Weeknotes 145 – gazing robots

Hello all! Welcome to new subscribers. Let’s dive into a quick recap of last week and a look forward to this week, before checking out the most interesting news-bites.

Within the Delft Design Lab Cities of Things Jim graduated on his project everydAI (An AI assistant supporting balance between work and personal activities to increase wellbeing in the home office), very relevant in these times. Check out this short movie to see what he has built.

We also continued working on the field lab activities Amsterdam-Munich. We are planning a workshop for partners, and also organize a short symposium at MAB20 on 2 July. We also closed the submissions for the workshop we organize at the same conference on subversive city manual. We have cool submissions and already looking forward.

On a personal note; I got my Covid vaccination! With the Janssen version so only one injection is needed. Good to see that the speed of vaccinating here in the Netherlands is catching up. I hope we will reach a level that there is no need for individual passports with all its consequences, that we as a society as a whole are protected. We’ll see.

We are still in the mode of an online life, especially with events. This week is kind of crazy as it seems that ‘everyone’ is organising their events in this week. Just like last week, I probably will miss a lot. I plan to check out the online expo of STRP festival at least, hopefully also some of the special evenings. Dutch Technology Week is a new thing that I discovered last year when we were planning a ThingsCon event that did not happen. I need to check the program still. The Global Foresight Summit themed ‘Beyond Uncertainty’ is also happening. This session on Moral Machines organized by Iohanna and Filippo is very nice; I don’t know if there is still capacity. For Dutch speaking and media interested, there is a NPO Innovatie Festival on Thursday too (probably scratching the surface). If you are more into movies, check out the summer edition of IFFR, here in Rotterdam.

So no need to be bored :) I hope you still have some time left for reading. Here are some finds from last week. Let me also mention that I will publish this week a more reflective post on the Cities of Things newsletter. Feel invited to subscribe if you haven’t yet.

News from Google I/O, a Ford electric truck that is not positioned as a phone on wheels, but as a battery on wheels, and some interesting long-reads. Find the links in the newsletter.

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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.