Design Work 14 November 2019
Design//Work: Designing for Artificial Intelligence
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


130 Sutter Street, Suite 600

San Francisco

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Many of our digital interactions are increasingly being done through artificial intelligence-driven chatbots and algorithms whether we realize it or not. As we enter this A.I. driven world we ask what are the design and ethical considerations as we enter this paradigm shift for humanity.

Join us for this panel discussion as we ask our panelists:

  • Just what is A.I. and what are the different types of A.I.?
  • What’s different about designing for A.I.?
  • Where should you start learning to design for A.I.?
  • What are the ethical considerations for designing for A.I.?
  • Which A.I. related platform(s) should you learn?
  • What jobs will open up for A.I.?
  • moderator
    Amy Stillhorn, Founder of Big Monocle
    Amy is the founder and CEO of Big Monocle, an award-winning creative agency with offices in Utah and California (San Francisco, San Jose, Redwood City and Provo) that services startups and fortune 100 clients. Big Monocle focuses on branding and brand experiences. Their full-service capabilities allow them to execute across a broad range of deliverables required for, say, a new web presence. From the overall infrastructure, user experience, design and development, to the messaging, video, photo and marketing strategies that the site would need to thrive. Big Monocle was recently named International Small Agency of the Year by the DMA Echo Awards. The logo they did for the Women’s March has created an identity for a global movement in support of women everywhere. Amy has served on the board of AIGA SF, and currently serves as a board member of Braid Workshops (in support of women entrepreneurs) and co-founded the Sego Awards in order to recognize female founders and CEOs in Utah. Her big hobbies at the moment are karaoke and baking sourdough bread.
    Kristian Simsarian, PhD Associate Professor, Master of Design, California College of the Arts, Founder Collective Creativity
    Kristian is an award-winning innovator, designer, founder, educator, and AI-Robotics pioneer. Early in his career, he moved to Sweden to lead an AI research group in Human-Robot Collaboration. Moving back to California he spent 17 years at the design innovation powerhouse IDEO where he was a senior leader, co-founding the Software Experiences practice and later continuing as a distinguished fellow.

    In 2010, Seeing an educational gap, Kristian founded the thriving human-centered Interaction Design BFA and Masters programs at California College of the Arts in San Francisco where he continues as a professor. With a passion for creating socially aligned innovation, Kristian founded a new business, Collective Creativity, in 2018 to steward disruptive innovation for the greater good. He is helping found a new non-profit to bring more women into AI and serves as an advisor to several startups and non-profit organizations in the Bay Area and beyond.
    Sures Kumar, Designer, Google Research (Google AI)
    Currently, Sures works for Google’s Research and Machine Intelligence team (Google AI) where he has led interaction design efforts for AIY Projects, Coral and next generation of Google Lens. Sure also worked on integrating cutting edge on-device machine intelligence and mobile vision technologies into Google Pixel Camera and Android OS.

    Earlier in his Google career (London and India), he helped lead, design and ship various high-profile products for Android, Google Play and G Suites (Google for business).

    Before that, when Sures worked at Microsoft, he designed user experience and interactions for Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel from the Office Mobile team. Sures’s work has also been published in Wired, The Verge, FastCoDesign, and many other publications.

    Sures graduated from the Royal College of Art, London and National Institute of Design, India. He conducts workshops, design sprints and teaches creative coding, projection mapping, tangible computing and design sprinting methods at various universities. Find out more here:
    Emily Witt, Senior User Researcher for Platform & Cross-Cloud Experiences, Salesforce
    Emily Witt is a Senior User Researcher for Platform and Cross-Cloud Experiences at Salesforce. Her current research focuses on the design of tools to enable the responsible implementation of AI. She is a member of Salesforce's newly created Advisory Council for the Ethical and Humane Use of Technology and the co-author of the Responsible Creation of AI module on Trailhead. She holds a Master's degree from UC Berkeley's School of Information, where she worked on projects ranging from large-scale quantitative research on user perceptions of algorithmic moderation in online communities, to increasing transparency and community participation in decisions about the use of surveillance technology in Oakland. She remains optimistic about the potential to use technology to support human efforts to work towards justice and equity in our communities.
    Kandice Cota, Head of Design, Cota Innovation
    Kandice has been designing products and defining innovation strategy for some of the world’s biggest brands including Target, Samsung, Hyundai, Walmart, Macy's, MGM, Kodak, Hyatt, Intel, CBS, Paramount, and numerous startups. She has been a researcher, innovator, VC, serial entrepreneur, producer and strategist in the industries of tech, entertainment, gaming, travel, beauty and fashion.

    As a consummate design researcher and startup strategist, with a keen knowledge of building products and brands that sell, Kandice’s technical, business and creative talents have positioned her to oversee the production of mobile, web, film, video game, fashion and software projects. Cota was a pioneer of interactive broadcasting and peer to peer programming and is currently working on designing AI apps for Shiseido, moving between the implicit and explicit to define what's next in Beauty.

    Kandice co-hosts the show In the Black: an innovation adventure and has spoken at numerous events in the entertainment, tech and venture space including Intel & MTV’s Plugged In, Comdex, Tech Venture Summit and was the winner of Harvard’s Fast Pitch Challenge. Kandice received her MBA from University of South Carolina and her BFA from University of Michigan.