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Target_is_New - Issue #69

Target_is_New - Issue #69
By Iskander Smit • Issue #69 • View online
So last week I wrote on the new intentions to revive this newsletter to a weekly schedule. So here we are. I decided to rename the newsletter to my longer used name for my blog, as it is a bit more interesting as a name I think :-)
Looking back on last week, next to the work at the research in PACT, I was asked late notice to present at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences 25 years celebrating event. I talked on the ethics of designers in a connected world, for a small but interactive group of lecturers from different areas of AUAS.
I was invited to join the yearly unconference organised by Ton and Elmine at their home, themed Smart Stuff that Matters. It was a very pleasant and inspiring day speaking to people with very different backgrounds. I did a short version of our TaCIT workshop, or better said, a make workshop inspired on the themes we address in that workshop. It worked out very well getting people to tinker. See some reports from other attendees: Ton, Peter, Frank. Thanks for the invitation Ton!

Are we data-broke for the first time?
Google and Facebook Didn't End Data Privacy
Google, You Auto-Complete Me – Fast Company
I agree with Bogost that profiling based on our behaviour is not new at all. Marketeers already do so for years with all data-mining on different datasets. With the new forms as Google and Facebook makes it clear and create an awareness that can lead to a kind of Privacy Nihilism.
It is interesting to combine with the article by Mark Wilson on the influence of algorithms on our behaviour. Are those algos adapting services to our behaviour, or is our behaviour even shaped by the algorithms without -consciously- knowing?
At what point does Google’s power of suggestion grow so strong that it’s not about how well its services anticipate what we want, but how much we’ve internalized their recommendations — and think of them as our own? 
I think he definitely has a point. We are more and more living together with the intelligent technology as partners. That is what the post-human era will bring; intelligent non-human objects that will become part of our lives.
We have already assistants for doctors that provide a second opinion during the consult or practice, not only after. The algorithms will not only for making our lives more efficient, but also can make us more creative by pointing us at options or angles we did not think about.
So indeed the privacy war might be over, but that is not the battle to focus on. We need to shape our future living together with these ‘things species’ in a way we benefit without being played.
Read this...
Nice to have interesting courses publish there syllabuses publically. Two interesting ones: One by Molly Wright Steenson on AI & Culture, and one by Miguel Sicart for Playlab (“PlayLab is an experimental course focused on creating play experiences with commercial technologies.”)
Both interesting to browse and pick what is interesting to you, of even read all.
AI & Culture: Bodies & Cyborgs – Molly Wright Steenson
To read on...
I need to finish this one…
From next week I will be on vacation, so you might miss the newsletter, expect to be back beginning of October at the latest.
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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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