This symposium was hosted at the Media Design Practices MFA program at ArtCenter College of Design. It was curated by @PhilVanallen and @JennyRodenhouse, and addressed issues in contemporary AI by questioning the value of AI. In addition to a panel of experts, student projects from a class of the same name were presented.
A symposium that explores the design of Artificial Intelligence
Thursday March 8th, 2018
7 – 10 pm
Useless /ˈyo͞osləs/: 1. having no ability – 2. not fulfilling intended purpose.
Driven by popular hype, criticism, and capitalism, we often begin with cliched understandings of emerging technological mediums. As we begin to learn more about Artificial Intelligence and work to advance the field, we must see beyond these contrived ideals in order to design alternative propositions for the very real humans and machines. The Useless A.I. Symposium explores the complex challenges of contemporary design within the field of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. The event brings together guest speakers – Nicole Coddington, Principal Design Manager at Amazon, Alexa; Kyle McDonald, Media Artist; Chris Noessel, IBM Design Practice Manager and Author; Yisong Yue, Assistant professor in the Computing and Mathematical Sciences, California Institute of Technology – to confront Artificial Intelligent stereotypes and explore the true usefulness of the machine and what it can be used for. The guest speakers will be joined by Media Design Practice graduate students who will interpret the brief of “Useless A.I.”, sharing their critical, humorous, and risky design investigations.
Nicole Coddington, Principal Design Manager at Amazon, Alexa
Kyle McDonald, Media Artist
Chris Noessel, IBM Design Practice Manager and Author
Yisong Yue, Assistant professor in the Computing and Mathematical Sciences, California Institute of Technology
Graduate Media Design Practice Students:
Phil van Allen