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Heinz Radio


Nov 26, 2018

This week, Eugene sits down with Carnegie Mellon Professor Molly Wright Steenson. Prof. Steenson is the Senior Associate Dean for Research in the College of Fine Arts, the K&L Gates Associate Professor of Ethics & Computational Technologies, and Associate Professor in the School of Design. She also serves as co-editor of Bauhaus Futures. Most recently, Professor Steenson released Architectural Intelligence: How Designers and Architects Created the Digital Landscape. Her book explores the radical history of design, architecture, AI and cybernetics. 

Professor Steenson's career began in the 90s technology space, where she managed one of the world's most popular websites at Netscape. As she made her way through the tech industry and a PhD in Architecture at Princeton, she started to see how architecture might be a lens for designing other things. The conversation touches on the importance of systems and collaborations, the intersection of design, AI, and ethics, and how the policy world can incorporate lessons from architecture into technology.