand and build cooperative systems. I focuses on new challenges and oppurtunities that emerge from a digital society, particularly in the domains of social media and artificial intelligence.

My research centers around creating new technologies and insights that make the internet a better place. Recently, this has manifested as design interventions to reduce misinformation on social media. I believe that many of the ills of social media and the modern web stem from myopic and profit-first design, which can be mitigated through awareness, cooperation and unorthodox experience design. Here are some selected papers:

But the epistemologies of quantitative research can only go so far. To explore these concepts through a more qualitative and playful lens, I also create digital art that has been showcased and covered at such venues as Ars Electronia, FastCo, MIT News and Digg.


Feed the Ganimals is a collaborative social experiment to discover new species, breed your own, and raise awareness about habitat destruction worldwide. The data you provide about the ganimals is their food. Using the feedback you provide, our GAN generates new ganimals by balancing unexplored features and features that worked well in previous ganimals. Thus, by providing feedback on newly discovered species, you can help guide the intelligent evolution of future generations for maximal resilience.

Discover your own AI generated animals and help them survive with your feedback!

Black Rock Atlas

A community-driven art project and research study exploring the patterns of cooperation at Burning Man.

Zenfeedis a extended intelligence tool that provides an alternative view into social media, turning it into a meditative experience.

Turn your social media feed into a mediative experience

Scissors Congruence

A web app that visualizes the famous algorithm in an intuitive and friendly way.

Untangling the knotty web of AI - A discursive theory about the network of human actors that constitute AI systems - and how perceptions of agency impact blame and praise in these systems.

A theory about the network of human actors that constitute AI systems - and how perceptions of agency impact blame and praise in these systems.

Wikipath

An application that finds shortest path between Wikipedia articles.

 

Big Mouth Billy Bass

Animatronic Billy Bass made with Processing, Arduino, and fresh pacific Tilapia.

The Mediasphere

An experimental planetarium show that synthesized live music, avant garde animation and other digital media