by: Judith Glaser

Against the background that digital technologies have long since become an integral part of the economy, science and everyday culture and thus have a complex impact on society, ethical and social implications are needed during their development. The complex questions of the 21st century require a variety of disciplinary skills that must be applied across disciplines. The relationship between computer science and design will be used as an example to illustrate which competencies and constellations are needed to meet the demand for increasing the chances of desirable futures. Special attention will be paid to hybrid characters, such as creative technologists, who combine competences of both disciplines and thus increasingly take on key roles. How can the implementation of new technologies be configured in such a way that it does not disintegrate into those who design and those who execute, or those who invent and those who package, but rather lead to a new quality of technical progress and new self-evidence for the production of knowledge? The goal is not to harmonise or even dissolute boundaries, but to enable as many collective moments of critical making as possible.

Judith Glaser holds a master’s degree in product design with a focus on interaction design. Since 2018, she has been working for Studio NAND, a Berlin-based design studio that specialises in data-driven user interfaces and interactive technologies, thereby operates at the interface between design and computer science. This work and her teaching activities for the interdisciplinary project format ›Coding IxD‹ led to her research question, which she is currently pursuing in a doctoral thesis.