Catherine Ahearn

PubPub Community Manager
PubPub Community Manager at The MIT Press | Alumna of the Boston University Editorial Institute and Middlebury College
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Essay Competition Winner | The old story of AI is about human brains working against silicon brains. The new story of IA will be about human brains working with silicon brains. As it turns out most of the world is the opposite of a chess game: Non-zero-sum—both players can win.
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Today, greenhouse gas emissions are rising again while questions about how to spur economic growth continue. I wonder, are we missing the connection? Might a move away from reduction help us to understand our shared options?
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The core of our troubles in our attachment to the ego. Transforming humans from being ego-centric to eco-centric.
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We are designing increasingly complex ecologies, involving unpredictable human interactions, emotional experiences and intangible services, as well as the physical objects that we pick off the shelf.  We don’t just design forms, we now design platforms.
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An existential worry lies beneath concerns about the future of AI. We as humans fear that we will lose our autonomy as we pursue automation with such abandon. It feels urgent that we examine what we care most about in humanity as we race to develop the science and technology.
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Designing our Complex Future with Machines.
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Pace layers provide many-leveled corrective, stabilizing feedback throughout the system. It is in the contradictions between these layers that civilization finds its surest health. I propose six significant levels of pace and size in a robust and adaptable civilization.
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What’s the lesson too many people take from that first and most influential episode in Star Wars back in 1977? One incredibly well-placed shot into the thermal exhaust port and the entire apparatus of our oppression explodes spectacularly.
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About the implications of AI and intervention humans can do.
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Parse the title either way—I believe that 30 years from now people will look back at the beginning of our century and wonder what we were doing and thinking about big, hard, long-term problems, particularly those of basic research.
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Learning from Nature’s most common development process: beginning with growth, ending with refinement.
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Position paper on a conception of architecture as innovation discipline and future MBA education (~2500 words long, excluding references)
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Insights from a collaboration between public health researcher and design strategist in the field of technology adoption. Topics explored: technology development, technology commercialization, design strategy.
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设计能否推动科学的发展,而科学又能否促进设计的提升?
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