A short and quick weeknotes as I am a bit in a holiday mode as everyone. Last week, we had some ThingsCon after, but mainly it was about catching up with the other work. Having updates with the graduation students and speaking to students that like to do new projects. Good to see more students find their way than we can cater to the Cities of Things Lab.
Making plans for 2021 more concrete was another thing. I might be updating more on that later.
Also, as you do in these times for holidays start; three sessions to end the year. With INFO’s colleagues, including a ‘Secret Sinta’ celebration, with TU Delft IDE with some quizzes and with the Connected Everyday Lab.
Interesting observation; will the year of the virtual meeting lead to the year of the digital avatar? I see more and more that we are creating a digital cover-up layer between the real world that creates the opportunity to modify the experience on the fly. Like with spacial audio, with deep fake and also with digital avatars too.
“Scientists have digitally rebuilt the brain of a dinosaur, revealing “surprising” insights into its diet and behavior.“Two thoughts: This is a super interesting way to learn about dinosaurs.And this might be an indicator how we are developing evolutionary into the creating nature like intelligence. We have some time to go…
Box 023: 150-Year Interface – The Bounding BoxI like the experimental arty explorations of Tobias Revell. He is now updating us in his project on the bounding box.“The Bounding Box refers to the lower-polygon structure around a 3D object used to more efficiently compute interactions.”
More robot-doggies. Logical place of operation: the army. “The Air Force is officially putting robot dogs into operational use. Here’s how they will be used today and how they will likely be used tomorrow.”
“Unlike other robot dogs on the market, it’s meant to interact socially with its owners. Through the company’s blockchain-enabled decentralized AI infrastructure, the robot dog is meant to serve a multitude of purposes: family companion, seeing-eye dog, a vigilant guard dog, or a powerful supercomputer capable of solving complex problems.”I got interested with with the social interactions, but got a bit annoyed with the buzz-word bingo that follows…
The right touch….“We characterize the performance on both detection and decoupling of deformation modes, by implementing both a simple algorithm of threshold evaluation and a machine learning technique based on an artificial neural network. The proposed soft sensor is able to estimate eight different deformation modes with accuracies higher than 95%.”
“Now, researchers in the University of Georgia College of Engineering have designed a new soft robotic gripper that draws inspiration from an unusual source: pole beans”More touch-sensitiveness in robots.
Not surprising, still disturbing….“Alibaba’s website for its cloud computing business showed how clients could use its software to detect the faces of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities within images and videos”
“The OS never got much traction aside from a small number of smart speakers and displays.”Indeed, the question is what is the reason it doesn’t got the traction. HomeKit of Apple seems to be picked up more and more. Maybe the market for smart home devices is more a Apple-premium market still? Or, is not so much a OS-related thing, and is integrated in the products more than in the remote… The move to the edge so to say….
Will bitcoin be a way for Africa to leapfrog a finance system again after the mobile payments?“The increased awareness and availability of easy-to-use bitcoin platforms to Nigerians have largely increased bitcoin liquidity in the country”
And to close: Check the new newsletter of Monique if you like to keep updated on the future of events and beyond.
This week will be slow. On Tuesday though I might tune in to hear from David Li what is the current state of innovations in Shenzen. David is running the Shenzen Open Innovation Lab and was our host for the ThingsCon research trip we did back in 2017. Rob van Kranenburg invited him for a NGI deep dive coming Tuesday. Next week will be holiday time so expect the next newsletter January 4 again! Have some relaxing holidays.
Iskander Smit is an innovation director at tech and innovation agency INFO, visiting researcher and lab director at the Delft University of Technology coordinating Cities of Things Delft Design Lab, and chairman and organizer of ThingsCon Netherlands.
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