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‘Play in the Uncanny Valley’ With Molly Wright Steenson
Her background in architecture and history offers listeners a unique grounding of digital in the physical
Playing for Team Human today is designer, technology historian, and author of the new book, Architectural Intelligence, Professor Molly Wright Steenson. Molly and Douglas share a wide-ranging conversation that begins by looking at the “weirdness” of AI. How do design metaphors such as “awesome mouth feel” and “uncanny valley” provoke deeper questions of human imagination, play, and meaning? Molly’s background in architecture and history offers listeners a unique grounding of digital in the physical. Check out Molly’s new book, Architectural Intelligence, and her longstanding website. Molly also discusses her oft-cited essay—“What is Burning Man?”—working with Howard Rheingold (TH 76) at Electric Minds, building the Netscape search page, and launching the influential feminist webzine Maxi.
Opening the show, Douglas comments on educating robots versus educating humans. Is there something more, something ambiguous and sacred even to be retrieved from a well-rounded liberal arts education?