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Liu Lecture: Nadya Peek, Machine Agency: Making Machines that Make

May 22, 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Building 550, the Atrium

Open to the public. No RSVP needed.

Building 550 is a handicap accessible building. Please contact admin Renée Chao for further details on handicap parking. 

Join us for Liu Lecture with speaker Nadya Peek, Assistant professor at the University of Washington in the Human-Centered Design & Engineering department.

Lecture Title: Machine Agency: Making Machines that Make

Abstract: How can we harness the precision of machines for the creativity of individuals? Digital fabrication tools promise quality production in low volume and are now accessible in maker spaces worldwide. However, the maker context is very different from the historical industrial settings in which digital fabrication was developed. Yet these differences have not led to many changes in contemporary tools. I argue that personal fabrication requires a rethinking of production infrastructure, and in this talk outline a research roadmap for machine agency.

The David H. Liu Memorial Lecture Series in Design at Stanford brings together incredible minds from a wide variety of disciplines to explore the intersection of design, technology, art, architecture and science. Past speakers have included Santiago Calatrava, Stefan Sagmeister, John Maeda, Ben Fry, Valerie Casey, Janine Benyus, Paola Antonelli and many others. This lecture series is made possible by the generous support of Dr. and Mrs. Liu in memory of their son, David, a former graduate student in the Stanford Graduate Design Program.

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The David H. Liu Memorial Lecture Series, Stanford Design Program
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