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Iskander Smit - Issue #62

Going places… Tomorrow I will travel to Austin for SXSW for the 5th time. Just like last year I will
Iskander Smit - Issue #62
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Going places… Tomorrow I will travel to Austin for SXSW for the 5th time. Just like last year I will host a workshop, this year as part of the Dutch pavilion
The workshop is a kind of pop-up ThingsCon Salon. The format of a workshop on a specific topic and incorporate the thinking on human-centric and responsible IoT. 
We will have another Salon in Amsterdam on the 23rd on the future of making. Including a workshop on the NB-IoT and the context. Last thing to mention on ThingsCon is the Shenzhen trip. We have a nice group of people joining us end of April to this Silicon Valley of the hardware. If you still considering, we close registrations end of this week, and have only a couple of spots left.
LABS is also involved again in organising the hackathon that is part of IoT Rotterdam, as we did before the last 3 years. Program looks great, website will be up soon, but you can save the dates: 10 April with keynotes and workshops, and 11 April for the hackathon.
I did a presentation on the work of LABS yesterday at CrossMediaCafe of iMMovator. Video will be up soon probably. I zoomed in on the work on haptics of the last years and demoed the TaSST. Talking on TaSST and social touch technology: Gijs Huisman successfully defended his PhD work. Congrats again!
Being in Enschede I took the opportunity to have a chat with Frank Kresin in his new role managing the Design Lab. Planning interesting stuff there.
There was another session of the Co-ReUS project where we dived more into the aspects of adaptive objects that will change the character of the Arena Boulevard in quite times.
In the meantime Sietse has received green lights to finish his graduation, so his last phase started. The Mobile Development team is up and running diving deep in progressive web apps prototyping for one of our clients, and the Intelligent Environment team defined their research on helping people with the right posture and moves in bootcamps.
Let me also share already some good news. We found a very good research coordinator for LABS that will be helping out structuring the applied research activities. She will be starting end of the month and I am really looking forward working together. And I will be taking a role as visiting professor at TU Delft IDE. Will tell more on the research program in the next newsletter I expect.
To close this update, let me share some of the noteworthy news of last week(s).

Bots with a face
How tech giants are using AI to prevent self-harm and suicide
Fighting fake news. Or not?
Google’s featured snippets are worse than fake news
Defense Against the Dark Arts: Networked Propaganda and Counter-Propaganda
And further
Amazon’s web servers are down and it’s causing trouble across the internet
Serious Cloudflare bug exposed a potpourri of secret customer data
And to repeat the coming events
ThingsCon Salon workshop at SXSW
Thingscon Goes Shenzhen
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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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