A Robotics Explanation of Cross-cultural Communication

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This session is geared towards technical people interested in gaining stronger cross-cultural communication skills. Robots can serve are great analogies to explain how culture and gender influence everything we do as humans. From the different cultural programs we acquire growing up, to the "patches" and/or "hardware changes" we make as adults, our actions, communications and lifestyles are heavily influenced by hidden commands operating in the brain's operating system. Not surprisingly, cross-cultural challenges occur when bridges do not exist between different OS systems or malware is introduced. Using the work of anthropologist Edward T Hall as a foundation, participants will gain cross-cultural communication skills to more effectively communicate with people different than themselves, and develop deeper empathy that allows for greater understanding of human softwares.

A Robotics Explanation of Cross-cultural Communication
Presenter/s Bryan Nunez, Vivian
Bio/s Bryan Nuñez is a program officer with the Open Society Human Rights Initiative. His work focuses on technology and human rights. A technologist who has spent over 10 years working on technologies for human rights and social change, Nuñez was previously a member of the Guardian Project, an open-source mobile-security software organization. Prior to that, he was the head of technology at WITNESS, where he worked on the first online human rights video platform, as well as mobile tools for collecting visual human rights documentation. He has also trained human rights defenders on digital and mobile security, and consulted for various organizations on technology and digital security strategy. Nuñez is an alumnus of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He holds an undergraduate degree in anthropology from University of California, Berkeley.
Language English

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