Future Probing session with the students of the Design Lab of U Twente

Future Probing session at the Design Lab of the University of Twente was one of the examples of Summ()n’s ‘teaching activities’, when we present our tools and methods to students of various universities and schools. In this case it was a ‘very good one’. Unfortunately, we (and the students, too) are often given too little time for these exercises, while the goals are set too high (yet too abstract, too), and the results tend to be so-so.

In this case it was quite opposite: the students were all from a very particular course (Scenario Based Design), and had a number of specific business cases to work with. Knowing these boundaries, we had a chance to prepare a small, but meaningful set of ‘future signals’. Plus, the students had a good deal of time to go through theses signals (ok, it was still pressure-cooker kind of format, but most teams managed to handle the signals from all four domains that we have prepared: Professional Tools, Collaborative Practices, Smart Spaces and Business Models).

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Theorizing Technological Mediation @ U Twente

Thanks to hyperactive activity of Peter Paul Verbeek and his team, University of Twente in the Dutch city Enschede has become one of the world-leading institutions in the domain of philosophy of technology. The subject of human-technology mediation is way more complex that your typical HCI or even UX, and requires a more in-depth, multi-disciplinary approach, and indeed more philosophical take.

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