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2015-16_1 NewSpace: A Nation of Spacefarers

Southern California is host to a new era of space exploration—private exploration. The expression NASA uses to describe a shift made possible through new technologies, wealthy entrepreneurs, and regional expertise and history is: “From a Spacefaring Nation to a Nation of Spacefarers” What does that mean as a burgeoning industry shapes new communities, physical infrastructure,…

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2015-16_2 Conversations with Computers

In this project we will conduct code-based interactive experiments and construct visual narratives to speculate about intriguing new social situations, aesthetic experiences, psychological ramifications, as a result of people living increasingly computation dependent and electronically-mediated lives. In our investigations we will stray from a path which affirms clichéd applications of artificial intelligence and ‘smart’ technologies…

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2015-16_3 Embedded Interactions

Embedded Interactions is a four-week intensive studio, where students design and build prototypes that utilize a mix of working systems, wizard-of-ozing, and video simulations. With the advent of wearables and the Internet of Things, and with increasingly accurate voice, gestural, computer vision and brain-computer interfaces, our interactions are transitioning from point and click, multi-touch, and…

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2015-16_4 Tipping Points

This studio focuses on a topic and a methodology. The topic is broad: what major forces – environmental, technological, social – will have such an impact on our world that they create (or compel us to create) massively scaled changes in the way we live. While issues of this scope – i.e., rising water levels,…

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2015-16_5 Bacterial Cultures

Bacteria are everywhere. Rich communities of microbes thrive in the soil, in water, in air, on every surface, and every part of the body. Over the past decade, enabled by advances in gene sequencing and biotechnological tools, our relationship with these microogranisms is changing. Instead of designing ways to eliminate bacteria and protect ourselves from…

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