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Massachusetts College of Art & Design

Utopia/Dystopia: AI and the Future of Design 

Presented by MassArt’s Design Innovation program at the Design and Media Center, 

DMC Auditorium, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

April 28 @4:00PM - 5:30PM  



Hosted by MassArt’s Design Innovation program, this panel convenes design world experts to discuss the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on design. Generative AI continues to develop at a rapid pace, and design communities are faced with questions of how to use it to amplify our work, guard against hidden biases, refine our understanding of originality, and defend creative industries from unhealthy creative destruction. Join our panel in exploring the potential and pitfalls of AI. 

As AI technology continues to develop at a rapid pace, it raises questions of ethics and uncertainties of the threat to replacing human labor in creative industries. Is AI enhancing or harming the field of design? Join us for this panel discussion followed by Q&A and networking.


Panelists include Rachel Acker, Head of the Strategic Services Practice at a design agency; Rob Erskine, a creative designer and developer who currently works for global product design and development outfit Stellar Elements; software and robotics entrepreneur Ville Lehtonen; Vinit Kaushik, a Designer/Engineer in the Cyber Security space; and Senior Vice President of Strategy at Hill Holliday, Faith Previtera.


The Master of Design Innovation (MDES) program at MassArt is a full-time, two-year graduate program that prepares the next generation of innovators to lead organizational and social transformation at corporations, nonprofits, educational institutions, and entrepreneurial ventures.


Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) is a public, independent institution, now in its 150th year, that prepares artists, designers, and educators to shape communities, economies, and cultures for the common good.

Rob Erskine (top left), Vinit Kaushik (top center), Faith Previtera (top right)

Ville Lehtonen (lower right), Rachel Acker (lower left)

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