Dear subscribers, another slow holiday edition.
Or maybe not so slow at all… The number of meetings is less that is for sure, so more time to process the research on design (city)things with predictive knowledge. Started coding the results of the interviews with Atlas.ti, a new tool for me (thanks Kars), and expecting some learning curves there…
I listened in to two talks at the ‘Interactive Future Exhibition’, the yearly end presentations of the students of Interactive Media Design at hDa, one of our returning partners at ThingsCon. For obvious reasons the second year, I could check it out online.
First off was Simone Rebaudengo who is one of the most interesting designers combining the Things Centered Design insights in his design practice. But he also does a great job reflecting on it. Check out his little book Everything is Someone, also the title of the talk. He shared practical survival skills for design in the near future where everything is kind of someone. In short 3 skills:
- Stop thinking of ‘users’
- Find a way to experience the world from something else’s point of view
- Think of the mundanity of the future of Everything
On Friday I also watched the talk by Paul Coulton and Michael Stead on designing sustainability. On defuturing-futures (beware of the future cone, as there is more than a preferable future to explore), avoid colonizing futures, and beware to live in the future; the present is the only place you can be actionable.
They end with three rights of AI Things inspired on the famous Asimov Robot Rules:
- Right to sustain its own existence as long as this action does not negatively impact upon Earth’s sustainability
- Right to sustain the existence of fellow AI-augmented Things as long as this action doe not conflict with its First Right
- Right to end its existence as long as this action does not negatively impact upon Earth’s sustainability and/or the existence of fellow AI-augmented Things.
I think that there is a clear connection between the two talks. And also in the work of Cities of Things Foundation.Continue reading Weeknotes 153; more mundane robotics and related