Future of Mobile Artificial Intelligence–Event Round-Up

I recently ran a series of five events in London with Lloyd Davis of Tuttle Club fame and all hosted at Truphone’s 21st floor offices in Canary Wharf.

The first session had author and founder of Truphone’s, James Tagg, leading a romp through the current thinking about the future of artificial intelligence in the context of mobile, ie “When will your smartphone be smarter than you?”

 

We then went into a (relatively) short open space session with people suggesting conversations about “How & when the laws of robotics will apply to smartphone AIs”, “How can AI be used for creating world peace?” and “What does the AI world really look like in 2025?”

Lloyd managed to catch a few snippets of the conversations:

 

The format worked very well, here’s audio of the final circle (a sentence or two from everyone who wants to) many people said it was very refreshing and stimulating to have a chance to talk about what they wanted to talk about while also having plenty of time to quiz James.

For more reading about Artificial Intelligence, you might like a copy of James Tagg’s book – Are the Androids Dreaming Yet?: Amazing Brain. Human Communication, Creativity & Free Will. You can download a free chapter from his website or order a digital or paper version on Amazon (affiliate link).

More reasons to hang out with us in Leeds!

In case you’ve missed it, we have a whole bunch of events now listed for 3 and 4 November in Leeds. They’re all free to attend and you don’t need to be a mobile expert to enjoy them. You can see in the previous listings for the Innovation on the Fringe Goes to Leeds event, Swedish Beers Goes North! and the Ladies Lunch. Listed below are the recent additions to the line-up. We do hope you can join us. It’s going to be great.

Newly listed:

TuesdayFuture of Work: Open Space Session with Lloyd Davis and Nothing Great is Easy

WednesdayFuture of Mobile: Talk + Open Space Session with James Tagg and Lloyd Davis and also Future of Mobile Advertising: Open Space Session with Helen Keegan and Lloyd Davis

Fancy doing a session yourself? Get in touch with Helen to discuss.

Quick links to all listings on Tuesday 3 November and Wednesday 4 November 2015.

A big thank you to aql and Inspiring Interns for supporting all of these events.

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Swedish Beers Goes North! Leeds First Edition

Leeds 2015 swedish beersAs a Northerner by birth, and with lots of Northern friends, it’s about time we had a Swedish Beers bash up North and finally, it’s happening! with thanks to our friends at aql and Inspiring Interns.

We’re back with our favourite and long-standing Barcelona sponsors, aql and will enjoy the delights of their very own bar. If you haven’t visited before, you’re in for a treat. Doors will be open from 6.30pm and we’ll close when we’re done. It’s a school night, so I’m guessing that will be about 10.30pm ish.

If you haven’t been before, Swedish Beers is a business networking event for executives interested in mobile technology. Expect a friendly crowd, lots of chat about mobile, life, the universe and why Swedish Beers is called Swedish Beers and much more. There will be refreshments (soft drinks are available and in plentiful supply) courtesy of our lovely friends at aql. There will be people from all walks of mobile life there on the night – be that app developers, advertising, media, mobile marketing, handset manufacturers, payment providers, big data, brands, agencies, analysts, journalists, start-ups, veterans, noobs and much more. Come alone or come with a friend but do come.

Date: Tuesday 3 November 2015

Time: 6.30pm until closing

Place: aql Salem Bar, 11 to 15 Hunslet Road, Leeds LS10 1JQ. For out of towners, it’s about a 10 minute walk from Leeds station. There’s a pay and display car park nearby for those of you driving.

The events is free to attend. Registration is required and all registration details will be shared with our event sponsors and partners.

Spread the word and look forward to seeing you all soon.

Skål!

Helen

http://swedishbeers.org

@swedishbeers

http://facebook.com/swedishbeers

This is a Heroes of Mobile event.

About our sponsors

Lead sponsor and host: aql

If you’ve been to Swedish Beers in Barcelona before, you may well remember aql’s founder, Adam, and his crew from as they’ve supported us for several years now and are well known in Leeds and the surrounding area. They really know their onions when it comes to voice, SMS and hosting – feel free to test them on their knowledge on the night! They’ve been in the mobile business for a very long time, have the most amazing data centre in a converted church in Leeds and are great fun to boot. Meet the gang to chew the mobile fat, enjoy a few beers and have a good time. Find out more about aql on the night or from their website.

 

Supporting sponsor: Inspiring Interns

If you’ve been to any of the London Swedish Beers parties, it’s more than likely you’ve met onre or more of the Inspiring Interns team. They now have a new office in Manchester so they’re also supporting Swedish Beers Goes North. Inspiring Interns is a graduate recruitment agency connecting talented graduates with top companies and start-up businesses across the UK with offices in London and Manchester. Come and hang out with Martin and his friendly team.

