There seems to be a lot of talk of technology design and what it has to do with a social good. This may carry lessons for how place-making designers think and work. The UW Office of the President is hosting the following talk this Thursday evening in Kane 130:
The Shape of Being:
Technology Design, Human Values
and the Future
By Dr. Batya Friedman
Thursday, February 7, 2013
7 p.m. Kane Room 130
The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Walker-Ames Room in Kane Hall.
About this lecture:
Technology has values. Design matters. And both have a stake in our futures. How can we design tools and technology so they are more likely to support the actions, relationships, institutions and experiences that humans care about?
Dr. Batya Friedman will explain how design information and computing technology are fundamental to humanity, creating the conditions in which we live, express ourselves and experience what it means to be alive.
Her lecture will touch on four provocative ideas that project how the future of technology design affects the future of humanity: communal intelligence, the human mind, the data cloud and the planet.
Dr. Friedman also will discuss practical applications of her research, including designs for secure, implantable medical devices, privacy in public and support systems of international justice.