Curated Session

You vs. Your Things

February 8, 2017 2:05 PM - 3:05 PM

Have you hugged a smart thing today? Simone Rebaudengo and Pamela Pavliscak take up the unusual relationships we may soon form with the (smart? affectionate? self-aware?) objects and places in our lives.

SVA Theatre – Silas Theatre
333 West 23rd Street New York, NY 10011

Moderator and host

Simone Rebaudengo
Domesticating Intelligence
Simone Rebaudengo, Founding Member,; Visiting Lecturer, CIID

With increasing amount of intelligence imbued in everyday products, designing for and with that intelligence is turning into a matter of understanding not only the perspective of the person but the one of the product too. As these products leave the ‘lab’ and enter our daily lives, they will be inserted into situations which they may not understand and which may not understand them. As it happened with learning-thermostats misunderstandings, roombas attacking hair and self-driving cars misbehaving, more examples will show the need for new languages, tools, and interfaces for products that might have to be understood, trained, tamed, trusted and dealt with . In this talk, we will look at a different way of designing for and with intelligence. Looking in the murky in between today’s reality and the utopian full automated future and by jumping in between real prototypes and fictional scenarios, we will explore new interactions that will emerge in the attempt of domesticating intelligence in our everyday lives.

Pamela Pavliscak
When Your Internet Things Know How You Feel
Pamela Pavliscak, Founder, SoundingBox

The technology we use every day knows a lot about what we do—what we click on, where we go, and who we follow. But so far, it doesn’t know much about how we feel. That’s changing. Emotion-sensing technology is moving from an experimental phase to reality. Maybe, our Internet things will start to understand us, cultivating emotional connections and picking up on social cues. What does it mean for how we design technology? This talk, grounded in the latest research and case studies, shows how designers can create rich, emotional experiences for the next wave of emotion-aware technology.