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Mic Drop: Jasper Wognum

A brief wrap up (one-point perspective) of the first DSS talk.

The title on the poster was intriguing enough to attend the talk at the end of a working day. The Mic Drop was by Jasper Wognum, founder of Braincreators.

Jasper was one of the first academic students of Artificial Intelligence in Amsterdam, when the term was in its very nascent stages of evolution in early 2000. His experience in the domain now spans over 20 years.

The talk was an overview of the realm of Artificial Intelligence, meandering from specific project showcases in varied domains to the core nature of AI rooted in math, and not magic!

The domains Jasper has been working with range from using data to make for a better radio content experience, to delivery of posts/couriers at correct addresses in Amsterdam. The eclectic mix of the possibilities with technology seemed promising. His approach of working in collaboration with the diverse companies was inspiring. The respective companies took the role of domain experts while his team intervened through a systematic solutions approach aided by Technology/Artifical Intelligence.

He stressed on the relevance of technology/AI aiding humans achieve the task efficiently and not necessarily replacing them.

The questions raised by the audience towards the end shifted the talk to the larger questions of right and wrong—the overlap of ethics and design/technology decision. Jasper had an interesting point to make about this—somebody will do it eventually, better to intervene when you are confident of making more informed decisions, aware of your biases.

p.s: I might have missed many key points.
p.p.s: There was a video documentation by Bauke of the same, so please request him if you missed the same. 🙂

Bloom open space: a poetic wrap-up 

what: here goes there
when: 23 feb 2018
why not, 🙂












Hues of pink and blue on screens in a tall dark chamber; the first sight was promising.

Being ushered in the dark to plug a seemingly alien device onto the eyes was portent of what was to come. We had before us folks already plugged to the alternate reality, mediating their ways using fingers.

We joined them and made our own colourful bubbles, hues of orange, blue and pink…Bubbles merging with each other, colliding to form bigger vibrant wholes.

What lasted for 15 minutes was scanning the visual space with altered eyes, and snapping fingers. A seemingly simple act, laden with a lot of possibilities for future.

Technology for altering our perspective and engagement with spaces?, please more. 🙂 

p.s: we headed to tun tun club post this and had ze fun on the arcade, post drinks, corurtesy pavel.
p.p.s: much thanks to pavel for organising this and media labs for making it a part of our academic learning.
p.p.p.s: image credits, joao.

Short overview of how things are going in the first sprint

Our first sprint is already almost over! The goal of this sprint was to visualise a synthesis of motivational theories (for varying age groups), drawing parallels with present tech in therapies. We thought it was good to start off with doing research about what it actually is that motivates people to do the things to do and how this can be used for tech in therapies.

We started with a full day of deciding on the sprint goal and planning the sprint. It was really good to see how everyone had different views on what the end goal of the project should be. The days after we spent just on finding, reading and summarizing articles, mostly about motivational theories and technology and gamification for physical therapy. It was really interesting to do this research, but after those days I couldn’t read any more words. After we increased our knowledge and gathered enough information, we started to share our findings with each other to get even more knowledge of the different fields (motivation and tech). We tried to find some parallels between the motivational theories and tech in therapies but there wasn’t much to find yet. Currently, we’re almost done with the creation of a website that shows different motivational theories. So far it’s all going well!

Team H&T

Entrepreneurship College: Good Health and Well-Being

A small wrap-up of an impact-full talk.

Venue: Amsterdam Venture Studios – Amstelcampus
Date: 08/02/2018
Time: 16:00—18:00
Issue: Sustainable Development Goals #3 Good Health and Well Being

The critical issues pertaining to health were brought to notice by two folks—one of them works with Red Cross and the other has a virtual reality medical startup. (pardon my inability to grasp names, because of difference in the accent of English here—soon will understand faster :D)

Without going into the nitty-gritty’s of what was spoken, I will try to sum-up what i took back from the talk.

The talk started with “why should we care?”. This question just triggered my mind, and it was stuck in there for the 90 minutes to follow. Both the speakers put stress on the importance of looking at opportunities rather than the constraints. As well as, when releasing any innovation to the market, it is important to be aware of the timing. Because of the technological advancements of the last few years and years to follow, we can now bridge the gap between here and there much easier. This way we can share knowledge from all across the world—working local, seeking global.

While the Red Cross works with a plethora of volunteers (+ the resulting domino effect: an act of one person inspiring others). Helping bring change through the power of numbers. The Virtual Reality start-up wished to empower people in the field of medicine. Doctors, nurses etc. can with technology driven information, render their services more efficiently—making use of the available data in different ways. Both the speakers stressed on the critical issues pertaining to health that lie ahead of us, mediating the issues in their own ways.

There seemed to be no right solution, but multiple solutions to navigate the challenges that confront humanity as a whole. The larger climate of politics and policy making, can seem overwhelming—we could perhaps all do one small step.

We are all part of the same fabric and are connected with one another. Integrating the right kind of resources (information/knowledge/data) with relevant technology, can perhaps help bring small changes to the bigger world. 🙂

p.s: thanks to tamara for sharing the link for the conference.
p.p.s: super thanks to dylan for quick edits.
p.p.p.s: will try to have a more visual wrap-up (with images) next time around.


Falling in Love with the Problem

We made something to stimulate discussion about how different it is for blind children to play with toys and the challenges they’re facing. We made a puzzle where people have to fit pieces into holes with the same shape while blindfolded. When the puzzle is finished the pieces form the sentence ‘taken for granted’. This is to make people aware about that they take their eyesight for granted, but that it isn’t for everyone. This is doable when you have sight, but when you can’t see it become’s a lot harder to finish. We want people to experience the frustration about being blind. We hope people will start discussing about the challenges afterwards.

falling in love with the problem: visual update

few images from the day at the maker lab today.
details on the process via text soon…


Here & There

Hi, we are are four of us from different parts of the world, co-creating and learning with the mediaLABS.

We are: Lisa, Dylan, Joao and Kshitiz. We call ourselves H&T–Here and There.

We will try to be more proactive on this space; you  will hear more from us, 🙂

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