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Target_is_New - Issue #73

Hi all. A quick update. Last week I spend quite some time in Eindhoven at Dutch Design Week. Doing a
Target_is_New - Issue #73
By Iskander Smit • Issue #73 • View online
Hi all.
A quick update. Last week I spend quite some time in Eindhoven at Dutch Design Week. Doing a presentation and a workshop at DRIVE festival, both related to PACT research. And part of round table session on design thinking and big data.
Of the vast amount of events I managed to see Mind the Step, Manifestations, Robot Love and GIO and some other things in Klokgebouw and Veem. I also saw the VPRO Medialab installation/experience Home Smart Home at Van Abbe. The experience is part of a project with three movies on how smart technology could impact our home, with interesting angles. I was involved in the beginning doing a presentation for the documentary makers who went pitching, and we organised a ThingsCon Salon together in May, in Eindhoven too.
The experience was well made, with touch of escape room feel and beaconized triggered interactions. I missed a crucial part though, distracted by the device (a smart buddy via a phone). I liked how it touched on some of the topics we will need to address when we team up with the assistants. The mini docus can be found online.

Next to DDW I was in Utrecht for our Tech Solidarity NL session at IMPAKT. Which delivered a very interesting and insightful discussion on the role of databrokers in the Netherlands.
No public events to share for this week. Might be good to remind you on the ending of the early bird for ThingsCon this week. We have about 90% of the program complete I think. I hope we have all confirmed sessions in outline and speakers on our website today.
Let me offer you a discount-code as reader of the Newsletter: use this code to get 20% the ticket of your choice:
Conference 2018 - ThingsCon NL
Some (long-)reads
One of the authors that is part of the first stage of my PhD is Bruno Latour. You cannot think about Things with agency without having ANT referenced. As part of different approaches to the role of objects and humans. I’m now reading Don Ihde Technology and the Lifeworld in case you like to know.
Back to Latour. He was covered in New York Times on one of his current projects looking into topics like Post-Truth reality and climate change. Interesting long-read.
Bruno Latour, the Post-Truth Philosopher, Mounts a Defense of Science - The New York Times
Another well-known thinker on the role of humans in our (future) world is Harari. Became a phenomenon with his roman Sapiens, that became culture and a belief in certain communities. In this review his succeeding book Homo Deus is critically analysed.
The Imagined Humanism of Yuval Noah Harari
Future mobility in practice
Writing on the future of mobility one of the returning beliefs is on the changing role of commuting vehicles. More as destination, as tool, as working space, etc. NS (Dutch National Railway) has envisioned what it would mean for the trains. That is a first iteration of course.
Dutch Trains Of The Future Fuse Work, Home, And Transit
Weekly AI piece
Final thought
While reading the piece on Stratechery on the acquisition of Red Hat by IBM my thoughts wandered on the change in architecture of our computing. With the cloud as dominant storage, and with the rise of edge computing. The latter might turn out to be a possible strategy for people that value the control on their own data, or computing of the data. In a world where the governance of our digital life (or just ‘our life’) is endangered by unpredictable and dubious regimes, a combination of Edge and open source is a likely future. But not that simple of course… Need more thinking…
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Iskander Smit

I am working @Infonl as innovation director and leading @LABSinfonl, also blogger @targetisnew, co-organising @ThingsConAMS & Behavior Design AMS meetup #bdams
Visiting professor TU Delft Industrial Design Engineering (Connected Everyday Lab) @pact_tudelft

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