Beth Ames Altringer Eagle

An ongoing conversation about design, engineering, psychology, learning, and art.

AI-Kitchen Discussion Series

Project focus: How might we make it easier to understand how algorithms are shaping our lives, and how they could be improved?
Recognition: Well attended events from 2016-2017
Role: Founder, host
Project Website

AI-kitchen was focused on making it easier to understand how algorithms are shaping our lives, and how they could be improved. We wanted this discussion to be as accessible as sharing and discussing recipes. We reverse-engineered popular algorithms like Tinder and AirBnB, wrote up how they worked in plain language breifings, and hosted regular discussion events.

Some of our core themes include:
- Human Values and How They Relate to AI
- Algorithmic Writing and Critique
- The Design of AI
- The Design of UI in this context
- How to make AI more accessible, representative, and desirable

AI-kitchen began as a mix of professionals and students from academia and industry gathering *roughly* monthly in Harvard Square. Our work inspired us to create a new course in the engineering school in Fall 2017.

ai-kitchen Fellows:
Yaara Yacoby, Harvard College, 2017
Keith Scott, Harvard GSD, 2017
Jacques van Rhyn, Harvard College, 2016-2017


Past talks & Workshops

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin it, and the work will be completed.”

- Goethe (in German)
as translated by John Anster

Design Practice Roles

Founder, Ames Studio
Founder, Desirability Lab (blog; on a break)
Contact: ba[at]

Artist Portfolio: (physical, digital)

Arts Curation:Balter Foundation @balterfoundation