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“AI will increasingly replace repetitive jobs, not just for blue-collar work, but a lot of white-collar work.” — Kai Fu Lee, an artificial intelligence expert and venture capitalist (Fortune, 2019)

We know that the future of work is rapidly changing. According to Kai Fu Lee, an artificial intelligence expert and venture capitalist, 40% of the world’s jobs will be replaced by robots capable of automating tasks. Both blue-collar and white-collar professions will be affected.

“Our rapidly changing world and global economy require that students leave our schools with the ability to be adaptive…


Evaluative Research & Synthesis

This week we spent a lot of time working through, and coding, the many responses we received from our Google form. Overall we received 58 responses, with the majority being from students between 15–18-years-old.

The largest share of our feedback came from 17-year-olds (38.6%) followed by 16-year-olds (26.3%) and 18-year-olds (14.0%). Our oldest respondent was 64.


Generative Research

This week we delivered our stage 3 presentation. Below is a summary of our exploratory research insights as well as the generative research approach.

Exploratory Research Insights

What we heard…

Problematic Grading System — Current quantitative evaluation in education can be problematic. There’s a need for new methods to evaluate students’ progress.

Communication Channels — Parents and schools need more communication channels to build trust.

Collaborative Classroom — Both students and teachers seek a collaborative environment so that students can experience failure with confidence.

Socio-emotional Skills — Students, teachers, and parents all value the school environment, as it helps students develop skills to…


Primary and secondary research and review

The Zoomers work on a joint interview protocol with Team X

This week we worked to synthesize our interview findings. This quote from the retired principal we interviewed was really striking.

“When it comes to teaching, respect is paramount, don’t judge students on a daily basis, but on the long-term. You take little steps, use different ways to say things, show mutual respect for who they are and what they have been through.”

We also worked with Team X to formalize our joint interview with students in Santa Clara. Both teams came together to collaborate on questions we had for Dr. Laurie Stapleton and her students at New Valley High School.


Making the Futures of K-12 Education Tangible

The Zoomers!

The first week Carnegie Mellon University School of Design master’s students John Baldridge, Yueru Deng, Yuchuan Shan, and Xuehui Zhang were introduced to the Graduate Design Studio II course project. The course topic is k-12 education futures and we will be working with Fiona Hovenden, Ph.D., Founder of Prospect Studios. We were tasked to explore the design brief titled “Making the Futures of K-12 Education Tangible” in partnership with Prospect Studios.

Prospect Studios works with schools to help them create a 10–15-year vision of the future. …


With Peter Scupelli Nierenberg Associate Professor of Design and Director of Learning Environments Lab and Stefania La Vattiata

Week 1

My first week of Graduate Design Studio 2 was off to a good start. On Monday we met as a class and each of us introduced ourselves. The project was also introduced and we reviewed the syllabus, review past projects, formed teams, and begin the exploration into our topic. I really enjoyed hearing more about our project from Fiona Hovenden, Ph.D. Founder, Strategic Foresight.

Personally, the topic of K-12 education is one that I’m truly interested in given my own background attending…


World’s Biggest Data Breaches & Hacks Select losses greater than 30,000 records. Screenshot from https://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/worlds-biggest-data-breaches-hacks/. Data sources: databreaches.net, IDTheftCentre and media reports

WEEK 11 — CLASS 21

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Project 3 introduction

For Project 3, we were each assigned to review an existing data visualization and asked to analyze it to determine its narrative and key points. After analyzing the World’s Biggest Data Breaches & Hack’s data visualization, it became clear that the author wanted to showcase both the frequency and severity of data breaches over time. Based on the visualization, each year we seem to see more data breaches with greater data exposure.


A Proposal for an Inclusive Escape Room for the Blind at CMU

By John Baldridge

We know that designers and engineers build the world around us, from buildings to cars, and everything in the digital world we now occupy, but who are we building it for and who are we leaving out?

Escape rooms are fun, but they are not fun for everybody. Escape rooms are immersive games that challenge teams of people to work together to discover clues, solve puzzles, and use their collective intelligence and senses to escape a usually themed room in an allotted amount of time…


Argo Self-Driving Car. Source: Carnegie Mellon University Advancement

WEEK 5 — CLASS 9

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Project 2 introduction

For project 2, I was tasked to learn more about autonomous vehicles (or self-driving cars), which is a topic very close to home for someone living in Pittsburgh. In Pittsburgh, there are three major players working in the autonomous vehicles space; Carnegie Mellon University (General Motors), Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group, and Argo AI.

What is an autonomous vehicle?

Definitions are important. Given the novelty of the technology involved, let us first define “autonomous vehicles.” According to Technopedia, autonomous cars/vehicles can guide themselves without human conduction. Autonomous vehicles can guide themselves without human intervention. …


CheckYourself: Share before you care

WEEK 1 — CLASS 1

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

John Baldridge

Graduate Student, Carnegie Mellon University

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