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Target_is_New - Issue #151

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I will not travel for vacation till half of August, hopefully, it will be possible to travel still outside the country, we will see. I keep posting these weekly updates, curious to see how much news there is happening. Personally, I will take some time to write up the research on predictive relations from the last year. The student projects at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and the Delft University of Technology provide insights in shaping a design approach to predictive relations. So I hope to be able to share more end of summer.
Looking back at last week, let me first gratulate Meike Kuipers on her graduation on designing a handbook for the Seabubbles. This new autonomous sailing public transport will trigger a new form of booking and with that is in need for a different approach to the docks. Meike looked into this in the context of Drechtsteden area and did some nice simulations. Still, a lot to explore.
Also last week we had the workshop for Cities of Things AMS-MUC Creative Embassy with our German partners of Munich Urban Colab and municipalities. It was a fruitful exchange of ideas and getting to know possible German partners in the consortium. Thanks for hosting us!
The last two things to mention here as an update from Cities of Things; for those interested, I updated the website to reflect more on the current activities of the foundation and the field labs. Next to that, I wrote the monthly newsletter on Cities of Things specifically. Subscribe to get in your email, or read it on the website.
As summer kicks in the number of events are quite low, almost non-existent. The ProductTank AMS is a meetup that is running for years, sometimes I attend to keep up with this community. Tonite there is one on continuous discovery strategies. So if you are into that, check it out.
Ok, let’s check out the news of last week.

Personal touch to tech
BMW iX debuts all-new intelligent, multisensorial idrive user experience
This Star Wars-Inspired E-Skin Lets Robots ‘Feel’ Objects
AI voice actors sound more human than ever—and are ready to hire
Fitbits Detect Lasting Changes After Covid-19
The Flemish Scrollers, 2021
Horseless carriage robots
The future of self-driving? Maybe less like Elon Musk and more like Domino's pizza robots
Beyond intelligence
A Global Smart-City Competition Highlights China’s Rise in AI
Tech life routines bits
Wishing you a great week, or vacation, or both!
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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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