Research Files #6
How might we use Augmented Reality to create meaningful experiences with and within the urban space? With Layar and Wondarlands.
The increased diffusion of immersive technologies holds the potential to form new, multilayered, experiential opportunities. What might happen when urban clusters add augmented platforms into their (already complex) ecosystem? With experts in the field of urban design and Augmented Reality (AR), we will explore the potential of creating immersive experiences within public and private spaces, discussing its value-creation and challenges.
* Raimo van der Klein has been co-founder, CEO, and board member of Layar – one of the pioneering AR mobile platforms. He is currently an AR expert at Triple, a leading technology partner based in the Netherlands, and through his company VanderKlein Productions he inspires, leads, and guides teams on projects involving various technologies such as bitcoin, Google glass, robotics, 3D-printing, maker movement, artisanal products, tech start-ups, fashion and digital media.
*Galit Ariel is a creative and strategic thinker with international leadership experience in industrial design, retail & fashion, and education. She is a member of Yet2B (a UK-based think-and-do-tank focused on the future of cities) and founder of Wondarlands, a strategic consultancy that examines and develops implementation strategies of emerging technologies – and AR in specific – through a user-focused cultural and societal lens.
This programma is part of a Research Files threefold on Augmented Reality. Other editions will include ‘The Augmented Society’ and ‘The Augmented Self’.
"What if citizens can control and use their data to benefit the city?"
It's becoming painfully clear that our digital sovereignty is under serious pressure. How can we ensure that it’s us, the citizens, and not big tech-companies, who decide how our data is collected, stored and used? Is it possible to develop tools that enable individuals to collectively share personal information on their own terms? And if so, how do we design these tools?
* Evgeny Morozov
* Francesca Bria
* Jaap-Henk Hoepman
* Fabrizio Sestini
* Caroline Nevejan
More about DECODE: https://decodeproject.eu/
Freelance Friday - Internet and the Numbers
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Internet in Europe with networking and drinks.
Steven Pemberton gives Freelance Friday's annual New Year's talk and deals with all your questions on the Internet. How do we deal with the exponential growth of the Internet? How fast will your home connection be in five years' time?
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Internet in Europe.
In 1988 the whole of Europe was connected to the whole of the USA at the immense speed of 64K bits per second. The chances are your mobile phone is now 1000 times faster than that; the connection at Amsterdam now peaks at 5.5 Tbps, which is close to 100 million times faster than in 1988.
The internet has been, and still is, getting exponentially faster; in other words, it has been regularly doubling in speed. Just like computers have been. But did you know other things have been growing exponentially as well? Like the number of universities in the world. And the number of academic journals. And the amount of light you can produce for a fixed amount of money.
How do we deal with such numbers? How fast is the internet growing? How fast will your home connection be in five years’ time?
This talk aims to help you get your head around the idea of exponential growth while wandering through subjects as diverse as Japanese characters, the film Inception, how to subtract, and a number of other apparently completely unrelated subjects.
Steven Pemberton was one of the first handfuls of people on the internet in Europe. Since then he has been continually involved with the internet, helping develop HTML and CSS, and several other web standards. He has been giving the annual New Year’s talk at Freelance Friday since 2008. “The best speaker of the year!” said one attendee.
De Circulaire Stad #41
Down the drain - How can we recover valuable energy and raw materials from wastewater?
150 years ago, the Amsterdam-based physician Samuel Sarphati invented a plan to collect human excrement and use it as manure for farmers outside of the city. A revolutionary thought and an important hygienic solution to fight diseases within the overpopulated city centers. Nowadays, we have high-tech sewage systems and clean water is endlessly available. But what happens with the valuable raw materials (like phosphates) in our poop and piss?
Special guest and founding father of Biopolus, István Kenyeres, will tell us about his BioMakeries. These efficient, living factories convert wastewater and almost any kind of organic material into products for sale. Together with other guests from the VPRO Tegenlicht 2014 documentary: ‘De kracht van Water’ we will discuss the latest developments in the field of wastewater. How can we make more of our droppings?
The City as a Lab #5
All waste is a resource - Resourceful democracy in the circular city.
The changing meaning of waste inevitably shifts the way governments, citizens and providers relate to each other. This evening will address these broad questions looking at the political challenges of circular economic development related to urban democracy, urban regeneration and economic growth. All waste is a resource: this is the key principle of a circular economy of cities in time of environmental degradation and scarcity.
Urban areas are ecosystems made of material flows. Each activity taking place in the city produces waste that can be turned into material for new activities. From the disposing of plastic to the re-use of heat from industry, from the human metabolic functions to the residual of food production.
How can these multiple flows be organized to the dream of the ZERO waste urban society? What is the role of policymakers in this process? The circular economy will have a deep impact on the way we understand the notion of growth and the way we organize the democratic process of urban change. These changes and challenges generated by the circular economy for urban democracy, urban regeneration and economic growth will be addressed during this evening and everyone is invited to join the discussion.