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Target_is_New - Issue #120

Almost without noticing whole days become zoom-days (aka Whereby, BBB, Teams), slurping time from wri
Target_is_New - Issue #120
By Iskander Smit • Issue #120 • View online
Almost without noticing whole days become zoom-days (aka Whereby, BBB, Teams), slurping time from writing these weeknotes among others…
But I don’t complain. I will keep the update itself a bit shorter as I think I saw some interesting articles pass by that I captured in my Instapaper for reviewing for this newsletter.
It was a nice week for building on the ThingsCon annual conference. The program is now really coming together, and I’m happy sessions are getting real shape. See the program page on our website, and especially check the latest edition of a walk and talk session, listen instead of watch the speakers, and emerge the topic of shaping physical audio experiences together with a nice stroll in your own neighborhood… Happy to have experienced podcast maker Sam Warnaars doing the interviews, and we have made a nice list of speakers to invite. We also opened registrations for the workshops on Monday that has a limited capacity, so don’t wait if you are into making!
Speaking of podcasts; we are planning one for ThingsCon too, interviewing the contributors to the RIOT publication. Dries invited me to write a piece with him so we taped a podcast too, published somewhere in the coming months.
I also mentioned that I was looking forward to another interesting AiTech Agora lunch presentation, and it was indeed insightful. I did not make notes but luckily the sessions are recorded and accessible for everyone to check via this youtube-channel (although the one of last week is not yet uploaded).
Oh and I did watch the M1 event of Apple, the introduction of their own chip. Was it a milestone or an underwhelming introduction? It was very Apple in how strategic product changes are made. Putting only new chips in an old body stresses the differences, with extended battery life as most significant. And at the same time does not overpromise the shift as a lot of software needs to be changed and changes often are planned gradually. No need to run for the stores now but it is still a disrupting shift. For Intel.
Ok before looking ahead to next week, here is what I captured from the news.

Life in the automated society: How automated decision-making systems became mainstream, and what to do about it
Grimes Wants You to Get More Sleep, She Made a Baby A.I. Lullaby
Etsy's Face Mask Honeypot
The coming week will look a lot like last week. A mix of meeting with students, preparing ThingsCon conference, and also do the third Salon in the series on the Trust Toolkit on Thursday.
I might also try to check a session or two from ICSR2020, on social robotics. One of the academic conferences that are easier to attend now in online mode.
Enjoy your week!
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Iskander Smit

I am working @Infonl as innovation director, also blogger, co-organising @ThingsCon & Behavior Design AMS meetup #bdams
Visiting professor TU Delft Industrial Design Engineering (

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