Sarah Newman

Sarah Newman is a Senior Researcher and Principal at metaLAB at Harvard and a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. As a researcher expressing ideas through installation art, her work engages with technology’s role in human experience. Newman holds a BA in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Imaging Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has exhibited work in New York, San Francisco, Miami, Berlin, London, and Rome, and has held artist residencies in Germany and Sweden. Newman is a 2017 AI Grant Fellow, a member of the 2018 Assembly Cohort, a co-founder of the Data Nutrition Project, and leads metaLAB’s work on new technologies and human experience. Her current work explores the social and philosophical dimensions of artificial intelligence and uses interactive art as a means of critique and engagement. Project Summary The Myth of Agency is an interactive installation that explores human and non- human agency, whether and how we make choices, and what implications this has in an increasingly complex technological world. Installation elements include sound, video, photography, moving objects, and water. As our machines become more intelligent and we ourselves become more networked, what does it mean to have agency? Is it merely a useful myth, or is there something particular – even if inscrutable – about what it means to be human?