Why I do improvisation. A follow up from the recent improv workshop.

stuart reid improv logoI recently ran an evening improvisation workshop in London with Stuart Reid. I attended one of his weekend workshops about a year or so ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. What I wasn’t expecting was how relevant it was in a work context. I had expected it to be all about laughing and enjoying ourselves – which it was. But it was also a powerful tool for improving communication skills, understanding how communication and collaboration work and for building confidence. With that in mind, we trialled a more work-related improv session to get some feedback from attendees to help us develop it further so we can offer more sessions in the future – both to the public and tailored sessions for teams and companies. It was great fun and a great success so we’ll be doing more of them in due course.

Stuart opened our improv session with a very short introduction as to why it was important so I asked him to put some words together on that to share with you all. Over to you Stuart.

Stuart- reid cropped“In my work as a consultant, advising leaders on how to after change in their organisations, I’ve discovered that there are two practices that make the biggest difference to how well prepared I am for my work.

The first is meditation. I don’t do it as often as I could, but when I do it makes a huge difference. And the second is improvisation.

These practices have three things in common. First they both encourage me to be present, to focus on the here and now instead of unpicking what’s already happened or being anxious about the future. And by being present I am also more aware of what’s going on, what’s happening in the room, more aware of my environment and I pay more attention to what I’m feeling and needing. It’s like being more awake.

Second, both these practices help me to accept what is. In meditation I accept whatever thoughts and feelings flow through my mind. In improv, I accept whatever my scene partner does  or says and it becomes my reality too – we build a shared world together.

The final thing these practices remind me to do is to trust the process. Improvisation, like meditation, is a process. At any particular moment I may not be enjoying what I’m doing, may feel out of sorts or not ‘in flow’. If I suspend my judgement, and trust the process, it will get me where I need to be.

What makes these activities a ‘practice’? It’s a bit of a grand-sounding word. Meditation comes in different forms: meditation of the breath, walking, eating, solo meditation, meditating in a group. Improvisation has games or activities with simple rules intended to teach specific improv skills.  What makes these a practice is that they are activities that are designed to be repeated again and again. I’ll never ‘master’ meditation: like taking exercise, it’s something I need to do on a regular basis. Improvisers return again and again to games that are old favourites, as well as playing new games to stretch their improv ‘muscles’.

So in an improv workshop, the games we learn are designed to reach fundamental improv skills, like listening, or finding inspiration in our environment, or building on ideas from our partners. And just like meditation,the skills we learn new improv ‘spill over’ into other parts of our lives. Being present, accepting, trusting. They are skills that can be developed, and everyone can do it. And improv let’s you do that and enjoy laughter at the same time. What’s not to like?”

hacklands circles plus 1Thanks Stuart. Watch out for more improv workshops from Heroes of Mobile in the coming months. And check out Stuart’s other classes and workshops. I highly recommend. Oh, and we may well have some improv tricks up our sleeves at next week’s Hacklands Festival. Come and join us!

Hacklands Festival of Technology 14 to 16 August 2015

It has been action stations at Heroes of Mobile what with Swedish Beers Midsummer Edition in London last month and the upcoming Hacklands Festival of Technology happening next month. So let me tell you a bit more about the festival.

hacklands circles plus 1 WHAT: Hacklands is a new hackathon and festival happening on a farm on the border of Kent and Surrey brought to you by Helen Keegan (Heroes of the Mobile Fringe Festival, Swedish Beers and more) and James Tagg, (author, farmer, entrepreneur, physicist and CTO & co-founder of Truphone).

WHEN: From 5pm on Friday 14 August to 5pm on Sunday 16 August.

AUDIENCE: We welcome adults and children who have an interest in technology either because they like building it or because they like to use it and are interested in future uses of technology. Under 18s will need to be accompanied by an adult. You do not have to be a developer to come. We will have sessions and space for both developers and non-developers and can cater for children too.

IMG_2023TELL ME MORE: It is a community oriented festival where we will combine elements of a hackathon (you can code and build stuff), an unconference or barcamp (you can talk about stuff) and a festival (you can chill at our campfire by our stone circle, camp under the stars, talk until the wee hours and enjoy the music and performances). And we have glamping too courtesy of our friends at Sleeping Bells.

We actively encourage you to get involved to build something, talk about something, perform something or learn something.

Interested in doing something – leading a session, giving access to APIs, arts and crafts, something else? Please tell us when you buy your ticket or you can fill in the form here.

