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Target_is_New - Issue #193

Target_is_New - Issue #193
By Iskander Smit • Issue #193 • View online
Hi all. Last week of May. It seems that every organizer of events that normally take place in wintertime has moved their events to this period. Just like we did with ThingsCon; you know it when lot of the supporting functions are already booked. It makes the organizing a bit busier.
Speaking of which; the ThingsCon program starts to round up. We need some final sessions to confirm and it looks very nice I think. If you missed it, check it out!
Last week was dedicated to the Munich workshop as described in last week’s newsletter. We had some tours in the city on Tuesday to check two potential neighborhoods for the Collect|Connect Community Hub we are developing as field lab project. The Kreativ Quartier is an old industry place with lots of creative companies, maker spaces, theaters etc. It will also have dwellings in the future so it is maybe more for later a place for the hub we foresee, but it is a nice place to visit when in Munich. Same goes definitely for the area ‘behind’ Ostbahnhof. Back in 2004 when I visited Munich for the first time it was still a abandoned industry area turned into nightlife, now it becomes a typical creative place with offices and new dwellings mixed together. They left some of the old factories in that mix which gives it good vibes. A new building like this one by MVDRV that won some prizes makes it also worthwhile to check out.
For our community hub we will look in some adjacent living areas like Obergiesing or Haidhausen; thanks to our guide from the municipality of Munich we got a good feel for the places. I am looking forward to being back a next time! I might reconsider the train as a travel option; I have had huge delays on every trip I had in the last year (3 times). On the other hand, avoiding flying is a good habit of course.
I also visited a symposium on a new European research program that is set up on Inclusive Smart Mobility Hubs. Definite something to keep following; curious to see how it will develop further. It still needs some clear definitions for what hubs are but it looks like a nice consortium. The first research results on smart mobility typologies can be found here, including an open data platform they introduced to collect insights into all kinds of hubs.
We also visited some galleries and events of Rotterdam Art Week. We skipped the main event just like last year, and it is not easy to find out all of the side programs, but as a tip for next year: The New Current was again a collection of very nice work. My favorites this year were Tina Farifteh, Carl Rethman, and the work of Nath, Smink & Acket.
Events for the coming week
As mentioned, I will visit Micromobility next week. I bought my tickets for the special early bird price luckily as they are raised substantially after…
Work in the Metaverse is later today. Sounds a bit hyped but I think this institute is ok.
I will be visiting a symposium on “Gebruiksgerichte Mobiliteitsdiensten” at TU Delft today.
Back to in-person events is AiTech Agora; with Alessandro Bozzon this week.
I have never visited yet a Creative Morning in Rotterdam (and will not do this time, but I keep it on the list).
If you are into art; this piece Sun & Sea was one of the most popular Venice Art Biennale back in 2019; and not in a quite unique place in Rotterdam.
And if you are in the North of Italy, you might check this out.
If you are into academic IoT, don’t forget the call for paper deadline of this conference later this year.
News of last week
Now let’s go quickly through the captured news of last week.

Algae-powered computer runs for a year on light and water
Barcelona bets on ‘digital twin’ as future of city planning – POLITICO
AMD launches Kria KR260 robotics starter kit - The Robot Report
Apple’s VR Headset Gets Closer to Actual Reality | WIRED
Apple shipped me a 79-pound iPhone repair kit to fix a 1.1-ounce battery - The Verge
The AI and the Tree | booktwo.org
Robot can fly, swim or hitch a ride by sticking to other objects | New Scientist
Using everyday WiFi to help robots see and navigate better indoors
Building a Better Middleman – O’Reilly
Paper for the week
I need to mention the new paper for the Aitech research group:
“The concept of meaningful human control has been proposed to address responsibility gaps and mitigate them by establishing conditions that enable a proper attribution of responsibility for humans; however, clear requirements for researchers, designers, and engineers are yet inexistent, making the development of AI-based systems that remain under meaningful human control challenging.”
“Meaningful human control: actionable properties for AI system development”
Cavalcante Siebert, L., Lupetti, M. L., Aizenberg, E., Beckers, N., Zgonnikov, A., Veluwenkamp, H., … & Lagendijk, R. L. (2022). Meaningful human control: actionable properties for AI system development. AI and Ethics, 1-15.
See you next week!
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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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