How new is the terrain for UX and interaction design as we look toward AI, VR, AR? It turns out that design's engagement with these new technologies isn't new at all. In this talk, Dr. Steenson traces the long roots of our design that go back some 50, 60, 70 years, and are bound up in the histories of architecture and artificial intelligence. By looking at the collaborations and agendas that shaped this digital world, we'll figure out where design is headed in the future.


Dr. Molly Wright Steenson is a designer, writer, speaker, and professor whose work focuses on the intersection of design, architecture, and artificial intelligence. She’s the author of the forthcoming book Architectural Intelligence: How Designers, Tinkerers, and Architects Created the Digital Landscape (MIT Press, Fall 2017). She’s also a UX pioneer who has worked with the web since its earliest days, and an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design. Steenson speaks internationally about design and technology and holds a PhD in architecture from Princeton University.