Special Topics in Information Studies: Automation and Creativity


What happens when computers learn to create? This course explores past and current trends in automation to address this question. Various critical themes will be addressed including authorship, materiality, authenticity, judgment, and expertise. The course is organized around a studio project in which students will produce objects using computer-aided design (CAD) and digital fabrication technologies (e.g. 3D printers). As part of this studio project, students will engage with generative design tools as a means of “automating” elements of the design process. This project offers students the opportunity to develop applied skills while also presenting a site for critical reflection on the themes of the course.