Office of the President

University Faculty Lecture, Feb. 7: Tech Design, Human Values & the Future

The Office of the President invites UW faculty, students, staff and friends to attend the 37th Annual University Faculty Lecture:

The Shape of Being:
Technology Design, Human Values
and the Future

By Dr. Batya Friedman

Thursday, February 7, 2013
7 p.m., Kane Hall, Room 130

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Walker-Ames Room in Kane Hall.

About this lecture

Technology has values. Design matters. And both have a stake in our futures. How can we design tools and technology so they are more likely to support the actions, relationships, institutions and experiences that humans care about?

Dr. Batya Friedman will explain how design information and computing technology are fundamental to humanity, creating the conditions in which we live, express ourselves and experience what it means to be alive.

Her lecture will touch on four provocative ideas that project how the future of technology design affects the future of humanity: communal intelligence, the human mind, the data cloud and the planet.

Dr. Friedman also will discuss practical applications of her research, including designs for secure, implantable medical devices, privacy in public and support systems of international justice.

About the University Faculty Lecture

In conjunction with the Office of the Provost, members of the UW faculty choose one of their peers to deliver the University Faculty Lecture. Dr. Batya Friedman joins a distinguished roster of Nobel laureates, historians, artists, scientists and authors who have presented this series each year since 1976.