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10 Principles of Ancestry Thinking

 

Ten Principles of Ancestry Thinking

In the high-speed disruption culture incubated by Silicon Valley companies and startups, the scope of what we look at is generally the short-term reception of our developments by our users, and not the long-term shifts that will derive from them. Meanwhile, the pace of social change, driven by technical innovation, has accelerated to the point where each one of us has essentially become our own ancestor: we each become victims and beneficiaries of the inventions we create.

Under the guidance of entrepreneur Alan Cooper and Youtube UX Researcher Renato Verdugo, I along with my classmates spent a semester discussing and proposing ideas to broaden our understanding of the technological ecosystem we live in. We discussed ways to internalize what would otherwise remain as externalities of not only tech developments, but various case studies in the world. In short, how do we enable future technology practitioners to "think like a good ancestor?"

For our final project, we consolidated the course's key concepts into 10 concrete principles -- represented in card-like structures to dive deeper into the meaning of common taxonomy in the tech world. We provided the ability to mix and match cards in hopes of sparking open discussion.

In doing so, we strived to turn insight into action.