I’m Speaking at the Boston Augmented/Mixed Reality Meetup on Wed, Nov 30 2016!

On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 I’ll be giving a short speech on the history and the future of wearable computing and virtual experience at Boston’s AR Meetup Group!

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Summary:
Early forms of wearable computing focused on augmenting the human ability to compute freely. As pioneer Steve Mann and calm technology pioneer Mark Weiser wanted, “to free the human to not act as a machine”. What does this mean for us as designers and developers, and how can we build interfaces for the next generation of devices?

Who was here before us, and how can we best learn from them? This talk will cover various topics on the history and future of wearables. We’ll also learn about the road from virtual reality to augmented reality and what we need to build to get there. This talk is for anyone interested in how we can add a new layer of interactivity to our world and how we can take the next steps to get there.

Join us to learn about AR Gaming as well as design thinking for reality design. Should be a fun night of fantastic speakers, AR demos, and networking!

Want to come? RSVP!

Location
Akamai HQ, 150 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142

Agenda
6:00-6:30pm
Doors open – networking and demos. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided!

6:30-8:00pm
Latest and Greatest in AR

1) Neil Gupta, Founder/CEO at BostonAR, will present on what’s new in AR.

2) Ross Finman, Founder/CEO of ARSpirit, recently finished at MassChallenge and will present on his startup that brings true AR to mobile devices.

3) Darryl James, Design Strategist at The Meme Design will present on Reality Design.

4) Amber Case, TED Speaker, Author, Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, and visiting researcher at the MIT Center for Civic Media, will present on Calm Technology and the future of AR.

5) Johnny Monsarrat, Founder and CEO of Monsarrat, Inc. , who previously founded and ran MMO company Turbine (Lord of the Rings Online), will talk about Massively Multiplayer Real World Gaming, a mixture of AR and MMO, the basis for a new company he’s founded.

8:00-9:00pm
Member announcements and more demos and networking.

Want to join? RSVP here!

The Web 1.0 Conference is Back! Join us at MIT Media Lab!

Will you be in Cambridge, MA on Dec 2nd and 3rd, 2016? Come spend a day building awesome websites!

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What is the Web 1.0 Conference?

A conference celebrating the creative, original, static (no backend) web sites, both old and new, that stand the test of time.

It’s time to rediscover and bring back the lost art of web site creation. Let’s build some weird, interesting, quirky web sites!

Website

websiteconf.neocities.org

Next Conference:

Dec 2-3 2016
Cambridge, MA
@ MIT Media Lab

Get tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/web-10-conference-at-mit-media-lab-tickets-21106338627

Tickets are $15, which covers food and future Web 1.0 Conferences! Scholarship tickets are also available. Contact @caseorganic!

See what people built at the last Web 1.0 Conference!

Join me at the Future of Money and Digital Ethics at Sibos in Geneva, Switzerland on Sept 26 and 28, 2016!

logo-sibos-amber-case-future-of-moneyOn Monday, September 26th and Wednesday, September 28th, 2016  I’ll be speaking on the Future of Money and Digital Ethics on two panels at the Sibos International Banking Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

When

Future of Money

Monday 26 September
14:00 – 15:00
Plenary – PLR

Digital Ethics

Wednesday 28 September
10:30 – 11:15
Innotribe – INNO

Future of Money Overview

Delegates will hear Amber Case, Cyborg Anthropologist and Harvard Berkman Klein Center Fellow, speak on security, calm technology and intrusive media. Case says: “I want to talk about the idea that you should own your information first, and a third party should only be able to access that information for a temporary period in order to get something done. The idea user experience would be one where you can you can see what’s happening to your data, and authorise transactions at each point of exchange.”

Case, author of the book Calm Technology (O’Reilly Media), will also discuss a number of principles for managing the devices and the data that comprise the Internet of Things. “We live in an age of intrusive media. Technology should be there when you need it, and not when you don’t,” says Case. If we are all cyborgs now, as Case suggests (in the sense that we use technology to enhance, extend and add to our innate abilities), the challenge for the future will be to achieve a harmonious relationship with our technology. “Technology should enhance the human experience, not detract from it. Our devices should amplify the best of humanity and the best of technology. Artificial Intelligence can help automate our systems, but customer service is still essential,” says Case. That’s something humans can never automate. “It wouldn’t be wise for human connection to be replaced by machines,” Case concludes.

The Future of Money session at Sibos has become the “crystal ball” identifying major disruptive trends that are likely to affect the financial services industry in coming years.

In previous years, this session covered topics such as the latest developments on virtual currencies and blockchain, the disaggregation and unbundling of the financial services value chain, and automated credit. But what’s the next big disruptive force?

We believe the new buzzword is the interconnectedness of everything at scale and speed. In this Internet of Everything, every thing talks to every thing and end-points make their own decisions, powered by sensor-driven data collection, machine learning and automated decision making.

