Orit Halpern is a Strategic Hire in Interactive Theory and Design and Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University, Montreal. Her work bridges the histories of science, computing, and cybernetics with design and art practice. She is also Co-director of the Speculative Life Research Cluster, a research-creation laboratory situated at the intersection of the computational and environmental sciences, design, and anthropology. Her recent publication, Beautiful Data (2015), is a history of interactivity, data visualization, and ubiquitous computing. She is currently working on two books; the first is a history and theory of smartness, and the second is about extreme infrastructures, resilience, and speculation. She has also published and created works for a variety of venues including e-flux Architecture, Rhizome, Journal of Visual Culture, Public Culture, and ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany.