Technologically framed issues of the coming decade will be on smart environments, The Internet of Things, pervasive computing, ubicomp, Things That Think, Disappearing Computer, Ambient Intelligence, calm technology, all terms for the trend of chips and circuits, switches and boards moving out of the computer as we know it, into clothing (wearables), homes (domotics), military operations (smart dust), healthcare (implants), security ( smart cameras), and through logistics and retail into the chain of things that we buy and sell every day. However, they will not move out without sending postcards home. They will keep in touch with the digital infrastructures and databases by calling in from time to time. Following Mark Weiserís vision in his seminal 1992 Computing for the 21th century text, this view on computing is the fastest spreading paradigm in the history of technology: from Intel (hardware), to Philips (Ambient Intelligence), from Nokia (Near Field Communication), to DARPA (distributed systems), from the EU vision of Digital Territory to the EPC Global dream of an Internet of Things (Object Name Servers).
As the World Wide Web has changed our ways to communicate, to collaborate and share information in previously unavailable ways, ambient technology will even further influence our lives, HOW we perceive and communicate and shape our identity. It will reshape our media in new content and environments, our daily live and work environment and our economical challenges Using new technologies and improved sensor capabilities it will facilitate more human communication and places the human in the centre of his adaptive environment. An important question will then be to find new ways of scripting new forms of solidarities with these digital technologies which will deepen the possibilities, which will inspire trust and confidence or that we will be confronted with more control and/or hiding the technological complexity behind ever more simple user friendly interfaces. In both cases there is no learning by citizens on how to function within such a system, thereby opening up a ll kinds of breakdown scenarios.
We will discuss how to negociate the vast economic and human resources in the Netherlands, its unique saturedness in terms of infrastructures and excellent planning strategies in relation to a practical living of everyday life, real human problems and challenges? This evening we hope to get the key players in the Dutch ambient intelligence field together in order to debate strategies towards collaboration and concrete implementation scenarios.
With Boris de Ruyter (Philips), Erik Geelhoed (Hewlett-Packard Laboratories), Berry Eggen (TU Eindhoven, Design Platform Eindhoven), Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (Mediamatic) & Maurits Kreijveld