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Target_is_New - Issue #137

Happy easter!
I do a short weekly update this week as I am ‘celebrating’ easter (as in being off from work-related activities as much as possible).
As you know my activities are mainly related to the Cities of Things research and spin-off activities. That is also recognizable in this newsletter. I concluded a while ago that the topic would deserve a dedicated newsletter, but I value this weekly routine a lot too. So I decided to keep both without copying the one to the other. This one will keep the focus on weekly updates on activities and news captured placed in the context of my interests. The Cities of Things newsletter will be published once a month and take one topic to dive a bit deeper. I hope this will work out :-) The first monthly Cities of Things newsletter has been published on ‘cities of things with a black-box character’.
It has also a relation to the NGI event I joined last Monday: on explainability, an interesting article by Beatrice Fazi. In her philosophical study, she looks amongst others to the autonomy of automation. Check the article here.
As said, I keep it short. Let me share some articles.

The weekly new robots
Robot lizard can quickly climb a wall just like the real things
Chipotle invests in self-driving startup Nuro as it prepares for delivery’s future
Robot delivery ‘drivers’ are officially roaming around Downtown Miami
Robot Dogs to Have Their Day — on Florida Base
A robot that senses hidden objects
Scientists Create the Next Generation of Living Robots
And other related news
And looking to the coming week. Next to giving a kick-off for the students at AVANS doing the Smart Systems minor, I will attend IoT Rotterdam as much as possible. As announced before, Pieter and I will do a masterclass on Friday on Responsible Design for Networked Objects
And I am looking forward to the presentation of 8 teams of bachelor industrial design students on the Things That Predict topic. More on that in next week’s update for sure!
Have an inspirational week!
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Iskander Smit
Iskander Smit @iskandr

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

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