ThingsCon Salon: Listening Things
SmartHome Interoperability, Inference and Impact
Discussions on IoT and AI; Ethics, Privacy and Trust
An STRP Festival partner event
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Date: 14th April 2023
Time: 19.00 – 21.30
Location: AI Innovation Center, High Tech Campus, Eindhoven
STRP Festival: The Art of Listening: In a time when speaking is dominant, STRP asks how we can learn to revalue the art of listening. What would an environment for active and empathetic listening look like? How can we train our ears and hearts to be more receptive to our fellow human beings, to plants and animals, to nature? And how can we learn to listen more carefully to our own bodies and intuition?
“… A careful and critical understanding of the ethics of listening seems even more important when we consider that we are not the only ones increasingly focused on listening. Machines are becoming eager listeners as voice recognition devices invade our houses and (home) workplaces.” From: https://strp.nl/updates/the-art-of-listening
ThingsCon Salon: Listening Things: During the ‘STRP Festival: The Art of Listening’, this ThingsCon Salon invites you to join in considering how the rapid proliferation of smart home technology is revolutionizing the way we interact with our homes and our lives. However, as this technology continues to penetrate our personal spaces, it is also critical to comprehend the implications of its use and the accompanying ethical, privacy, and trust concerns.
With presentations and discussion, we will delve into the complexities of responsible ‘SmartHome’ design as it relates to interoperability, inference, and their overall impact. We will take a deep dive into emerging advancements in the way devices interact with one another and how systems draw insights from the data they gather and consume. Additionally, we will examine both the advantages and challenges of inviting such ‘listening’ devices and systems into our homes and consider how this may already be re-defining the boundaries of privacy and trust.
Join this discussion on the potential and possibilities of Smart Home solutions and on the implications for responsible IoT design.
Interoperability is the ability of devices to communicate and work together, often through the use of APIs and other protocols. This is an important consideration for any kind of networked system, as it allows for the efficient sharing of data and resources which is considered key for a Smart Home to be able to work more effectively. With the launch of the Matter protocol in 2022 promises to give a substantial boost to SmartHome interoperability and usability.
Inference is the ability of devices and systems to draw conclusions based on the data and facts they receive. This can be used to detect patterns, make predictions and identify correlations from which further insights can be drawn or reactions triggered. This process utilizes a combination of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and techniques, such as machine learning, natural language processing, and logical inference, to accomplish this.
The impact of these technologies can be both positive and negative, depending on how they are used and the potential ethical, privacy and trust implications. With the proliferation of connected devices, it is essential to consider how personal data is managed, how privacy is protected, and how trust is established between the different actors involved.
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18.30 Doors open
19:00 – 19:20 Introduction
By Iskander Smit and Lorna Goulden (ThingsCon)
19:20 – 20:30 Presentations
20:30 – 21:00 Panel and interactive discussion
21.00 – 21:30 Drinks and networking