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Distinguished Innovator Speaker Series: In Your Face
April 28, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
In Your Face: The Cons and Pros of Facial Recognition
In Your Face – is timely. This documentary was aired on January 21, 2022, to rave reviews on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Facial recognition is getting a great deal of attention from social media in their effort to create augmented reality glasses. But it’s also getting attention in regard to government monitoring. On the plus side, facial recognition technology has the potential to help the estimated 2.5 percent of the population with a medical condition called prosopagnosia or face blindness. Join Dr. Sandrew in welcoming the writer/director of In Your Face, an internationally acclaimed and award-winning documentarian, Josh Freed for a one-on-one discussion of this intriguing topic.
Josh Freed is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and journalist who works in every medium but the hammer and chisel. For his writing, Freed has won two National Newspaper Awards as Best Canadian Columnist for his weekly column in the Montreal Gazette. Freed’s documentary films have been seen in over 50 countries. His awards include: the World Medal for Investigative Filmmaking at the New York International Television Festival and two Chris Awards for Best North American Current Affairs Documentary. In Canada, Freed has been nominated for three Geminis, three WGC awards and a Genie. His documentaries have been seen on CTV CBC, PBS, A&E, throughout Europe and elsewhere.
Freed is also the author of several popular books, including Moonwebs; Vive Le Quebec Freed; The Anglo Guide to Survival in Quebec; and Fear of Frying, which won him the Stephen Leacock Prize for humor. In 2006, he turned his hand to theater, co-writing and co-starring in the hit Quebec play Four Anglos of the Apocalypse, which played over 40 sell-out nights at the Centaur Theater in Montreal’s largest English-speaking theater. His most recent play The 25th Century Belongs To Canada completed a successful run at the Centaur. As a public speaker, Freed is always in demand. His subjects are humorous but he’s been known to add a serious point or three.