The Journal of Design and Science (JoDS), a joint venture of the MIT Media Lab and the MIT Press, forges new connections between science and design, breaking down the barriers between traditional academic disciplines in the process. Targeting readers with open, curious minds, JoDS explores timely, controversial topics in science, design, and society with a particular focus on the nuanced interactions among them.

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Issue 4 of JoDS is now live

12 September 2018

Issue four of JoDS, “Other Biological Futures,” explores biodesign, the design of, with, or from biology. Biodesign is being promoted by scientists and designers as an ecological remedy, a technological challenge, an economic opportunity, and a manufacturing and industrial revolution.Our editors for this issue, Dr. Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and Natsai Audrey Chieza, ask whether biodesign in practice really can change things for the good.

“Resisting Reduction” Essay Competition Winners Announced

16 July 2018

After receiving over 260 abstract submissions, the JoDS editorial board has selected the ten winners of the “Resisting Reduction” essay competition. Winners were selected through a double-blind review process and the selections cover a range of disciplines and perspectives, from design to health, gender to morality. Read the winning essays here.

Image by Nick Philip
Image by Nick Philip

Forthcoming: Issue 4 “Other Biological Futures”

Issue 4 of The Journal of Design and Science - coming in September - addresses the cultural and technological conditions driving the emergent field of biodesign. Edited by Dr Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and Natsai Audrey Chieza. Learn more about the issue here.

Issue 3 of JoDS is Now Live

5 February 2018

The third issue of JoDS, “Resisting Reduction,” looks at designing a complex and unknowable future with machines questioning theories such as Singularity and modern economic and market-based decision making. The essays, in conversation with Joi Ito’s manifesto “Resisting Reduction,” explore machine intelligence in light of diverse ecosystems in nature and its relationship to humanity.

Enjoy, and please join the JoDS conversation!

Oct 13, 2017Updated: Nov 14, 2017
Designing our Complex Future with Machines.
Jan 08, 2018Updated: Feb 06, 2018
Essay Competition Winner | The old story of AI is about human brains working against silicon brains. The new story of IA will be about human brains working with silicon brains. As it turns out most of the world is the opposite of a chess game: Non-zero-sum—both players can win.
Feb 04, 2018Updated: Feb 06, 2018
We are designing increasingly complex ecologies, involving unpredictable human interactions, emotional experiences and intangible services, as well as the physical objects that we pick off the shelf.  We don’t just design forms, we now design platforms.
Dec 27, 2017Updated: Feb 05, 2018
An existential worry lies beneath concerns about the future of AI. We as humans fear that we will lose our autonomy as we pursue automation with such abandon. It feels urgent that we examine what we care most about in humanity as we race to develop the science and technology.
Jan 18, 2018Updated: Feb 04, 2018
Pace layers provide many-leveled corrective, stabilizing feedback throughout the system. It is in the contradictions between these layers that civilization finds its surest health. I propose six significant levels of pace and size in a robust and adaptable civilization.
Dec 20, 2017Updated: Feb 04, 2018
What’s the lesson too many people take from that first and most influential episode in Star Wars back in 1977? One incredibly well-placed shot into the thermal exhaust port and the entire apparatus of our oppression explodes spectacularly.
Jan 22, 2018
Today, greenhouse gas emissions are rising again while questions about how to spur economic growth continue. I wonder, are we missing the connection? Might a move away from reduction help us to understand our shared options?
Feb 02, 2018
Parse the title either way—I believe that 30 years from now people will look back at the beginning of our century and wonder what we were doing and thinking about big, hard, long-term problems, particularly those of basic research.