Weeknotes 170; learning from robots

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Last week was for an important part dedicated to ThingsCon preparations. The student competition was as big as last year and the evening program was an experiment to organize in a different tool than the usual Zoom or Big Bleu Button. SpatialChat worked rather well for shaping an environment that did not feel like the usual online space, you can really wander around and meet people, have a chat in one corner etc. Also, the presentations of the student projects in a Spatial exhibition worked very well. The staging environment can use some more interaction, but it also worked pretty well. So happy to have made the decision to organize even without the in-person program we were looking forward to so much… Hopefully we can do that again next year in an edition just before summer.

I expect/hope we will have an after-movie ready next week, or before the Christmas break at the latest.

We are running towards the end of the year, so I don’t think there are a lot of events or meetups to visit. I just ran into a short session organized by David ‘New World Same Human’ Mattin, reflecting on the trends of the coming year I think. It is that time of year, see also the first article below.

That is the one thing I ran into, maybe I should check some of the talks that are still in my ‘watch later youtube list, like Neil Stephenson, a documentary on the first smartphoneMorozovRethinking HumanityWiny Maas

Or just read all the articles of last week. Via Revue.

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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.