WHAT’S ON: We have several areas available to use for unconference sessions, workshops or hacking (that’s what we call the software and hardware building bit). There are undercover spaces, tented areas and outdoor spaces. There’s wifi across the site (even the fields) and part of the farm is solar powered. We have some flat concrete floors which will be particular good for playing around with robots or landing drones. We have room for camping and plenty space for parking. We can look after 100 people comfortably, and we can make more space available if more people want to come.

Weekend tickets available now with or without camping. Food included in both tickets and a pay cafe bar available outside of meal times. Find out more at our website, Facebook page, Twitter or our Eventbrite page. You can also buy tickets by clicking below

If you’d like the glamping option, please find out more here and contact Gavin directly to book. Prices start at £80. Festival tickets must be bought separately.

 

Swedish Beers, London–Midsummer Edition–Wednesday 17 June 2015

Yes, it’s just a few days to go until our next party in London. It’s coming up for midsummer so it’s about time we had another Swedish Beers party. For those of you who were in Barcelona, it’s time to relive some of the memories and for those of you who weren’t, then it’s time to create some memories of your own in London town.

Drinks are courtesy of Buzzcity (mobile advertising specialists and our lead sponsor for the evening), Inspiring Interns (recruitment agency focussed on graduate roles), Fantastic Services (London’s largest cleaning company who are about to launch their cleaning app) and US Tax and Financial Services (there’s nothing these guys don’t know about tax issues for US citizens in the UK or for UK citizens and businesses headed Stateside).

There’ll be plenty drinks to go around of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic varieties. There is food available to buy on the night if you haven’t had time to grab a bite to eat before you come.

We’re back at our favourite London joint, The Nordic Bar, where Swedish Beers began back in 2001 in the mists of mobile time. Doors will be open from 6.15pm and the bar has a late licence until midnight for those of you who want to stay up late on a school night.

If you haven’t been before, expect a friendly crowd, lots of chat about mobile, life, the universe and why Swedish Beers is called Swedish Beers. There will also be beer pong (yes, there’s a ping pong table) and, of course, refreshments (soft drinks are available and in plentiful supply) courtesy of our lovely sponsors. There will be people from all walks of mobile life there on the night – be that app developers, advertising, media, mobile marketing, handset manufacturers, payment providers, big data, brands, agencies, analysts, journalists, start-ups, veterans, noobs and much more. There have already been a lot of RSVPs on eventbrite already. Why not join them? Come alone or come with a friend but do come.

Date: Wednesday 17 June 2015

Time: 6.15pm until closing

Place: The Nordic Bar, Newman Street, London W1 (nearest tube Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus or Goodge Street)

You can RSVP below or over on Facebook. Either way, it’s free to attend.

Spread the word and look forward to seeing you all soon.

Skål!

Helen

http://swedishbeers.org
@swedishbeers
http://facebook.com/swedishbeers
This is a Heroes of Mobile event.

Swedish Beers–The Barcelona Photos

In case you missed them on Facebook, here are the photos from the party in Barcelona in March over on Flickr. They’re better quality on Flickr if you prefer the full screen HD performance!

A big thank you to our sponsors on the night – Kochava, AQL, Futurice, Drippler and Joshua PR.

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Photo credits Maria Stawska (– See her website and Facebook page) and Shafiq Mumani – Terra Advisors.

And here are the photos or click on the image above to get to the album. (Flickr no longer allows me to embed a slideshow here so you’ll need to head over to Flickr to see them). Enjoy!

Are the Androids Dreaming Yet? Artificial Intelligence in a Mobile World

androids book compositeArtificial Intelligence in a Mobile World
A talk and round table discussion with Truphone and James Tagg. Further guests tba.
 

Exercise your mind as well as your shoe leather this year at the Heroes of the Mobile Fringe Festival with James Tagg and his new book, ‘Are the Androids Dreaming Yet?’ No, not Android the operating system, but rather the big question. As Google hovers up Artificial Intelligence companies, what should we expect from our mobile devices in five year’s time? How long will we be smarter than our smartphones?

Doors will open at 5pm for a 5.30pm start. Tapas and drinks will be served during the session. RSVP required so we know how much food and drink to provide for you.

About the book

Alan Turing invented the computer, helped win World War II and left us with one of the greatest puzzles of our time – the imitation game. Can computers do everything a human mind can do? The book charts a journey through the science of information, from the origins of language and logic to the frontiers of modern physics. From Lewis Carroll’s logic puzzles, through Alan Turing and his work on Enigma, to John Bell’s inequality and finally, the Conway-Kochen ‘Free Will’ Theorem. How do the laws of physics give us our creativity, our rich experience of communication and, especially, our free will?

The book is available on Amazon and iTunes now.

