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E45: The Art of Disruptive Innovation: Domhnaill Hernon, Head of Experiments in Arts and Technology (E.A.T.) at Nokia Bell Labs

Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) connects artists and engineers to create innovative solutions for humanity’s challenges. Together, artists and technologists at E.A.T. actualize projects that truly seem like science-fiction, often exploring human communication, including empathy and emotion transfer, and always aiming to break beyond the limitations of today’s technology. In this episode, we speak with Domhnaill Hernon, Head of E.A.T. at Nokia Bell Labs about Bell Labs legacy of innovation, the current projects under production, and the program’s dedication to expand the role of the artist in contemporary society.

-About Domhnaill Hernon-

Domhnaill Hernon is Head of Experiments in Arts and Technology (E.A.T.) at Nokia Bell Labs. He graduated with a B.Eng in Aeronautical Engineering, a Ph.D in fundamental fluid mechanics from the University of Limerick and an Executive M.B.A. from Dublin City University, Ireland. He is passionate about turning research/ideas into reality and exploring the bounds of creativity to push the limits of technology. Domhnaill was previously responsible for turning Bell Labs disruptive research assets into proto-solutions that could be tested at scale in the market, and he established new methods to overcome the “Innovation Valley of Death”. He is currently responsible for Bell Labs global activities in E.A.T. where he collaborates with the artistic and creative community to push the limits of technology to solve the greatest human need challenges.

Learn more about Domhnaill here

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-About Nokia Bell Labs-

Nokia Bell Labs is a global collective of the world’s brightest minds, creating the network of the future. Bell Labs has a legacy of developing game-changing technology with eight Nobel Prizes in physics and many other scientific accolades. Today, Bell Labs researchers are focused on new ways of compressing and sharing data while developing disruptive innovations for the next phase of human existence.

Learn more about Nokia Bell Labs here

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-About Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T)-

Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T) program was founded in 1967 by Bell Labs engineers Billy Klüver and Fred Waldhauer, and artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman and was a seminal event in the fusion of art and technology. E.A.T launched with the bringing together of ten New York artists with 30 engineers and scientists from the company. The project? To create collaborative performances that incorporated aspects of art and new technology.

Today, Nokia Bell Labs E.A.T continues to connect artists and engineers to build-out innovative solutions exploring human communication, including empathy and emotion transfer, and to push beyond the limitations of today’s technology. Nokia Bell Labs E.A.T’s projects expand the role of the artist in contemporary society by bringing them directly into the fold within a large technology company.

Learn more here

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