Katherine is Assistant Professor of Media Design School of Art, Media, and Technology Parsons the New School for Design. Her projects include “The Scrapyard Challenge,” presented with Jonah Brucker-Cohen at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France,...
Council launched in Brussel in 2009: blogs, reports and videoclips
IMAL was packed during the 12 hour event, including a marvellous vegetarian lunch and diner by Annabel. The presentations in the morning ranged the entire field.They were sharp, to the point and showed a great sense of urgency and committment from let's have some fun and play to let's be very careful in which people's rules we are playing. Gérald Santucci presented a truly European view showing deep committment to old human values and with his enthousiasm and passion showed that we can build a strong European team of coders, thinkers and tinkerers for a new iteration of security and innovation.
Later in the day he interviewed Régine Debatty who urged us to look to adopt the sharing committments that she finds in South America. The last free network to close in Berlin was hers. Melanie Rieback who presented twice and with great intensity showed - for the first time in public - her new RFID Guardian - a toolkit for hacking RFID - that grows so organically as a tool that some people remarked that it could be the heart of a EU style Iphone, so it can become a 'lifestyle manager' - expressed her hope that the EU and large national research funds and schemes would be really open to collaborate. Probing Usman Haque for a pledge about how this Council day was going to inform his practice - being fully aware that Usman is a major force in helping to shape IoT by adapting and building on every computational pull - he stood up and solemny promised "to be less pessimistic". This is on tape! :)
A report from workshop 6 is available here. Jaromil who moderated the workshop together with Melanie Rieback writes: "it seems that issues raised by our discussion table had influenced what followed in the evening and we sincerely hope to have more occasions for constructive interactions on these issues. Workshop notes were gathered to generate this graph in 10 minutes after the workshop, some of us were quite impressed by this process. The graph at the link above is made using Free Software (GNU GPL): an efficient and cost-effective productivity framework, well documented (rather than merchandised), offering a reliability that best matches the high degree of responsability we face in our professions, more precisely, the software are: Emacs, orgmode, freemind and nXhtml."
The stunningly visual report by Arlon Stock opens up a new range of thinking and working.
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino reports back on her workshop Homesense.
Cristiano Storni has published a report on his Health Care workshop.
Jim Kosem blogged his talk How I learned to stop worrying and love the Internet of Things.
Slava Kozlov from Summ()n put all his pictures from workshop 3 in a separate set set on Flickr and also all other images from the conference. He wrote a short posting with the first impressions from the game in the Summ()n blog.
Nicola Fabiano has published a report. (in Italian)
Gérald Santucci looks back on the day.
Lift is a series of events built around a community of pioneers who get together to explore the social implications of new technologies.
Tinker.it! is a design studio that build interactive products, spaces and events that bridge the physical and the digital.
Council is a thinkthank on the Internet of Things.
0930 : Opening with Rob van Kranenburg and Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino
0945 0955 : Lift @ Home with Nicolas Nova: existing networked objects and what they tell us about potential users and how designers/engineers thought about them
0955 - 1010 : Internet of the Future and Internet of Things: What is at stake and how are we getting prepared for them? with Gérald Santucci, Head of Unit "Networked Enterprise and RFID", EU
1010 - 1020 : The future of storytelling through scenarios, with Gill Wildman, Plot
1020 - 1035 : The Internet of Goods, with Hein Gorter de Vries, GS1 in Europe
1100 - 1245 : Inspiration
- RFID Guardian with Melanie Rieback
- Mime, with Lorna Goulden
- Noisetube, with Matthias Stevens
- Privacy Coach with Jaap Henk Hoepman
- Legal Issues in the Internet of Things, with Nicola Fabiano
What I learned from the Violet experience with Rafi Haladjian: The problem with the Internet of Things, are the Things. “Or, how do you get to have open and intelligent artifacts and devices all around the place, without having to manufacture them, transporting them, distributing them (hardly very innovative). How do you creat proliferation, the Internet way, with atoms.”
- Playfully hacking the environment, with Karim Amrani
- Breaking Patterns, with Marcus Kirsch
- Awareness Technology, with Alan Munro
- A distributed physical network of humans through the city unveilling invisible and always mobile connections, with Natacha Roussel
- Social Implications of IoT, with Jim Kosem
1235 - 1245 : TownToolKit, with Christian Nold
1245 - 1400 : Lunch
1400 - 1700 : Workshops (with input, questions and views by Gérald Santucci (Head of Unit, Networked Enterprise and Radio Frequency Identification, INFSO D4)
- WS 1: Accelerating the roadmap to an Internet of Things @ Home, Philips Design
- WS 2: IoT in education: creating an MBA
- WS 3: Interactive Role Playing workshop, Summ()n
- WS 4: Homesense, Tinker.it
- WS 5: HC Systems and Self-care, IDC Limerick
- WS 6: Tools for mediation in IoT
- WS 7: The Sensing City, Plot
1700 - 1745 : Workshop leaders present the results. Short Q & A.
1745 - 1815 : Gérald Santucci moderates a debate with Melanie Rieback, Régine Debatty, Usman Haque and Rafi Haladjian.
1815 - 1930 : Dinner
2000-2200 : Public evening program. Opening by Yves Bernard. With lectures, keynotes, interviews, short presentations of workshop results by workshopleaders. Speakers include Liam Bannon, Rob van Kranenburg, Christian Nold, Ben Schouten, Karim Amrani on Augmented Gaming, Karmen Franinovic, Slava Kozlov on "New mindsets and personal/psychological skills we need to develop for the IoT", Jo Caudron, Melanie Rieback, Sheldon Renan on "Why Everything Wants To Be Connected: Enabling Unintended Conversations and Unintended Communities."
GS1 in Europe kindly sponsors the lunch and dinner of the Council launch. The kind sponsoring of Philips Design and IT Strategy helps Council to pay for the venue and the videoregistration.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a vision. Yet it is being built today. The stakeholders are known, the debate has yet to start. The European Commission published its action plan for IoT in June of this year. In hundreds of years our real needs have not changed. We want to be loved, feel safe, have fun, be relevant in work and friendship, be able to support our families, and somehow play a role - however small - in the larger scheme of things.
So what will really happen when things, homes and cities become smart?
The result will probably be an avalanche of what at first looks like very small steps, small changes. Currently IoT applications, demonstrations and infrastructures are being rolled out primarily from negative arguments. For logistics, it is anti-theft. For e-health, it is the lack of human personnel that requires the building of smart houses. From a policy view, it is the ensuring of safety, control and surveillance at item level and in public space. For retail, it is shelf space management.
Council thinktank aims to grow into a positively critical counterpart to these negativities in focusing on the quality of interaction and potentialities of IoT for social, communicative and economic (personal fabrication, participatory budgeting, alternative currencies) connectivity between humans and other humans, humans and things, and humans and their surroundings.
The wrestling with ambient technologies - the noise - is rapidly going out of corporate memory. A new young generation growing up at ease with 'total' connectivity, will enter IoT territory as simply another layer, another iteration of something they are comfortable with.
Therefore the launch of Council will highlight a personal history of locative media & hybrid spaces by professionals of the i3 (Intelligent Information Interfaces) days, as well as the latest tools and applications, workshops on key issues, short keynotes and time for debate and discussion.