With the development of technology and democratization, the boundary between expression and research has become ambiguous. In the brackish water area, an unknown expression that has never been seen before is born. It is sometimes strong, beautiful, and gives a tremendous shaking to the heart, bringing new perspectives and feelings. “Creative Aliens” is an event that updates creators, artists, and researchers with ideas, ideas, and ways of making ideas through talks, discussions, and workshops that change the common sense of the past. The first theme is “AI”. AI invites people who are doing manufacturing and research that have never existed before. Please join us.


David Ha / hardmaru 
Research Scientist at Google Brain Tokyo
David is a Research Scientist at Google Brain. His research interests include representation learning, artificial creativity, and evolutionary computing. Prior to joining Google, He worked at Goldman Sachs as a Managing Director, where he ran the fixed-income trading business in Japan. He obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees in Engineering Science and Applied Math from the University of Toronto.
Gene Kogan
Artist / Programmer
Interested in autonomous systems, collective intelligence, generative art and computer science, Gene Kogan is an artist and programmer who codes, gives talks, teaches workshops, writes essays and occasionally curates and organizes. He is also interested in advancing scientific literacy through creativity and play, as well as building educational spaces which are as open and accessible as possible. Currently, Gene is leading an open project to create an autonomous artificial artist, compiling a free educational toolkit on machine learning for art, advising at Runway ML, teaching at NYU, and is organizing something fun in the desert.
Nao Tokui
CEO of Qosmo / Associate Professor at Keio University / Dentsu Craft Tokyo, Head of Technology
Born in 1976 in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Tokui received his Ph.D. from The University of Tokyo, on his researches on Human-Computer Interaction using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance human creativity. After pursuing his research and creative interest at several research institutes in Japan and Europe, Tokui founded Qosmo in 2009. With the motto, "Computational Creativity and Beyond," Qosmo became a unique creative studio focusing on the application of AI in the creative field. Tokui, himself, has been exploring the potential expansion of creativity through the symbiosis between AI and humans. His recent works include a music video of a song by Brian Eno, using AI. In addition, Tokui has continued to present live performances titled AI DJ Project in Japan and overseas. These performances feature an AI DJ playing alongside a human DJ (Tokui, himself), taking turns selecting and playing one song at a time. In April 2019, he started his professorship at Keio University and founded Computational Creativity Lab to advance his practices in research and educational environment as well.
Tom White
Artist / Researcher
Tom White has been working with AI and drawing systems for 25 years. His early work on drawing frameworks at MIT led to influential toolkits that are still popular today - such as Processing and openFrameworks. He is a senior lecturer in computational design at Victoria University of Wellington School of Design, where he teaching creative coding and researches creative applications of modern AI techniques. Tom’s artwork focuses on how machines see the world. Neural networks use a specially constructed drawing system to produce abstract ink prints that reveal their visual concepts. Surprisingly, these prints are recognised not only by the neural networks that created them, but also universally across most AI systems.


Day 1
Thu, Oct 10, 2019
Talk Session
MC: Arina Tsukada
TALK 1: David Ha / hardmaru
TALK 2: Tom White
TALK 3: Nao Tokui
TALK 4: Gene Kogan
* For more details of each session, please visit the TECH PLAY event page.
@dentsu Hall
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Day 2
Fri, Oct 11, 2019
We invite Gene Kogan, who teaches at New York University, to conduct a creative coding workshop using machine learning and deep learning. This workshop focuses on deep learning art and design applications, including generation models, real-time tracking, and interactive features. It will be easy for beginners to use Runway ML, ml5.js. Please apply by all means.
Instructor: Gene Kogan
* For more details of the workshop, please visit the TECH PLAY event page.
@Dentsu Craft Tokyo
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* The visuals on this site are also experimenting with AI. The concept is “reproduction of design”. Based on a simple model that predicts RGB color values of a specific image from x and y coordinates, a part of the trained model is intentionally invalidated. Although it is based on the pattern of the original image, it creates a completely new visual design like an abstract painting. Input images are undesigned images such as streets full of billboards and weekly magazines full of letters. An example of a new design approach by AI and humans.
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