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MCE^3 - Jonathan Flint - What I Cannot Create, I Do Not Understand

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My talk will cover our process through two different case studies which touch on speculative design, strategy and making, through a series of built and deployed products. The first case study will look at the Drone Aviary project exploring the social, political and cultural potential of drone technology as it enters civil space. It will also examine how we have been communicating the project to different audiences in the form of inventive publications and workshops. And the next case study will look at BuggyAir (part of our bigger Internet of things platform called IOTA) an accurate mobile sensing kit that helps parents understand their children's exposure to air pollution. The title of the talk is from a quote by Richard Feynman it resonates with me because I am making and designing artefacts in the studio that have to be intuitive enough for any audience to understand. But also we find ourselves in the studio trying to work something out; from deciding what flight system to use for a quadcopter, to fabrication techniques. To do this we often ask ourselves, do we really have a real understanding of each step of the process?

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MCE^3 - Jonathan Flint - What I Cannot Create, I Do Not Understand

  1. 1. @joncflint | @superflux | superflux.in
  2. 2. musicmoon@rogers.com via Flickr
  3. 3. ! What I cannot create,
 I do not understand — RICHARD FEYNMAN
  4. 4. ! IOT Devices Alexander Klink Wikipedia / Vitality Glow caps Fastcompany Lighting Philips / Julien Doclot Flickr
  5. 5. ! Artificial Intelligence FD Mediagroep / Michael Shick Wikipedia Sue Waters Flickr / Jaro Larnos Flickr
  6. 6. YearOverYearChangeinConsumer DemandforConnectedHome Change in Connected Home Demand: May 2014 – May 2015 Argusinsights
  7. 7. Revolv Connectedlife
  8. 8. Monetising Data We didn’t make a fridge initially to 
 make a ton of money, but in a year or two, 
 it can make revenue, absolutely. — AZANIA ANDREWS Senior Director of Digital Connections, 
 Anheuser-Busch North America We’ll get more and more services 
 revenue because the hardware sits 
 on the wall for a decade. — TONY FADELL 
 Founder, 
 Nest The Internet of Things has a dirty little secret Medium
  9. 9. ! Uninvited Guests by Superflux!
  10. 10. ! Useless Robot Waiters! The Chinese Robot Restaurant Sickchirpse
  11. 11. ! Clever Hans! Wikimedia
  12. 12. ! Tay.ai – Microsoft!
  13. 13. ! Don’t Believe the Hype – Chris Arkenberg!
  14. 14. We often tend to imbue technology with the ideals 
 of the people who have created it.
  15. 15. VR ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT COMING 
 TO A CITY NEAR YOU MUNDANE UX DESIGN FOR THE CONNECTED HOME by Claire Rowland
  16. 16. GADGETS APPLICATIONS PERFECTION CERTAINTY THE FUTURE CULTURE IMPLICATIONS MUTATION UNCERTAINTY POSSIBLE FUTURES
  17. 17. GADGETS APPLICATIONS PERFECTION CERTAINTY THE FUTURE CULTURE IMPLICATIONS MUTATION UNCERTAINTY POSSIBLE FUTURES
  18. 18. GADGETS APPLICATIONS PERFECTION CERTAINTY THE FUTURE CULTURE IMPLICATIONS MUTATION UNCERTAINTY POSSIBLE FUTURES
  19. 19. GADGETS APPLICATIONS PERFECTION CERTAINTY THE FUTURE CULTURE IMPLICATIONS MUTATION UNCERTAINTY POSSIBLE FUTURES
  20. 20. GADGETS APPLICATIONS PERFECTION CERTAINTY THE FUTURE CULTURE IMPLICATIONS MUTATION UNCERTAINTY POSSIBLE FUTURES
  21. 21. ! Drone Aviary!
  22. 22. Phillip Capper Flickr ! Passenger Aircrafts Do Not Fly!
  23. 23. Bill Morrow Flickr ! Drones Do Not Fly!
  24. 24. Mark Fowler Flickr ! Regulations!
  25. 25. ! New Invisible Infrastructures
  26. 26. ! Critical Making
  27. 27. ! Five Drones!
  28. 28. Photo by V&A MuseumDomus Web ! Reaching Audiences
  29. 29. ! Superflux Magazine!
  30. 30. ! ‘Making Drones’ Workshop!
  31. 31. ! Making
  32. 32. ! Outcomes
  33. 33. ! Flying
  34. 34. ! BuggyAir!
  35. 35. ! Urgent Need to Understand Our Personal Exposure to Air Pollution npa45.org
  36. 36. ! Hardware
  37. 37. ! Software!
  38. 38. ! Data Control & Accountability! Got Credit Flickr
  39. 39. ! Prototyping
  40. 40. ! Prototype Versions!
  41. 41. ! Field Trials
  42. 42. musicmoon@rogers.com via Flickr
  43. 43. ! • Challenge what we are told. • Trust your instincts,through hands on making. • Find out the invisible layers behind a technology. !
  44. 44. superflux.in | hello@superflux.in jonflint@superflux.in | @joncflint ! Thank You

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