Advances in narrow artificial intelligence make possible agentive systems, which do things directly for their users in custom ways users want them done. (A simple example is an automatic pet feeder.) These technologies deliver on the promise of user-centered design more than ever before, but present fresh challenges in understanding their unique promises (say, time savings), pitfalls (say, risk of losing skills), and requirements (say, describing complex goals explicitly). Join Chris Noessel as he discusses this emerging practice, detailed in his forthcoming book Designing Agentive Technology: AI That Works for People, sharing lots of examples that bring it to life.
After a few years of frantic deployment of wearables, the hype has cooled and the reality is: most of those devices didn't tap the very real potential of wearable tech. Why do so many wearables suck, and how can we do better? Author and strategist Liza Kindred’s 20-year career in fashion and technology has explored both the challenges and benefits of (literally) weaving tech into our lives. She’ll offer a host of practical examples that illustrate an eye-opening framework of values to guide us in how we make and use new technology, with wearables as the lens.