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Target_is_New - Issue #78

New month, time for an update. First on the research in Delft; most important was the organisation o
Target_is_New - Issue #78
By Iskander Smit • Issue #78 • View online
New month, time for an update.
First on the research in Delft; most important was the organisation of two focus group sessions with design practitioners to explore how the concept of predictive relations resonate in the current and future design process. The sessions were very valuable with good insights sharpening my line of thinking. Thanks to all participants again in case they read this! :-)
I think it really helps to discuss your research on different levels out in the open. In this stage, heading up to the one year point with a first report, you spend a lot of time writing on your own, but the reflection moments help to sharpen the topic. Doing the presentation at IoT Rotterdam on April 9 was in that sense useful too. And discussing it with fellow PhDs. I also was invited to be one of the research topics in the Design for Interaction Research course, what forces you to describe the research in clear claims that the students can related to. This is the claim they will start with:
As Things become more and more part of digital distributed systems, predictions will give us agency to control the working of Things. 
And the challenging claim is here important:
As Things become more and more part of digital distributed systems, predictions will reduce the agency we will have over our own behavior. 
This is one of the tensions that will happen with Things that predict and the role of predictive relations in how we relate to the world. Curious what the students come up with reflecting.
I will start a scrap book website (predictiverelations.org) with interesting sources that relate to this topic. In human-machine relations a lot is discussed nowadays. I have to start actively filling this space. Bear with me.
The coming month I will do some more presentations on the topic in different gremia. The Mic Drop at Digital Society School, at Sensemakers Amsterdam and at Behavior Design Amsterdam. So if you want to know more where I stand now and reflect on this in person, drop by at one of these!

And we will also organise a ThingsCon Salon in Rotterdam. Bring your old IoT gadget to life (or work on one of the ones we will bring).
The once-hot robotics startup Anki is shutting down after raising more than $200 million
Interesting reads
Just a couple of articles that passed by last weeks. In case you missed…
U.S. Airports Will Use AI To Scan 97% Of Passengers' Faces Within 4 Years
Opinion | We Built an ‘Unbelievable’ (but Legal) Facial Recognition Machine - The New York Times
How Amazon automatically tracks and fires warehouse workers for ‘productivity’ - The Verge
Forget about artificial intelligence, extended intelligence is the future | WIRED UK
When Workers Control the Code | WIRED
Volgende stap in vernieuwing: Albert Heijn test bezorgrobot
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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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