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Iskander Smit - Issue #61

Last month quite a lot happened at LABS and with ThingsCon Amsterdam. For the latter we established a
Iskander Smit - Issue #61
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Last month quite a lot happened at LABS and with ThingsCon Amsterdam. For the latter we established a foundation as of February to be even better suited for organising all our activities this year. Still with the same mission to foster the creation of a human-centric and responsible IoT (I cannot repeat that enough). The board is formed by Marcel Schouwenaar, Monique Dusseldorp and myself. Feels like a milestone!
Lots of plans for TCAMS. Check out our next Salon 23 March on the Future of Making, and our Shenzhen trip end of April. We organised already our first Salon on January 27 on Fashion tech, which turned out to be a very nice edition again. Thanks to all speakers and attendees! Find a short report here, and also some reflections on the connection of the topic with LABS.
So talking on LABS; since the last newsletter the BIT Students delivered a second iteration of the software platform for TaSST haptic sleeves with a dashboard and algorithmic signal filtering. Two new groups of students from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences started projects. One on haptic feedback patterns for bootcamps, and the other on an exploration into Progressive Web Apps, the new mobile approach introduced by Google.
Sietse organised another round of barbeque sessions to prototype and learn for his graduation project designing a connected bbq. His design explorations are now cummulating in a nice open system with signature touchpoints. He wil be entering the last phase of the project soon.
We are also still planning the next Behavior Design AMS meetup. We have invited some interesting speakers but are still open for suggestions. Melanie and Marlon are part of the organising team of this edition.
We will also be organising an pop-up ThingsCon Salon with LABS at SXSW in the Dutch pavilion, so if you are at SXSW this year, and want to hear all on new platform things with beyond screen interactions, be there Sunday 12 March 1 pm.
To close. On a personal title I helped Kars organise the first session of Tech Solidarity NL. We think it is important to keep a critical standpoint on the global but especially the local political and societal developments. We like to explore what we can do as tech professionals to be prepared in the current state of alternative realities and breaking down diversity. The news below is also highly influenced with these. More information on this page, also how to join.

Reading, reading...
Will not go in all the stuff published last month, but focus last week and some of the interesting pieces.
Fake news and more influencing tech
The Rise of the Weaponized AI Propaganda Machine
The Mark Zuckerberg Manifesto: Great for Facebook, Bad for Journalism
Facebook launches fake news filter in France
Bigger shifts
The AI Threat Isn't Skynet. It's the End of the Middle Class
The Sensor-Based Economy
Don’t kill us, R2-D2: MEPs warn against robot revolt – POLITICO
Apple, ARM, and the coming of the hybrid Mac - Six Colors
Strategy and design
Snap’s Apple Strategy
There are a dozen ways to order a coffee. Why do dumb bots only allow one?
To close, check these coming events
ThingsCon Salon #7 - Making the future
shenzhen - ThingsCon Amsterdam ThingsCon Amsterdam
Dit zijn de 10 belangrijkste techevents in 2017 die je niet mag missen
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Iskander Smit

I am working @Infonl as innovation director and leading @LABSinfonl, also blogger @targetisnew, co-organising @ThingsConAMS & Behavior Design AMS meetup #bdams
Visiting professor TU Delft Industrial Design Engineering (Connected Everyday Lab) @pact_tudelft

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