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Iskander Smit - Issue #63

Weeks pass by… The last weeks Ashlee started absorbing all that is happening within LABS, to get plan
Iskander Smit - Issue #63
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Weeks pass by… The last weeks Ashlee started absorbing all that is happening within LABS, to get planning future research and embedding the activities even more into the work of the Info.nl TEAMS.
Highlights of the last weeks were the ThingsCon Salon on making. A very nice edition with a lively workshop and two lovely speakers. Listen also to the podcast of Raft ‘Let’s Fix Things’ that was recorded live at the Salon.
We set out our first outlines for the research project that will the subject of my visiting professor role at TU Delft.
Together with Ashlee I attended STRP Conference for the Curious with some interesting speakers, with Tobias Revell as my favorite. Kevin Kelly did update his long term vision again and spiced it up with AI developments. It is a strong vision that remains still very relevant.
There are a couple of events that took up preparation work. First of all ThingsCon Shenzhen. Really looking forward to this trip. We will have lots of insights I expect and we will share them on the fly, but we are also planning a knowledge session to share the experiences from both SXSW as Shenzhen on May 1. RSVP here.
Then there is Behavior Design AMS. We had some great speakers last Thursday and a very nice panel discussion. Another great edition we had I think. Read also the blogpost of Kars.
And last week we were busy with IoT Rotterdam, connected to the IoT Days. I did a presentation on Monday and co-organised the Data & the Self hackathon.
The final session of the Breitner Academy research on transdisciplinary labs was last Wednesday. We developed a first rough version of an education program for high school students.
At Easter we did a special Easter hunt at Fort bij Edam. Very successful. The format of 15 stamps on one location as a hunt is very suitable for Stampions.
This morning I drove very early to Breda to do a presentation for the kick-off of a course on intelligent smart systems, where I presented on Internet of Things and the new things for 100 students.
From the last weeks of news I picked a couple of interesting reads…

aiai AI
The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI
Algorithm Can Design Your New Home For $250
Google robots are here to help you draw
Apple and other revolutions
Apple Said to Near Road Tests of Self-Driving Car Software
A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better VR Sooner Than You Think
To think about...
A few thoughts on smart cities today
Rash of in-the-wild attacks permanently destroys poorly secured IoT devices
OK, Google, You’re Creeping Me Out: Advertising in the Age of Voice Devices
Why the best product managers don’t build the features their users ask for.
Vijf adviezen aan het nieuwe kabinet om de informatiesamenleving succesvol te besturen «  Bits of Freedom
Curiosity is our product – Leapfroglog
And misc
Funding for Connected & Autonomous Vehicle Pilot...
When Pixels Collide
Hope to see you at!
Around the World w/ labs: SXSW, Shenzhen, and the Creative Embassy
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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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