About the Author

James Tagg is an inventor and entrepreneur. A pioneer of touchscreen technology, he has founded several companies, including Truphone, the world’s first global mobile network. He holds numerous patents, filed in over a hundred countries. He studied Physics and Computer Science at Manchester University, Design at Lancaster University and Engineering at Cambridge University. He lives with his family on a farm in Kent, England. 

This event is supported by Truphone and Talent Garden Barcelona.

Swedish Beers sponsor announcements

I think I’ve been keeping you hanging on long enough to hear who’s going to be buying the beers and showing you a good time on the 4th March. I’m pleased to announce our first sponsors.

Introducing our lead sponsor, Kochava

They’re the bees knees when it comes to analytics and mobile attribution. They have some very nifty ways of getting the data you need whilst adhering to all data protection and privacy rules and best practice. They are unbiased and independent and empower advertisers to achieve their mobile media goals. Through mobile device recognition and tracking, the Kochava platform provides precise, real-time analytics that span from initial launch through conversion, optimization and lifetime value (LTV) reporting. They’re using a really interesting scientific approach to do all this, so feel free to chat to them about game theory, big data and probability as well as chewing the mobile fat. Oh, and they’ll have a big bunch of beer tokens so you know where to go to get your drinks! Find out more on their website http://www.kochava.com/

Sponsors

Welcome back AQL! If you’ve been to Swedish Beers in Barcelona before, you may well remember Adam and his crew as they’ve supported us for several years now. They really know their onions when it comes to voice, SMS and hosting. They’ve been in the mobile business for a very long time, have the most amazing data centre in a converted church in the North of England and are great fun to boot. Meet the gang to chew the mobile fat, enjoy a few beers and have a good time. 

You may have met Futurice before at Swedish Beers in Berlin or London. They’re a fab creative technology company, with offices in the UK, Germany, Switzerland and Finland, have innovation and digital creativity in its DNA. Renowned for building digital services for people to love, they’re equally at home with enterprise software as they are with consumer products. And they’re not just working on websites and online projects; they’re also experienced in electronics and internet of things. Not only that, but they pride themselves on creating a great place for people to work (they were the No 1 company to work for in Europe in 2012 and 2013) which makes for great client services too.

These guys are on a mission to work with people who want to build the world’s most awesome digital services. If that sounds like you, then Futurice are the people to meet. Jarkko and his team will be at Swedish Beers and they’re particularly interested in meeting marketing people, retailers, heads of mobile, innovation leads and people interested in designing and building great digital products and services. They’re a friendly bunch and will happily chat to you about all things mobile. I hope you’ll give Futurice a very warm Swedish Beers welcome!

Further sponsor and supporter announcements as they come…

Not registered to come yet? Best do it now, then!

Eventbrite - Swedish Beers - #10 Barcelona Edition, 2015

New event – Device Labs: What are they good for?

device labs eventHow do you build the perfect digital product?

Join academic and industry experts to discuss the current landscape in mobile application testing.  In an age where emulators and cloud testing are gaining fast ground, we’ll debate the pros and cons of physical device labs including

  • What best practices should guide product testing?
  • Practical impacts such as time and cost efficiency?
  • How the advancement of the Internet of Things influences the direction of mobile testing?

Come and join what promises to be a lively debate, and contribute your views to a White Paper on Mobile Testing by leading global university, University College London, with support from the CTIA.

UCL is particularly interested in meeting people who design or build apps and have a requirement for testing (at any level) whether you’re an individual developer or from a larger company or agency. All views welcome.

We’ll be serving snacks and drinks (soft drinks, wine or coffee) and for those wanting to head to Swedish Beers afterwards, it’s less than 5 minutes walk away.

The venue is just a few minutes walk from either Liceu or Placa Catalunya Metro stations. The full address will be given when you confirm your place.

The event is free to attend, but places are limited as this is a round-table discussion style event. RSVP required so we know how much food and drink to provide for you.

This event is brought to you by University College London, Heroes of the Mobile Fringe and the CTIA.

       

About UCL DECIDE for business

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/advances/advances-programmes/ucl-decide-business 

DECIDE helps you validate your digital business. We offer free user experience consultations, cross-device testing, and large-scale beta testing with detailed use analytics to make sure your business decisions are evidence based, customer focussed and commercially rewarding. 

 #UX Lab

Polish your product with free UX consultancy and tailored user testing, grow your customer base with promotion through App Ambassadors.

#Device Lab

Test your product in London’s largest open device library – be sure it works across all the devices, platforms and operating systems that your customers might use.

 #App Lab

UCL’s exclusive app store is available for free beta-testing. Push your app out to UCL’s 35,000 staff and students to gather detailed use analytics, use these to learn and iterate with the help of our UX Consultants, and connect directly with users hoping to become your App Ambassadors.