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Hands-on AI Meetup: Smart City

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A special edition of the Hands-on AI Meetup series, focused on the Smart City.

The city is a vast source of data, and the Smart City promises to unlock potentially valuable applications such as greater efficiency of public services, highly engaged citizen participation, and a cleaner environment. Machine Learning plays a pivotal role in these developments because only when using techniques like neural networks it becomes feasible to discern patterns and perhaps meaning in the statistically unstable and error-prone data stream 'from the streets'.
However very quickly the utopian promises become muddy, and questions arise: Should all data be made freely available, to whom? Can business claim ownership of data that is gathered from sensors they sold? To what level of detail (neighborhood, street, address, person) is it ethically acceptable to collect and aggregate data and make inferences? How can we gain insight in the inner workings of algorithms that are trained with public data, and who should (or shouldn’t) be able to monetize this data?

In this special edition of the Hands-on AI Meetup series we aim to tackle these issues head-on and hands-on in a workshop setting led by Roy Bendor and Richard Vijgen.

How to trip over Data is an art-design collaboration between Richard Vijgen ( and Roy Bendor (industrial design, TU Delft).

The project experiments with new methods for public engagement on urban design, aiming to make the smart city’s infrastructure space visible, legible, and therefore actionable. The questions that motivate the project are: how can we evoke concern over the smart city’s emergent infrastructure space? And how can we open up new ways to think about the relations between space and value in the information-centric city? The project’s pilot phase was funded by a Starter Grant from the Stimuleringsfonds (Creative Industry).

In this meetup we would like to discuss two important questions: (1) What kind of data can be used to problematize some of the assumptions about the smart city? (2) What design criteria are necessary to develop, build, and deploy a network of ‘guerilla’ sensors that could be used to visualize a ‘shadow’ smart city?

There is still a presentation slot for critical projects about the smart city narrative. Contact Jan Misker [masked] if you are interested.

This meetup is free (donations welcome), but please indicate your interest by clicking attend on the Facebook or Meetup event, that way we now a bit what to expect.

19.00 doors
19.30 welcome and presentations
20.00 hands-on workshop
21.00 drinks and networking

Picture: Embassy of Data installation, Dutch Design Week 2017, Studio Richard Vijgen.