“Future of Alchemy” engages the instrumentality of digital entrepreneurship with GSAPP’s consideration of the material world across scales. It compares Silicon Valley’s singularity to the philosopher’s stone and draws conclusions about the prevalence of material culture. An expanded definition of design, along with three propositions on new forms of material and digital exchanges will guide our journey.
If material intelligence is the final aspiration of digital pursuits, is it not paradoxical that it is currently driving us into a state of material confusion so complex it seems beyond repair? Carbon emissions, ocean gyre garbage patches, hunger, natural disasters, water shortage, the list of chaotic material dispositions goes on. Can the engine of the singularity be re-oriented to sublimate today’s material disposition?
Future of Retail
Amir Zwickel ‘17 MSRED, Co-Founder Co-NY
Future of Waste
Danielle Joseph, Closed Loop Ventures
Future of Currency
Mike Goldin, Leed Engineer at ConsenSys