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Maggie Appleton

Product Designer, Elicit

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About Maggie Appleton

Maggie is a designer, anthropologist, and mediocre developer.

She currently leads design at Elicit, an AI research lab exploring how language models can support scientific research and open-ended reasoning.

She’s enthusiastic about tools for thought, end-user programming, and digital gardening.

Squish meets structure:
Designing with language models

Language models feel like squishy, alien minds we've organically grown inside a GPU cluster. They are unlike any of our existing computational tools. They're predictably unpredictable and break many of our pre-conceived notions of how computers work. How are we supposed to design with these messy, unwieldy, Shoggoth-like creatures?

In her talk, Maggie will cover how to balance squish and structure, why compositionally matters, and explore the potential of treating models as small, single-purpose reasoning engines.

Maggie is speaking on day three, June 20th

Day three focuses on DesignOps and Design Systems.