It is not the sharing economy as we know it, but a data sharing economy where driverless cars make toll road payments per minute, washing machines decide the right energy vendor at what time and price, where products are created ad-hoc and in situ by 3D printers (with IP royalties paid in real time), where investment decisions are made by a new breed of robo-advisors in real time.

Everything happens at scale and speed. This real-time economy will require a fundamental new infrastructure with more dramatic intermediation than what we see today in payments and securities, with frictionless micro-commerce and micro-payment transactions enabling real transparency of money and value in general.

We will need to rethink the notion of ownership and the definition and management of intellectual property, financial assets, digital assets, rights management and royalties in fully distributed peer-to-peer world. And how do we regulate a world where all the rules have changed?

We move from enabling transactions to enabling commerce, from transaction networks to new articulations of value- and trust-webs.

This session will bring together some of the sharpest thought leaders on this radical transformation of our industry, and will focus on the inter-connectedness of everything.

Two moderators will guide the audience through this exercise and ensure a deep interaction with the speakers in an exciting interactive format.

Since Sibos Toronto in 2011, the Innotribe “Future of Money” is standing room only. For the first year, the session moved to the plenary room as a big issue debate, so make sure you’re there early!

Speakers

  • Udayan Goyal, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Apis Partners and Anthemis Group
  • Jon Stein, CEO & Founder, Betterment
  • Carlos J. Menendez, President, Enterprise Partnerships, Mastercard
  • Amber Case, Fellow, Harvard Berkman Klein Center

Digital Ethics Overview

Billions of dollars are spent every year to track our actions, intentions, and sentiments online and via the sensors embedded in the world that surrounds us. Machine-learning algorithms may soon get to know us better than we know ourselves. While robots gaining consciousness is a growing concern, the future of human happiness is dependent on teaching machines what we value the most today.

As AI features in different products, wearable devices, and self-driving cars, we need to think in a critical way about where this will bring us – on an individual and societal level. Will it help us forward? Will it create more time for ourselves? Or will it make our world more complex and less efficient?

Coexisting safely and ethically with intelligent machines is one of the central challenges of the 21st Century. It demonstrates and strengthen the need to establish ethical standards for Artificial Intelligence to help us preserve the values we cherish the most.

This session is an integral part of the future show live. See the session description for detailed information.

Speakers

  • Gerd Leonhard, Futurist, Keynote Speaker, Author and CEO of The Futures Agency, The Futures Agency
  • John Havens, Executive Director, The Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems
  • Amber Case, Fellow, Harvard Berkman Klein Center
  • Aurélie Pols, Data Governance & Privacy Advocate, Krux Digital / Ethics Data Group EDPS (European Data Protection Supervisor)
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What is Sibos?

Sibos is the world’s premier financial services event.

Sibos is the annual conference, exhibition and networking event organised by SWIFT for the financial industry.

What started out as a banking operations seminar in 1978, has grown into the premier business forum for the global financial community to debate and collaborate in the areas of payments, securities, cash management and trade. More at sibos.com.

Calm Technology at the Center for Civic Media on May 12, 2016

I’ll be speaking at the MIT Center for Civic Media this May! The speech will be a lunch talk on Thursday May 12th, 2016. It will be in Building E15 room 334.

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When and Where

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About Civic Media

The Center for Civic Media is a joint effort between the MIT Media Lab and the MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing program. It represents a group of diverse people and inventors of new technologies that support and foster civic media and political action. The center coordinates community-based design processes locally and internationally. More about MIT Center of Civic Media.

RSVP

You can RSVP for the talk here! The talk is open to more than MIT students and lab members. Please RSVP 24 hours in advance to ensure you’ll be able to get lunch.

Photo of MIT Media Lab by the Knight Foundation.

Upcoming Speech: Design Week Portland 2016

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I’m excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at this year’s Design Week Portland! Even better, I’ll be introducing one of my idols, anthropologist Genevieve Bell from Intel! She’ll be talking about the Internet of Beings! The internet of animals is more than just Keyboard Cat and animated gifs. Intel’s in-house Anthropologist will explore what we learn from data mining animals.

What is Design Week Portland?
Short answer: it’s amazing and you should definetely participate!

Longer answer: Design Week Portland is a week-long, city-wide series of programs exploring the process, craft, and practice of design across all disciplines. Our mission is to increase appreciation and awareness about design and its far-reaching effects on matters of cultural and social relevance, including community development, education systems, and the economy.

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Schedule

Main Stage: April 15-16, 2016
Revolution Hall, Portland, OR
Two days of core programming before the festival kicks into independently organized Events and Open Houses. Register for the Main Stage!

Independent Events
The heart and soul of Design Week Portland is in these events, conceived and hosted by the creative community of an entire city. Most are free or low cost to make design accessible to all. Register for each event separately – there is no central pass. See Portland Design Week Independent Events.

Open Houses
Studios and offices around the city will open their doors to us to show what they’re working on! I’d highly suggest visiting as many as you can!
https://2016.designweekportland.com/openhouses

Want to learn more?
Read more about Design Week from Portland’s must-follow startup and tech blog, SiliconFlorist!

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