Machine Fingers

This is a new experiment, keeping you a little more updated on what we're researching, doing, and thi
Machine Fingers
By Changeist • Issue #1
This is a new experiment, keeping you a little more updated on what we’re researching, doing, and thinking about. Since much of Changeist’s work is fed by daily scanning, scraping, collecting, conversation and observation, I thought this might be a better way to bring some of that into the light of day and highlight some themes that emerge. 
This week, I polled the subscriber base of Loose Change, our quarterly newsletter, and asked if this approach would be of value. Most of you said yes… but not everyone wanted to lose the more in-depth thinking in the quarterly roundup. So, they’ll run in parallel for a bit and see how it works out. Feel free to say what you think as we go. Those of you who already have, thanks for the valuable and candid input.
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What We've Been Up To
Being the first issue, this is a bit of a catch-up. October and November have been tremendously busy as we’ve gotten Changeist resettled in Amsterdam, and hit the trains and planes. Along with the items linked below, I was at Lift Basel, speaking on a panel about European and American attitudes toward innovation and giving a talk on global aging (videos to come). I’ve been in Rotterdam speaking at the Willem de Kooning Academie (thanks to Michelle Kazprzak), and attended FoAM Amsterdam’s Machine Wilderness symposium along with pals Strange Telemetry. Meanwhile, Susan was at the launch of John Thackara’s new book at Waag Society in Amsterdam. Lastly, I just got back from a quick side trip to Barcelona, checking in with Andres Colmenares on progress of Internet Age Media Weekend 2016, scheduled for April for that city, where John Willshire and I be doing a workshop that may or may not be based in reality.
Watch Now: FutureEverything Singapore Talks - Living Smart » FutureEverything
Videos of talks from the first session of FutureEverything Singapore, held two weeks ago. 
The futurist and tech-critic Scott Smith  tells us why he's always worried |  TagesWoche 
Worrying is his job: The futurist and tech-critic Scott Smith keeps asking himself, «what could go wrong?»
Backchanneled Fall 2015: Human Augmentation and Transhumanism
The semi-annual installment of Backchanneled, featuring a discussion with Paul Graham Raven and Lydia Nicholas on human augmentation.
Machine Fingers
This week’s links seem to have a theme of how we touch machines, and how they may or may not touch us. The gaze, the poke, the lingering daydream. Thinking for us, or just waiting for our whistle or pull on the lead as one would a pet. 
Hi, Can I Help You? — How We Get To Next — Medium
Susan Cox-Smith writes: Domestic robots can be creepy — but what if they were more like pets?
Researchers argue that “manufacturers and regulators will need psychologists to apply the methods of experimental ethics to situations involving AVs and unavoidable harm.”
The Dream Life of Driverless Cars - The New York Times
Geoff Manaugh looks at the city through the eyes of autonomous mobility. Also, great LIDAR porn.
Will the Internet of Things set family life back 100 years? | Design Council
James Pallister looks at how the IoT in homes could reshape our family interactions in unexpected ways.
Caress of the Gaze on Vimeo
Carrying on with the idea of new interaction forms and contextual computing, an experiment in detecting and responding to the human gaze.
Machine Vision Algorithm Learns to Recognize Hidden Facial Expressions | MIT Technology Review
Machine vision attempts to go deeper—into micromovements beneath expressions.
Fear and Abundance
Why we fear technology | Fusion
The always awesome Genevieve Bell on what makes us afraid about the devices and machines around us.
This take on flawed or suspect thinking about tech-driven “abundance” penned by Izabella Kaminska hits it on the head. “Critical thinking, it seems to us, is in short supply these days. And we’re putting a helluva lot more trust in the technologists than in the bankers.”  
The Network
Items from friends, colleagues and partners you might like.
This Did Not Take Place: IMPAKT Festival 2015
Friend Tobias Revell of Strange Telemetry talked to the IMPAKT Festival in Utrecht about memory and technology.
John Willshire from Smithery talks about the utility of cards in design and problem-solving. 
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