Mitu Khandaker

Designing the future of

Hi! I'm a game designer, creative entrepreneur, arts professor, and an advocate for tech, games & artificial intelligence.

Here’s a radical suggestion: I propose that the exercise itself of designing conversational AI characters is one that engenders empathy with them — and with each other. This latter part is a potentially thorny issue; while there are no ‘quick fixes’ for societal empathy — and certainly not through purely technological interventions — we can see how this can be part of the answer. Our tools shape us.

I'm an Assistant Arts Professor at the NYU Game Center, part of Tisch School of the Arts. I'm on the founding team at Spirit AI, where we are improving the future of interactions with both real and virtual people. I consult on a variety of creative & technical projects across games, AI, and immersive storytelling.

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