Featuring events in Shanghai, Amsterdam, Nairobi. The ThingsCon Fellowship. Human-intelligent smart homes. European ePrivacy. And more.
This just happened 👇
In Shanghai, Charlie 胡烨川 just hosted the second ThingsCon Salon Shanghai, in collaboration with Design Sprint China.
Coming up 👇
- ThingsCon Amsterdam: The annual global gathering. Don’t miss ThingsCon Amsterdam (30 Nov – 1 Dec), the annual global gathering of the ThingsCon community. Two full days of workshops, presentations and plenty of opportunity to meet all the best people. Already confirmed speakers include a star line-up including Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Martijn de Waal, Nazli Cila, Dries De Roeck, Jet Gispen, Kars Alfrink, Peter Kún, Ugo Vallauri and Iohanna Nicenboim, and many many more. Sign up today!)
- The first ThingsCon event in Nairobi will take place on December 8th in collaboration with GIZ. Register here.
Keep an eye on thingscon.com/events for details.
We’re on a mission to increase the footprint of the ThingsCon community, including in the global South. Learn more about how it works and get in touch to discuss starting a local chapter in your city.
If you missed it last time, we just announced a new ThingsCon initiative, and we’re in the process of getting things up and running. Learn more about the ThingsCon Fellowship program.)
Department of Data Delights
- LAUREN, the human intelligent smart home. Great art project by Lauren McCarthy. Found via Bruce Sterling.
- Europe’s new privacy law is moving forward and lobbyists aren’t happy, reports David Meyer on Connected Rights: ”
WELCOME to Connected Rights, your foot in the door of digital rights news and analysis: THE EU’s ePRIVACY REGULATION HAS CLEARED A MAJOR HURDLE after the European Parliament green-lit the start of negotiations with the EU member states over its terms. In other words, the parliament is OK with the amendments that its civil liberties committee made to the European Commission’s initial proposal, and the regulation can continue down the legislative path.” Don’t miss reading the whole thing as the behind-the-scenes he lays out unfolds like an exciting real life TV drama. Also, good to see the EU’s ePrivacy regulation move forward, slowly but surely.
Department of Data Dangers
- One Bitcoin Transaction Now Uses as Much Energy as Your House in a Week. Motherboard has some scary calculations.
- Why AI Is Still Waiting For Its Ethics Transplant. As we move deeper into our algorithmic futures, it’s important to understand (and shape) how this might play out. WIRED interviewed the brilliant Kate Crawford, founder of AI Now who just about sums it up when she says “what we’re seeing now is a real air gap between high-level principles—that are clearly very important—and what is happening on the ground in the day-to-day development of large-scale machine learning systems.”
Department of Hardware is Hard
- Inside the Downfall of a Wildly Ambitious Hardware Startup. WIRED has the inside story of what happened with Doppler Labs.
- Adafruit & DigiKey: All the Internet of Things. Let’s get hands-on: Adafruit and Digi-Key launched “a six-part series that touches on all aspects of getting your device connected to the Internet of Things. Episode 1 dives into the different types of connectivity transports available, from Ethernet to WiFi to Bluetooth as well as cellular.”
Department of ThingsCon Fellows
- Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino and Dries de Roeck bring The Good Home to Aalst, Belgium, to explore the role of technology, art and design in elder care. From the project website:
“Caring for older family members is a current political conundrum. How you finance it, the conditions of care, the cost of ‘social care’, the support for family carers, and the working conditions for those carers. There is here an opportunity to look at the home space as a host for these tensions. On November 9th, we will be showcasing the best of past, present and future spaces, products and services which shed new light in this dark space, the one that comes before a loved one’s death or chronic illness no matter what their age. We have focused on a multi-disciplinary and blended approach of design, user-centered practices, art and technology.” The exhibition features projects from Doteveryone, Good Night Lamp, Kemuri, Participle, Sidekick Studios, Superflux, The Design Council (all UK), No Isolation, Tinybots (both Netherlands), Kuri (USA) and Telefonica (Spain).
Department of Plucky Plugs
- Empowering tech in your inbox: The Human Tech Report. Our global community of experts keeps an eye out for excellent, empowering tech. Sign up here for the monthly email.
- Report: A Trustmark for the Internet of Things. With Mozilla, we explored the potentials and challenges of a trustmark for the Internet of Things (IoT). Learn more on our website.
- Mozilla Festival (London, 27-29 Oct). Our good friends & collaborators at Mozilla are hosting their annual global festival for the open internet. It’s always fantastic.
- Underexposed (Berlin, 8-9 Nov). Our friends at SimplySecure bring their conference Underexposed to Berlin this fall. The theme this year: Deep Forgetting: Designing for Privacy in a World of Machine Learning. The preliminary program looks ace, hosted by ThingsCon Fellow Ame Elliott, and featuring lots of friendly faces, allies and collaborators like Marcel Schouwenaar of The Incredible Machine and ThingsCon Amsterdam.
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Have a fantastic week!
On behalf of the whole ThingsCon team,
Your scribe Peter
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