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Thinking Machines Series

The exhibition Cult of the Machine looks at the ways in which artists imagined the impacts of massive technological shifts on society at the height of the Machine Age, in the 1920s and 1930s. Thinking Machines is a conversation and networking series convening designers, technologists, artists, and thinkers to consider similar questions of the impacts of new machines across a range of technologies in this moment—advances in design thinking and the tools and materials for creating objects and experiences; faster and more powerful DNA synthesis, implicating the modification of ourselves and the world around us; Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, shifting mental and physical boundaries between humans and machines and creating automated systems that require new ethical frameworks; increasingly sophisticated devices for communication, and new platforms to use them. Together these speakers consider the confluence of all this innovation as it is shaping us and the world around us, today and into the future.


Thinking Machines at the de Young is made possible with support from AppDynamics, VSCO, and The Molly and David Wadhwani Foundation.