GOTO Amsterdam 2021

Thursday Dec 9
13:15 –

Design For The Utopia You Want, Not The Dystopia You're In

We make digital stuff, but we also consume digital stuff. While it is smart to remember you are not the user, there is definitely value in understanding what being a user means.

The wall between consuming and making is porous: the things we consume influence what we make, whether we intend them to or not.

Designer and former academic psychologist, Chris Atherton will take a look at what it’s like to be alive and using digital stuff in 2021. How do we even begin to engage with all this information? How are we choosing to spend our digital time? What are we really learning when we use technology? And what does this teach us about our own responsibilities as makers of technology?

Chris will take us back to basics and ask how we might re-evaluate perspectives from 10 and 100 years ago, in the increasingly uncomfortable glare of the internet. Armed with only a handful of memes and the desire to create good in the world, can we fix these interesting times?

In this talk, you'll learn:

  • How is it to be a digital user in 2021 and what it is exactly
  • What are our responsibilities as makers of technology
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