About this Event
Co-presented by ZYZZYVA and Goethe-Institut San Francisco
Tech and the literary world converge as ZYZZYVA Editor-in-Chief Oscar Villalon moderates a panel of Silicon Valley technologists and authors on how AI will change our writing process. Would literature and writers be automated, or will AI mainly be an assistive tool? What issues are present in both the training and use of AI in writing? With Raiya Kind (Google), Jessica Powell (Audioshake), author Ryan Sloan, and James Yu (Sudowrite). FREE, $10-15 suggested donation
Raiya Kind works at the intersection of language, consciousness, and AI. Weaving cognitive linguistics and cultural theory into Natural Language Understanding and Machine Learning, her research and career have spanned the University of Oxford, Google, IV.AI, rather insightful side quests into hedge funds and deep tech, as well as personal entrepreneurial escapades. Her current work in Intentional AI and AI narrative considers how this technological paradigm shift threads into the tapestry of humanity.
Jessica Powell is the author of The Big Disruption: A Totally Fictional but Essentially True Silicon Valley Story, and is the former Vice President of Communications for Google. Her short stories have been published in The New York Times, VICE, Alaska Quarterly Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She is also the co-founder and CEO of Audioshake, an AI startup that builds sound separation software to make audio more accessible and interactive.
Ryan Sloan is a novelist and essayist. He teaches writing at the University of California, Berkeley. A graduate of New York University’s fiction MFA program, his work is published or forthcoming in LA Weekly, Joyland Magazine, Opium Magazine, The Modern Spectator and Painted Bride Quarterly, among other publications. Residencies include the 2021 Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference, the 2021 Tin House Winter Workshop, the 2019 Lit Camp Writers’ Conference and the 2019 Arctic Circle Residency on the Summer Solstice Expedition. He lives in Oakland.
James Yu spends his time writing speculative fiction, advising and investing in startups, and exploring the intersection of technology and society. He led the team that built the first Facebook branded VR app, and was one of the first engineers at Scribd. He is co-founder of the AI writing partner Sudowrite, and is a proud member of SFWA, Codex, and Sudowriters. He lives in San Francisco.
Oscar Villalon (moderator) is the editor of ZYZZYVA, a recipient of the Whiting Literary Magazine Prize in 2022. His writing has been published in Stranger’s Guide, Freeman’s, The Believer, Literary Hub, and other publications. He lives with his family in San Francisco.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Gray Area / Grand Theater, 2665 Mission Street, San Francisco, United States