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A&S #6: Michael Yap


Cybernetics helps us understand how complex human-computer interactions affect our being, our communities, and the world around us. It lets us see the parts, operations, and effects of the invisible, and seemingly unknowable, interactive systems that shape contemporary life. Cybernetics gives us the tools to know and invent systems for conversation, agreement, and cooperation.

Yet, like all design methods, Cybernetics isnโ€™t a panacea for solving all of the problems we face.

Hear Michael Yap survey its offering to designers building the future today. Then, join Michael and Nitzan in conversation to discuss how Cybernetic thinking applies to HCI and question the extent to which Cybernetics determines outcomes and limits agency and affordances.

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Michael Yap is a designer and educator. He's taught design at the California College of the Arts and the School of Visual Arts and has worked with design and innovation consultancies like IDEO and Machine. In 2017, he served as Director of Design for goTenna, a hardware startup that launched the first mobile, long-range consumer-ready mesh network. Michael currently practices Design Strategy at Etsy.