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Session: Relate to the machine

Human – nonhuman relationship

Our relation with machines is changing. The relation between humans and nonhumans is becoming more duplex and AI is influencing the behaviour of the devices. We wear devices more close on our body and we are interacting with things that become more self-aware and get agency or even citizenship. We need to rethink this interplay and how we design for these.


In this session we focus on the new intimate interactions we have with these objects with agency and the consequences for design. We are discussing the need for having a relationship with these tech and what that entails in the first place.
How do we design technology that we can have a responsible relationship with? How do we design technology that enables us to have responsible relationships with each other?
We invited researchers and designers with different backgrounds that share their thoughts and findings and present them in statements for the discussion.

In the second part we like to discuss the ethical questions of these new interactions through the workshop ‘Make Me Think!’.


This session is curated and moderated by Iskander Smit. Maaike Harbers will lead the discussion using her ethics workshop ‘Make me Think!’


Maria Luce Lupetti; postdoc researcher TU Delft AiTech
Cristina Zaga; associate researcher UTwente
Gijs Huisman; senior track researcher Digital Society School

Program Day 1

Our program on Thursday the 12th

Day 1 of Thingscon 2019 we will shape the future narratives of the responsible IoT and beyond together. You can dive deep with peers, thought leaders, innovators, and researchers from the ThingsCon community and beyond:

Full program

Program Day 2

Our program on Friday the 13th

Day 2 of Thingscon 2019 is about the current state of the responsible IoT. You can get inspiration from thought leaders and practitioners from the field, get hands-on with the latest tools & insights and be part of the leading discours. To end Thingscon will present a State of the Responsible IoT in 2019:

Full program


12 / 13 December, Rotterdam

Date and time

Thursday, 12 dec. 2019, 09:00 – 19:00 (CET)
Friday, 13 dec. 2019, 09:00 – 20:00 (CET)


Het Nieuwe Instituut
25 Museumpark, 3015 CB Rotterdam (map)