Weeknotes 139; control paradox with helpful AI

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I was interviewed this morning from Japan, for the Privacy Talk YouTube channel. I will share the interview here as soon as it is online. Thanks, Kohei Kurihara for inviting me. It was also nice to revisit the article of 2017 I wrote at the beginning of the research program Cities of Things. It still describes nicely the motivations of the research activities!

As promised I published a post on the results of the Designing Connected Experiences minor of bachelor students Industrial Design, including reflections.I attend the NGI Forward session with Alicia Asin, CEO of IoT platform Libelium. An interesting takeaway was the clear opinion of the role of 5G for IoT; there is a big impediment for that now, as the energy consumption would make it impossible for simple products. There is however also a promise in the increasing combination of IoT and AI that might be used for more efficient use of energy. She sees finally a change towards more mature applications of IoT, going beyond the proof of concept stage. Something that I recognize from the practice at INFO.

On Wednesday I joined the AIxDesign meetup. I missed earlier editions which is too bad. An interesting series of meetups I think. This edition dealt with architecture. Of buildings, not of software. The speaker was Klara Vatn, Head of Design in the Oslo-based startup Spacemaker. A design-supporting tool for architects. Both in ideating new urban layouts as a helpful partner in detailing certain aspects like sunlight calculations. She used the metaphor of an AI on your shoulder not to take over but to help with advice and coaching. Also interesting how she was explaining how the black box of AI was fragmented and divided among different elements of the design process. Remaining a black box but with more connection as it is more specific.

Before diving into captured news of last week, let me invite you again the workshop this Thursday on Code of Trust for IoT. Join us for a session on Code of Trust for connected objects, organized by Eindhoven Internet of Things meetup in partnership with ThingsCon.

Continue reading via the newsletter at Revue. With amongst others: People may trust computers more than humans, Amsterdam’s ethical sensing plan is a model for smart cities, AI ethicist Kate Darling: ‘Robots can be our partners’, and the weekly round-up of new helpful robots.

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I am a design director at Structural. I curate and organize ThingsCon Netherlands and I am chairman of the Cities of Things Foundation. Before I was innovation and strategy 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.

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