As the director of Google’s Cultural Institute and Art Project, Amit Sood leads the effort to bring cultural artifacts from museums, archives and foundations onto the web in vivid, lifelike detail.

Why you should listen

Amit Sood is the director of Google’s Cultural Institute. He and his team works on making art and culture accessible and engaging for everyone. They have partnered with over 1,000 museums, archives and other institutions from more than 70 countries to bring our shared heritage onto the web and connect them with people through new technologies. Most recently they have been experimenting with combining art with machine learning algorithms and other advanced technologies to create new ways to explore our cultures.  In collaboration with Cyril Diagne who is a Artist in Residence at the Google Cultural Lab and is Professor of Media & Interaction Design at ECAL university in Switzerland, they present a series of visualizations and experiments around Culture+Technology. 

Download their new app on Android and iOS that lets you surf through 6 million artworks, photos, manuscripts and other documents of art, culture and history. You can read more about the Google Cultural Institute here.

What others say

“This isn’t just about putting the collection online. Through our partnership with Google, we hope to give people new ways to experience and enjoy the museum, new ways to learn, and new ways to teach.” — Neil Mc Gregor, Evening Standard, November 12, 2015