Welcome to another edition of the weekly update on all things interesting around – mainly – IoT, AI, autonomous, companions in tech, tech impact in life, and cities. I am realizing this is quite a broad scope, or might sound like it, but it is generally saying what my interest is that drives the articles I share hear every week. It works as extended memory for me too and also a way to filter. I skip now for instance a lot of the new variations on a robotic gizmo that is not really adding anything, or is not even a true robot. The combining element is that it is about tech (mostly) influencing our dealing with reality. Not only seeing reality or using different tools for the same old principles.
That said, in the end, it is a personal selection that triggers me as new and impactful, and not a strongly themed filter. That is one of the reasons I did not change this newsletter to Cities of Things, how close that theme is with my personal filter. I created a separate Monthly version for that.
Enough meta introduction. As usual also a look back to last week. Working on the field lab Amsterdam-Munich is an important part. We will have an official moment on 11 October in Munich that the Letter of Intent for the prolonged creative exchange program between the cities is signed. That makes the work on establishing the field lab even more official (we did already start discussing it with the different consortium partners for some time), and ramping up, even more, to connect to more Munich partners. I will create a special page on the initiative this week so will let you know in next week’s newsletter.
In the coming semester, I will be supervising graduation students at the Delft University of Technology again. One of them (Mohamed Fayed) kicked off his project last week – designing safe routes in sensing smart cities – is done in corporation with AMS institute’s Responsible Sensing Lab. What if the security cameras can be shuttered by citizens, or even more interesting, what if the control of the cameras is delegated to passing citizens that like to create a safe route. Does that make sense, what interactions will that trigger, and what will it do with the experience of the street? Specifically, a second-order agenda is to make the current owners of the cameras more aware of switching them on and off.Continue reading Weeknotes 158; intelligences and dogbots