Understanding and negotiating the impact of emerging technologies through design

I am intrigued with the impact of technology on everyday life. I belong to a generation that has grown up during the rise of digital technology: I remember the time when I was a kid with no internet connection at home, while these days I can talk to my phone and have it play a virtually limitless collection of songs. During my life technology has become thoroughly embedded in so many everyday experiences that it can be easy to take for granted.

Society has always looked to create a better future, and technological development has always helped society to move forward. But it seems that the rate at which new technology is being developed has been accelerating relentlessly. As a result, the future feels more turbulent, and the space to reflect on the impact of these technologies is rapidly diminishing. As we speed ahead, it feels like it is getting increasingly hard to stop and observe how technology is changing the world, let alone reflect on these changes and explore alternative paths.

Here I see an opportunity and responsibility for the field of design. We need new ways to understand and negotiate the impact of emerging technologies on future society, so that we can make responsible decisions in the present. Design can explore these futures and, through compelling storytelling, can turn them into experiences that can be engaged with and learned from. Achieving this requires not only a thorough understanding of these emerging technologies, but also of the socio-cultural, future everyday contexts in which they could exist. By bringing these two aspects together a human, even mundane, perspective can be achieved. In doing so, societal debates can be facilitated, which are necessary to tackle the complex challenges that arise as emerging technologies find their way in our everyday lives.

Experience
Freelance Designer

2015 - Now

Interaction Designer
Studio Tast

2015 -2017

Design Intern
The Incredible Machine

2017

Art Director
UNiD Magazine

2015 - 2016

Freelance Graphic Designer
Luke's Logos

2017 - Now

Education
Master of Science in Industrial Design

Eindhoven University of Technology

The Netherlands

2015 - 2019

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design

Eindhoven University of Technology

The Netherlands

2012 - 2015

Exchange Semester

Victoria University of Wellington

The Netherlands

2014

Achievements
Dutch Design Award

Winner - Product

Transparant Charging Station

2018

Next Jeneration Jewellery Talent Contest

Finalist

Leth

2016

Museo Del Gioello Vicenza, Italy

Featured in exhibition

Leth

2016

Dutch Design Week

Exhbition design and build

Artificial Intelligence Training Center

2018

Mind the Step (Dutch Design Week 2016)

Project on display

Somoii

2016

Kees Overbeeke Symposium

Guest speaker

Lecture about "Me, Myself and AI"

2018

DDW Talk & Walk: Future Living

Guest speaker

Lecture about "Me, Myself and AI"

2018

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