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Target_is_New - Issue #139

Target_is_New - Issue #139
By Iskander Smit • Issue #139 • View online
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I was interviewed this morning from Japan, for the Privacy Talk YouTube channel. I will share the interview here as soon as it is online. Thanks, Kohei Kurihara for inviting me. It was also nice to revisit the article of 2017 I wrote at the beginning of the research program Cities of Things. It still describes nicely the motivations of the research activities!
As promised I published a post on the results of the Designing Connected Experiences minor of bachelor students Industrial Design, including reflections.
I attend the NGI Forward session with Alicia Asin, CEO of IoT platform Libelium. An interesting takeaway was the clear opinion of the role of 5G for IoT; there is a big impediment for that now, as the energy consumption would make it impossible for simple products. There is however also a promise in the increasing combination of IoT and AI that might be used for more efficient use of energy. She sees finally a change towards more mature applications of IoT, going beyond the proof of concept stage. Something that I recognize from the practice at INFO.
On Wednesday I joined the AIxDesign meetup. I missed earlier editions which is too bad. An interesting series of meetups I think. This edition dealt with architecture. Of buildings, not of software. The speaker was Klara Vatn, Head of Design in the Oslo-based startup Spacemaker. A design-supporting tool for architects. Both in ideating new urban layouts as a helpful partner in detailing certain aspects like sunlight calculations. She used the metaphor of an AI on your shoulder not to take over but to help with advice and coaching. Also interesting how she was explaining how the black box of AI was fragmented and divided among different elements of the design process. Remaining a black box but with more connection as it is more specific.
Before diving into captured news of last week, let me invite you again the workshop this Thursday on Code of Trust for IoT. Join us for a session on Code of Trust for connected objects, organized by Eindhoven Internet of Things meetup in partnership with ThingsCon.

Eindhoven IoT & ThingsCon: Trust Toolkit Workshop Series: CODE OF TRUST | Meetup
Let's start with AI and control
People may trust computers more than humans
Control Creep: When the Data Always Travels, So Do the Harms
And the city context
Amsterdam's ethical sensing plan is a model for smart cities - Stacey on IoT | Internet of Things news and analysis
And the weekly robots roundup
RICE Autonomous Delivery Robot
‘Like science fiction,’ Seattle startup sends laser-equipped robots to zap weeds on farmland | The Seattle Times
Cleveron unveils semi-autonomous delivery robot
Memic raises $96M for its robot-assisted surgery platform
Walmart invests in self-driving startup Cruise | Ars Technica
That rounds up this week's newsletter...
Thanks for reading. Maybe I see you around this week at the Apple Event, or the New European Bauhaus session. And if you are not watching the Apple event or the press conference in the Netherlands, IoT London is having an online gathering on Tuesday too. And Wednesday Sensemakers AMS is having a special edition on Auto Machine Learning & Security at the Edge.
Hope to have interesting experiences to share next week!
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Iskander Smit

I am working @Infonl as a research director, and chair Cities of Things, blogger Target_is_New, co-organizing @ThingsCon.
Visiting researcher at TU Delft Industrial Design Engineering.

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