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Letting Users Control AI

  • Sensor Lab 4 Plompetorengracht Utrecht, UT, 3512 CC Netherlands (map)

This is a Demystifying the Smart City meet-up.

During this meet-up we will discuss the challenges and solutions to get a better understanding on the implications of AI/ML. We will dive into questions such as, to what extent can we let the user control AI? To what extent can a user understand what AI does? What role does design have in communicating these topics and how do we design for A.I.

Entrance: 5 euro's includes two drinks - you can buy your ticket at the door; PIN only
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- Pepijn Verburg [Bureau Moeilijke Dingen]
Pepijn Verburg works as interaction & product designer at Bureau Moeilijke Dingen, a design agency that focuses on the development of smart products. With knowledge and expertise in the fields of psychology, database and server management Pepijn will showcase the projects presented at the Dutch Design Week that made the inner-workings of AI and machine learning accessible to non-experts users.

- Wouter Moraal
Wouter Moraal (MSc) creates interactive art installations to deepen the public – and his own - understanding about the role of new technologies in society. His latest development is the educational board game Artificial Impact. The game is about understanding the workings of deep learning algorithms and the dark sides of their use by institutions.

- Mark Mooij [AI-Applied]
Mark finished his Master's degree in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Amsterdam in 2012. In 2007 he co-founded Ai Applied together with Bruno Jakic. Mark's speciality lies in Sentiment Analysis which was the subject of his Master Thesis. His expertise in Python is extended as Ai Applied's web expert in Django facilitating access to Ai Applied's core technologies through API's.


How can we let end users better understand how AI functions? How can we improve the way end users influence / control AI? For example: Is it possible to ‘switch off’ the ai in certain instances and get away from our information bubble? How can users control the profiles that others create of us? These questions will be addressed in the projects that will be presented and discussed in the concluding panel discussion.

This is the 2nd meetup part of the Demystifying the Smart City project more information about this project and previous meetups can be found on the sensor lab website:

This event is made possible with the kind support of the Creative Industry Fund & CLEVER°FRANKE

Earlier Event: December 12
Communicating Data Ownership
Later Event: January 26
Processing Community Day