By Iskander Smit

Target_is_New - Issue #191





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Target_is_New - Issue #191
By Iskander Smit • Issue #191 • View online
Hi all. I hope you had a good week. My week was all about preparing and proposing and some student coaching. In short.
And ThingsCon Summer Edition is now in less than five weeks, so this is one of the moments in the organizing process it starts to accelerate a bit. Completing the program, discussing with speakers and hosts, finding nice projects to show at the exhibition, building the website etc., don’t forget to check the schedule. The early bird offer ended last week, but I made a discount code for 25%, especially for newsletter subscribers here. This offers ends this Sunday, 15 May. Registration via the website and use the code TC22-25procent
Enough promotion :-)
Not that many events this week that reached me.
This evening in Amsterdam, there is a very promising workshop by Speculative Future Amsterdam on a super relevant topic: Unintended Consequences by Smart Things
Also, this evening a webinar linked to the release of a new book by Kevin Driscoll: The Modem World. With time differences somewhere in the evening.
Wednesday, Sensemakers AMS is having a DIY session.
Following Monday, we have our workshop of the MUC AMS field lab Cities of Things in Munich as part of MCBW, so if you are nearby…
News of last week
Ok, time to dive into the exciting news items of last week with the usual mix of robotics and -this week a bit more- autonomous driving vehicles.

Predicting Others’ Behavior on the Road With Artificial Intelligence
Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Apple over practices regarding Apple Pay
Report shows that Amazon uses data from Alexa smart speakers to serve targeted ads
Newly-developed lensless camera uses neural network and transformer to produce sharper images faster: Digital Photography Review
Meta has built a massive new language AI—and it's giving it away for free
Cruise's robotaxis now cover 70% of San Francisco - The Robot Report
Apple Hopes to Solve Motion Sickness In Self-Driving Cars Using Virtual Reality
A visit to the human factory
Virtual reality ‘answering machine’ records the real world while you’re in VR
FTX's Steph Curry Ad Is the First Honest Celebrity Crypto Commercial
How to build neighborhoods we actually like
Radar trends to watch: May 2022
Paper for this week
One of the sessions at ThingsCon will dive into “Animistic Design”. Looking into possible speakers this paper was suggested: Robotic Improvisers: Rule-Based Improvisation and Emergent Behaviour in HRI
A super interesting topic again. “A key challenge in human-robot interaction (HRI) design is to create and sustain engaging social interactions. This paper argues that improvisational techniques from the performing arts can address this challenge. Contrary to the ways in which improvisation is generally used in social robotics, we propose an understanding of improvisational techniques as based on rules that shape motion choices.”
Alcubilla Troughton, I., Baraka, K., Hindriks, K., & Bleeker, M. (2022, March). Robotic Improvisers: Rule-Based Improvisation and Emergent Behaviour in HRI. In Proceedings of the 2022 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 561-569).
Find the paper PDF here.
See you next week (from Munich)
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Iskander Smit

Weekly updates on human-tech interactions in robotics, ai, autonomous vehicles, cities, and beyond.
I am working @_Structural as a design director and chair Cities of Things foundation, co-organizing @ThingsCon.

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