1. The Secret Lives of Systems and Services - FutureEverything Conference 2014

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    The Secret Lives of Systems and Services FutureEverything Conference, Manchester 2014 In the aftermath of the Snowden scandal, as we learned that services and products that we use every day are facilitating unprecedented levels of surveillance or our personal lives, it becomes more urgent to understand what our common tools are actually doing as we use them, beyond our face value perception. There are other functions that are less well known to us, which connect our intimate personal data to politics and the balance of power on the global stage. The task of revealing and contesting those other unknown functions is therefore important. Computer security activists, hackers, technology thinkers and artists today are helping us to understand how to read this landscape, and how to operate within it. Speakers: James Bridle Eleanor Saitta Adam Harvey Scott Smith http://futureeverything.org

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    • The New Shape of Things - FutureEverything Conference 2014

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      The New Shape of Things FutureEverything Conference, Manchester 2014 While everyday objects in our environment, from the living room to the street and even our garments, become increasingly connected, something in their fundamental nature promises to change. A future where waste bins are surveillance objects and lights in airports can track us, or where mail boxes can start a conversations with passers-by, offer all kinds of possibilities to alter our understanding of our immediate reality. This talk investigates how connected objects can become a sophisticated language for creative exploration beyond the canonical visions of the Internet of Things industry, as designers and artists shape more ambiguous and culturally sophisticated scenarios. Speakers: Clare Reddington Tom Armitage Dan Williams Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino http://futureeverything.org

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      • The Data Economy - FutureEverything Conference 2014

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        The Data Economy FutureEverything Conference, Manchester 2014 This talk explores the emerging economics and design paradigms that can sustain the technologies likely to have the major impact in the coming years. Where the cutting edge of data science and economics meet, we see the rise of next generation decentralised, data intensive technology and infrastructure. This advanced online infrastructure is made possible by open data and ubiquitous connectivity. Here we look at evolving business models as well as how design can be less technology driven and more human centred. Speakers: Volker Buscher Irene Ng Neil Crockett Simon Giles http://futureeverything.org

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        • City API - FutureEverything Conference 2014

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          City API FutureEverything Conference, Manchester 2014 The lines are blurring between what happens inside city government and what happens outside. There is increasing sophistication in tools and platforms for both government and citizens, but there are real challenges for city councils to run genuinely open platforms at city scale. How far should city councils outsource their relation to citizens to private companies? What level of interaction do citizens have with their cities, and how can they influence development on a larger scale? Can we dream to engage every citizen in the design of cities? Speakers: Katalin Gallyas Emer Coleman Dan Hill http://futureeverything.org

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          • Building Creative Institutions - FutureEverything Conference 2014

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            Building Creative Institutions FutureEverything Conference, Manchester 2014 Museums today may be buying video games and 3D printed guns into their collections, but most of our institutions devoted to producing and preserving knowledge are hardly keeping up with the deep transformations in the way we create culture. In this talk, we hear from leading professionals who are rethinking in their practice the role museums and galleries can play to engage with network culture and their communities, along with pioneers who have explored new forms existing between the arts and industry. Speakers: Ben Vickers Mia Ridge Alex Fleetwood Seb Chan http://futureeverything.org

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            • Superfictions: Design for Social Dreaming - FutureEverything Conference 2014

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              Superfictions: Design for Social Dreaming FutureEverything Conference, Manchester 2014 As scientific fields like genomics, synthetic biology, new materials and robotics progress at a fast pace, so do the new social narratives and scenarios that accompany them. This talk gathers accomplished designers that are developing speculative narratives and social scenarios, to explore how different our everyday lives can be under the regimes of these emerging technologies. Speakers: Tobias Revell Koert van Mensvoort Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg http://futureeverything.org

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              • Keynote: Anab Jain - FutureEverything Conference 2014

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                Keynote: Anab Jain FutureEverything Conference, Manchester 2014 The Valley of the Meatpuppets is an ethereal space where people, agents, thingbots, action heroes and big dogs coexist. In this new habitat, we are forming complex relationships with nebulous surveillance systems, machine intelligences’ and architectures of control, confronting questions about our freedom and capacity to act under invisible constraints. With ever growing technological proliferation an increase in state and non-state monitoring and information warfare, a visceral sense of ambiguity, uncertainty and unconnectedness is becoming even more pronounced. If we are to understand and equip ourselves better to decipher and decode the intricate nature of these complex relationships and mediated social fictions, we will need to find new conceptual tools and vocabularies. What are these tools? How can we apply them at scale? http://futureeverything.org

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                • Critical Making - FutureEverything Conference 2014

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                  Critical Making FutureEverything Conference, Manchester 2014 In the same way we have stopped taking for granted that “openness” is an intrinsically positive quality, an increasing number of voices are requesting today a more critical evaluation of “making” and the merits of a DIY approach to tech. Are the Maker Movement and the Hackaton ideology truly transformative, or are they just a distraction void of any true social effect? This talk explores whether Critical Making – understood as the practice of questioning and reimagining tools – is a necessary practice today, and how can it be a culturally relevant form. Speakers: Golan Levin Garnet Hertz Justin McGuirk http://futureeverything.org

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                  • How to Create a Tool - FutureEverything Conference 2014

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                    How to Create a Tool FutureEverything Conference, Manchester 2014 The open source community, artists, creative technologists and hackers have developed hugely successful platforms, whose impact has been felt in multiple domains, beyond the communities that shaped them. The FutureEverything conference in 2013 included a call for deeper collaboration between grass roots, government and industry. What can industry, government and grass roots initiatives share from and learn from each other? In this session, Tomas Diez, founder of the promising Smart Citizen sensing platform, and Alex Gluhak from Intel’s Intelligent Cities Lab, discuss how citizen bottom-up and industry’s top-down platforms can exist in the same ecosystem. We close with one of the great success stories of the last year: Raspberry Pi. Rachel Rayns is the ambassador of the art community in the UK foundation that has put their credit-card sized computer in the hands of tens of thousands all over the world. This sessions builds on their experience to ask how we create a tool, and will also announce the launch of a new sensor platform in Manchester. Speakers: Alexander Gluhak Rachel Rayns Tomas Diez http://futureeverything.org

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                    • Keynote: Mike Bracken and Russell Davies - FutureEverything Conference 2014

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                      Keynote: Mike Bracken and Russell Davies FutureEverything Conference, Manchester 2014 In this opening keynote at the 2014 FutureEverything Conference, Mike Bracken, Head of Government Digital Services in the Cabinet Office, introduces the conference theme by looking at the hopes invested in, and limitations of, tools and platforms for government. He is joined by Russell Davies, Creative Director of GDS. The idea that development of platforms and tools can seriously transform the way government runs has become mainstream. This notion seriously took hold after the Data.gov project in the USA inspired a multitude of similar projects all over the world, in conjunction with projects such as Code for America and all kinds of civic hackathons. Mike and Russell introduce how GDS and the Government Digital Strategy approach the design and implementation of new tools in order to achieve key ambitions, from Gov.uk to data APIs. Reflecting on the limitations and compromises these tools bring with them, in the interaction between government and citizens. They go on to review platform development in the government sector over recent years, from tools for developers to digital services for citizens. Developing new services, platforms and infrastructures has become today the de-facto approach to problem solving and the transformation of society. Have they fulfilled their promises? What does it take to create a tool? Speakers: Mike Bracken Russell Davies http://futureeverything.org

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