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Computers Do Not Make Art, People Do

"[A]rt can only be created by people (or other independent actors) capable of [certain] kinds of social relationships. In contrast, while we can get emotionally attached to our computers and other possessions, we feel no real empathy for their emotions, no ethical duty toward them, and no need to demonstrate our feelings toward them. This means computers cannot be credited as artists until they have some kind of personhood, just as people do not give gifts to their coffeemakers or marry their cars. If there is ever such a thing as human-level AI, with thoughts, feelings, and moral status comparable to ours, then it would be able to create art. But “human-level AI” is pure science fiction right now."

The impossible for capitalism is suddenly possible

"Just a few weeks ago, it was radical to think of luxury goods production lines being reoriented to make products of collective necessity or CEOs committing their entire attention to a public health crisis. It would have been radical to think of fine dining restaurants pivoting to serve the food insecure. It would have been radical to think of grounded flights and 50% less pollution in one month. It would have been radical to think of not prioritizing annual growth, year after year after year."

California design, from self-driving cars to search

"Design, as opposed to engineering, touches the human experience. If you’re building an airplane that’s just going to haul cargo back and forth, the human experience is not prioritized. Once you have passengers, then you start to consider everything about the human experience: aesthetics, comfort, and ergonomics. Silicon Valley was a lot like that, which is why for a long time we saw this naïve expression in our software interfaces. There was almost an endearing primitivism to it. So I’d find myself hiring people from New York or Hollywood to do these things. But it’s changing."

Laurene Powell Jobs: Her Own Dent in the Universe

"One profound learning I took from him was that we don’t have to accept the world that we’re born into as something that is fixed and impermeable. When you zoom in, it’s just atoms just like us. And they move all the time. And through energy and force of will and intention and focus, we can actually change it. Move it."



👀 ABOUT –––

Maya is a purpose-driven product leader. Empowered by design, fulfilled by impact, empathy, and community.

She became interested in technology after starting a D2C swimwear brand as a high school student based in Miami, breaking even during the first year of launch. After then developing a website and app for an AP study platform that reached 500K+ users, she decided to pursue a career in tech, curious by product and design.

She's led the execution and design of scalable products and initiatives across different spaces. She worked across 4 offices at Google to plan a launch strategy for knowledge-engine features covering 300M+ Search queries per day. She's designed an end-to-end guidance and inspiration tool for 15M+ SMB Pages admins at Facebook and led growth research and strategy for rental subscription models at Rent the Runway. At Cornell, she led a mobility product team with over 11K downloads and co-founded a community program for side projects called Backyard.

She's currently a Product Manager at YouTube, supporting growth and content monetization efforts at YouTube. She also supports re—inc, a lifestyle brand championing equity, creativity, progress, and art as well as manages Let's Hear It, a female empowerment platform she founded in 2018.

By way of SF / NYC / Miami

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