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Target_is_New - Issue #201

Target_is_New - Issue #201
By Iskander Smit • Issue #201 • View online
Hi! End of July already. Here and in the rest of Europe at least we see that the proof of a changing climate is happening. It is hot again…
In this summer vacation week, there is not so much to tell about events as they are not happening. I have had nice conversations about the field labs MUC AMS and C010 and am starting up a new activity, having a role at this start-up. Let’s share more later. Also collected some good stuff around Web3 from different perspectives. I am writing a report on this for a not-for-profit financial institution.
I finally finished Ways of Being, a bit later than planned. I liked it a lot, James is always adding different lenses on the things happening, which is inspiring and applicable.
All these activities will continue in the coming months I expect in maybe different focus/balance.
Not much to do at events. I skipped General Seminar for this time as with the time difference it starts end of the evening. You might have a look at some conferences in September like NEXT (Hamburg) and two golden oldies returning: dConstruct (Brighton) and Interesting (London).
News captured from last week
Quite a lot. On robotics and autonomous vehicles mainly this week though.

OpenAI Says It's Fine to Sell Images Made With DALL-E 2
Reconfigurable Mobile Robot for Manipulation Tasks in Cluttered Environments
Baidu unveils autonomous vehicle without steering wheel
On the Way to Solving the Big Data Problem in Autonomous Driving
Tesla Tackles Potholes, Autonomous Trucking Pressures Gavin Newsom, & More
Helping Robots Learn On The Fly With Augmented Data
CMU researchers teach robots to do chores by watching humans - ==
6 AI robot products for aging in place home care
Engineers Give Soft Robots a Heart
Robot dog learns to walk in one hour | Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
Open Lecture at CIID: “Keeping up with the Kardashevians”
Paper for this week
In line with the lots of news on human-nonhuman relationships and forms of intelligence, this paper fits the discourse.
“Building artificial intelligence (AI) that aligns with human values is an unsolved problem. Here we developed a human-in-the-loop research pipeline called Democratic AI, in which reinforcement learning is used to design a social mechanism that humans prefer by the majority.”
Koster, R., Balaguer, J., Tacchetti, A., Weinstein, A., Zhu, T., Hauser, O., … & Summerfield, C. (2022). Human-centered mechanism design with Democratic AI. arXiv preprint arXiv:2201.11441
See you next week; still not on vacation :)
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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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