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The Shape of Being: Technology Design, Human Values, and the Future

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
7 - 8 p.m.
Kane Hall, Room 130

iSchool professor Batya Friedman was named University Faculty Lecturer for the 2012-13 academic year. In this lecture presentation, she intends to provide some reflections: that technology has values; that design matters; and that futures are at stake.

Tools and technologies are fundamental to the human condition. They do no less than create and structure the conditions in which we live, express ourselves, enact society, and experience what it means to be human. They are also the result of human imagination. Yet, with our limited view, it is not at all obvious how to design tools and technology so that they are more likely to support the actions, relationships, institutions, and experiences that human beings care deeply about.

In this lecture she will explore the question of how to design information and computing technology to be sensitive to human values and concerns. She will draw from over two decades of design work and theory development. and touch on designing for secure implantable medical devices, for privacy in public, and to support systems of international justice. She will also turn to four topics for which cutting edge technology design has provocative implications for human futures:

  • Communal intelligence
  • The human mind
  • The data cloud
  • The planet

Tools and technologies shape human experience and our very being; and through our experiences and being, we continually re-imagine those very tools and technologies.

Read more about Batya Friedman.
Read about her award as University Faculty Lecturer. 
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