Carla Diana Digs Down to the Future

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In last Sunday’s New York Times, Carla Diana, a product designer, explored the future as she sees it and talked about Simon the robot, whose shell she designed.

Simon is a humanoid robot being developed at the Georgia Institute of Technology for the purposes of exploring intuitive ways for people and machines to live and work alongside one another. I had designed the robot’s shell—its outward appearance—so I knew exactly what to expect, but interacting with it as a programmed and somewhat sentient creature surprised me in ways I hadn’t expected.

She also narrated, and Katie Turner illustrated, this down-to-earth video on the future of everyday life. I, for one, can’t wait.

Simon (Photo: Daniel Borris for The New York Times)

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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →