Does the whiteness of progressivism exclude Black people?


Photo by Rodolfo Cuadros on Unsplash

Carnegie Mellon University, School of Design, Prof. Molly Wright Steenson, Spring 2020


Please go away and never come back

Photo: Paula Winkler/Getty Images


Professor Molly Wright Steenson | Carnegie Mellon University School of Design

It’s not a class about penguin societies. But it makes you wonder what a society of AI penguins might be like. Nice picture, in any case. Photo by Jesse Chan/Unsplash

How does AI impact society?

How do artificial intelligence and algorithmic technologies impact society? In this class, we will will look at how AI and its related paradigms affect the way that we live. In this seven-week class, we’ll be reading, writing, watching, sharing, creating, debating, talking with experts, and more. We’ll explore a number of questions, such as: How do we understand intelligence? How does it impact labor and how we work? How is AI biased and how might it become more fair? Do we trust it? And what ethical considerations should we be taking?


How a tight-knit group of elites shaped the Media Lab

Nicholas Negroponte, founder and chairman emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. Photo: Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images


From Lucas Benjamin, Unsplash

Seminar One (51–701) | School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University | Professor Molly Wright Steenson, PhD | TA, Hajira Qazi

The context and impact of (interaction) design


We do. By Brandi Ibrao

Carnegie Mellon School of Design, Spring 2019

Professor Molly Wright Steenson & TA Ulu Mills

We all have an idea of what a good service is — when everything clicks into place, when you feel a little surprised and delighted because of the thoughtfulness and smoothness. And we know too well what it’s like when a service goes wrong: unempowered agents at the airport when your flight was canceled, waiting forever at the doctor’s office, a website or app being inappropriate or tone deaf in a sensitive situation. Services connect us to our cities and get us acquainted in new places.


Residenziale Est in Ivrea, Italy—also known as the Typewriter Building, 1971 by Iginio Cappai & Pietro Mainardis. Ivrea was the headquarters of Olivetti, and the location of the former Interaction Design Institute Ivrea. The building is marred these days with graffiti, sadly, but the interiors are modular and fascinating. Perhaps this is a smart building in a smart town of a different sort of age. Or a contemporary age: the Arduino board was invented here. Via “Moderno Vivo” in L’Architetto.

Carnegie Mellon School of Design, Prof. Molly Wright Steenson, Fall 2018 (second mini)


Carnegie Mellon School of Design, Prof. Molly Wright Steenson, Fall 2018


This is an Arduino Uno via Unsplash. Little known fact: the Arduino got its name from a little cafe/bar in Ivrea, Italy where its founders went for aperitivo (happy hour).

Seminar One (51–701) | School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University | Professor Molly Wright Steenson, PhD

Tools to Think With*

What is interaction, what is design, where did these notions come from, and where are they going? This seminar aims to give us tools to think with* (the with on the end is a dangling preposition, I realize) in the form of readings, discussions and activities. Through this grounding, you will return to questions of what kind of designer you are and wish to be, what you believe in, and how that will extend to your research and practice. …

Molly Wright Steenson

Vice Provost for Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University. Author of Architectural Intelligence (MIT Press 2017). Girlwonder.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store