Be Your Own Robot

presentations / talks

With technology becoming part of us, one wonders to what extent we can outsource our (inter)actions. What makes us human? Our behaviour? Our extended and enhanced body? How is humanity changing under the growing influence of hi-tech? Computer scientist and fiction developer Sander Veenhof is sketching a future scenario in which we do not have to run away from the tech-oriented future, but we can't sit still neither.

"Be Your Own Robot" introduction:

1. We've already turned into cyborgs (half man, half machine) since the mass adoption of the smartphone

2. Controlling everything around us is no longer fiction, like in games such as Watch Dogs

3. This MIT app turns the smartphone into a remote control for objects around us.

4. Instead of looking through a smartphone to interact with things around us, the semi-digital world around us will be an immersive experience thanks to augmented reality wearables.

5. We'll be able to view what objects connected to the internet of things have to say to us

6. Abstract visualisations will help to prevent information overload

7. Artificial intelligence will monitor our behavious and offer to help when nessecary

8. We want everything for free, so there will be a little advertising in return

9. Wearing Google Glass in public wasn't a succes, so Microsoft wisely pitches their Hololens augmented reality unit as a wearable to be used at home.

10. Various vendors imagine this is how we'll access our screens in the future, this is how our future as smart beings will look like. If you don't want to spend 3000 euro for a Hololens, order the $100 euro Seer helmet!

11. Or build your own DIY wearable

12. One day, augmented reality glasses will be cool

13. Use-case: wearing AR glasses while driving

14. Use-case: wearing AR glasses when your car does not drive

15. You can be a car mechanic with the right guidance

16. Fiction?

17. We're already temporary shop employees when we're self scanning our products

18. The screen instructs us what to do and asks us for information

19. Numerous screens are entering our life, asking for information and/or advising us what to do

20. How many wearable and external devices can we handle?

21. Even self learning apps and devices will need some initial configuration to know how we wish them to operate

22. Another device, another configuration screen

23. And some more..

24. Plus the management of event triggers and connections amongst apps, devices and us

25. Humans are going to be a piece in an interconnected web of data-driven entities

26. We will need a standardised OS (operating system) to manage our semi-digital life efficiently

27. An API will apps and devices can connect and get replies without bothering us

28. With standardised inputs and outputs, you can easily switch provider or oursource your cyborg behaviour services

29. Instead of just the big names in the field, multiple vendors and suppliers will be able to plug-in and provide you with customised services, personal guidance with the right tone of voice, adventurous state of minds or whatever cyborg behaviour you wish

30. Be Your Own Robot!

31. Activate plug-ins using your mobile control unit

32. Humans are the new robots

33. Acting as robots, our behaviours might be patented

34. Formerly human behaviours will be digital processes with an impact that goes beyond Tinder matching

35. Dating will be efficient task thanks to Artificial Intelligence, real-time sensor-data and background profiling

36. AI will help us to say the right thing at the right time. Unlike the movie 'Her', in the future both parties on a date will be powered by digital insights. We'll no longer be 100% human.

37. Social interaction will be a semi-digital happening. Scripted, patented, for sale or available as freemium content.

38. The positive side: anyone will be able to install and activate the skills required to achieve any imaginable task!

39. A distant future fiction? No need to wait for the hardware to arrive. It's ready to give us glimpse into our future reality.


15.03.2018 "How to be your own robot?" - TEDxAUCollege

26.09.2017 Presentation @ NFF Gouden Kalf interactive selection

30.06.2017 Beyond Borders The Hague

21.07.2016 WhyNot festival Amsterdam

Sander Veenhof (NL 1973)

With a fascination for augmented reality that started when the Layar browser was bringing AR to a mass audience, I've been creating a lot of different geo-location apps for various domains. The meaningful relation between the physical space and the local context has been a key theme in my projects, avoiding "VR with a transparent background". My current focus is on developing HoloLens concepts. Through storytelling apps, multi-user experiences and public interventions I aim to show the unbounded and endless opportunities of AR, trying to disrupt the common expectancies of the technology, initiate discussion and open up room for innovation and new use-cases.