Registration Discount for Council Relations to Attend PICNIC Festival 2012

7/07/2012 - 00:30

PICNIC has announced the initial line up of speakers and sessions for PICNIC Festival 2012. The Festival will take place on September 17 and 18 at Amsterdam’s EYE Film Institute. The Festival will focus on the theme “new ownership: the shift from top down to bottom up”. Connected technologies are empowering people all over the world to connect and drive personal and societal change. This is happening against a backdrop of rapidly declining trust in traditional institutions and systems of governance.

Confirmed speakers include:

•    Tim O’Reilly, CEO of O’Reilly Media and one of the founders of the open source and Maker movements, will talk about the DIY revolution that has emerged and is being powered by platforms such as Make Magazine;
•    Doc Searls, journalist, blogger and author of “The Cluetrain Manifesto” and “The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge”, will discuss how customers power and its impact on sellers;  
•    Bonnie Shaw, Director of Social Innovation at iStrategyLabs, will discuss alternative currency systems and how the sharing vs. owning paradigm is affecting access and consumption;
•    George Dyson, a boat designer, writer and distinguished technology historian who will talk about how technology has and will evolve to further empower people; and
•    Rupert Turnbull, Publisher of WIRED UK, who will discuss how new ownership is transforming the media landscape.
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Council will host a ROBIOT Lab at Picnic 2012: Robots meet Internet of Things:

A new paradigm is slowly but surely emerging which will impose to revisit our concepts (e.g. from privacy to privacies, from human freedom to ethics in the knowledge sphere, from homogeneous information systems to heterogeneous mediators like (ro)bots, from data subject to the empowered citizen, etc. The pattern is on the side of decentralised, embedded, smart and connected machines/objects.

The Internet is continuously being supplied with eyes and ears, but it still misses arms and legs to take action!

Robots seem the logical candidates that take on the role of gateways of information flows. Instead of relying entirely on on-board processing or centralized online knowledge bases like RoboEarth, robot actions can be informed by objects. For example, an RFID chip can provide information on a cup’s color, weight, or 3D model; and a cupboard can communicate its recognition model, contents, or handle positions relative to a fiduciary marker. Situational contexts that have repetitive actions can generate and improve repositories of actions that humans and objects are likely to perform. The IoT does not have to parse its architectures to a static and 'dumb' hardware component but can integrate gateways that can learn, walk, swim and fly, and, finally, can turn digital decisions into physical actions.

It is the goal of this Lab to investigate how robots and the emerging Internet of Things can play together. We want to get inspiration from novel scenarios and applications showing how digital relationships between robots, people and things may embrace and improve our lives. We are going to speculate on new interactions, resulting experiences and emergent behaviors. And we will discuss social and practical implications once robots, things and people become part of a growing living network. Our goal is to elicit scenarios and applications that move beyond a robot-centric or cloud-centric vision of robotics towards an integrated solution as part of the Internet of Things.

Speakers and organizers: Rob van Kranenburg, Karmen Franinovic, Markus Waibel, Florian Michahelles, Gérald Santucci, Stefan Gessler

Our members and readers receive a special registration discount to attend PICNIC Festival 2012:

€403 excl. VAT, instead of the normal rate of €575 excl. VAT.

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