“The Conference on the Future of Europe is a unique and timely opportunity for European citizens to debate on Europe’s challenges and priorities. The Conference is placed under the authority of the three institutions, represented by the President of the European Parliament, the President of the Council and the President of the European Commission, acting as its Joint Presidency.”
“The Emotion Tech Forum contributes to the discussion on Technology for People in the Digital Transformation category. This year’s agenda features the Head of the Nokia Chicago Innovation Center, Jose de Francisco, a recent recipient of a Design & Innovation Global Award, who will join speakers from Microsoft, Cisco, Adobe, EY, UK Government, City of Helsinki and ONCE.”
- 00:00 – Introduction
- 00:48 – Digital Technologies
- 03:27 – The Experience Economy and X as a Service
- 09:16 – A Designer’s Perspective
- 11:40 – QXbD, Quality eXperiences by Design
- 14:52 – HC AI, Human Centered Artificial Intelligence
- 18:41 – Emotion Technology
- 22:22 – Artificial Intelligence: Concerns and Opportunities
The following full-length 5 hour recording of the Forum features captions in Spanish. My interview follows a brief commentary by the journalist Carmen Vilches. Note that it is already bookmarked to start at minute 45.
- Fernando López Miras, President of the Region of Murcia
- Tobias Wiesenthal, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology – European Commission
- Matthias Ostermann, EY
- José de Francisco, Nokia
- Ángel Pérez Puletti, Baufest
- Paloma Hernández Esteve, Adobe
- Jeremy Yun, UK Government Digital Service
- Viivi Lähteenoja, City of Helsinki
- María Comín Mayordomo, Microsoft
- Jesús Hernández Galán, ONCE
- Xavier Azemar, Cisco
I would like to thank Alfonso José García López and the team at Fundación Integra for all of their support and flexibility. It was my pleasure to be involved in this year’s Emotion Tech Forum and I look forward to learning about the new initiatives that will be rolled out soon.
- Discussing QXbD @ II Emotion Tech Forum: Session Abstract, Bio and Promotional Videos.
- Directorate-General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology
- II Foro de Technlología Emocional / Press Release
- Conference on the Future of Europe
Making Tech Human with QXbD
Quality eXperiences by Design
Wednesday, December 1, 10:00 am CET – UTC/GMT +1 hour
Digital solutions are fueling today’s experience economy at a global scale in a constantly evolving landscape with unprecedented speed. The professional design craft is re-emerging not only as an outcome of societal dynamics but, most critically, as a change agent that shapes culture by placing people’s values and quality considerations at the forefront. In this session we will discuss how to innovate with QXbD, Quality eXperiences by Design, jointly with HCAI, Human Centered Artificial Intelligence and Affective Computing for ‘as a Service’ models.
Las soluciones digitales están impulsando la economía de la experiencia actual a escala global en un panorama en constante evolución con una velocidad sin precedentes. El arte del diseño profesional está resurgiendo no solo como resultado de la dinámica social sino, lo que es más crítico, como un agente de cambio que da forma a la cultura al colocar los valores de las personas y las consideraciones de calidad en primer plano. En esta sesión discutiremos cómo innovar con QXbD, Quality eXperiences by Design, junto con HCAI, Human Centered Artificial Intelligence y Affective Computing para modelos “as a Service”.
Jose de Francisco is the Chief Designer at Nokia Cloud & Network Services, the software leader in the global telecommunications sector, and Head of Nokia’s Chicago Innovation Center, an interdisciplinary R&D facility involving all of the company’s business groups. His professional experience encompasses leadership responsibilities in strategy, design, product management, research, new ventures and marketing. Jose is an award-winning designer and a Distinguished Member (DMTS) of Bell Labs for work on next generation mobile platforms, operations and applications.
José de Francisco es Chief Designer at Nokia Cloud & Network Services, el líder de software en el sector global de las telecomunicaciones, y Head of Nokia´s Chicago Innovation Center, una instalación de I+D interdisciplinaria que involucra a todos los grupos comerciales de la empresa. Su experiencia profesional abarca responsabilidades de liderazgo en estrategia, diseño, gestión de productos, investigación, nuevas empresas y marketing. José es un diseñador galardonado y miembro distinguido (DMTS) de Bell Labs por su trabajo en plataformas, operaciones y aplicaciones móviles de próxima generación.
“Any organization that wants to deliver targeted, personalized services and experiences needs to understand its customers inside and out: their wants, wishes, behaviors and attitudes.”
“These days, the data to develop that understanding is abundantly available. The challenge is to extract meaningful customer insights from it and convert those insights into actions.”
“By combining the principles of Design Thinking with the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI), CIOs have the tools to solve that problem and deliver powerful business results for their organizations.”
“Design Thinking, AI and starting with what users need” was just released this past October 15. The full article is available on CIODIVE, which I am proud to co-sign with Santeri Jussila, Head of Analytics Product Line at Nokia Software. Also thanks to Nokia’s own Patty Wong, Malla Poikela, Araceli del Rio and Marcelo Fabri. What follows is some additional color commentary and additional insights.
Reviewed on Sunday, October 20.
Design visions in the making.
I truly believe that these are exciting times. Often enough we recall and discuss visions conceived decades ago. We marvel about our predecessors’ foresight. Then we wonder about what’s actually truly new these days as we reach the magical 2020 time horizon: are we still innovating or just rehashing old concepts? Besides, what is the meaning of “real” and “true” in what the Oxford Dictionary defines as the post-truth era?
The fact is that a reality check unveils a thriving ecosystem economy where a number of the bits-&-pieces that any of us need to innovate with are coming together. Better yet, this is also happening at accelerated speeds and cost effective levels. In turn, Design Thinking is fostering new foresight around the possibilities ahead… basically, new visions in the making.
There is more to 5G.
As shared in the CIODIVE article, 5G has become a galvanizing technology. 5G goes well beyond radio optimization outpacing what 4G and earlier wireless systems had to offer. To be more specific: we are intersecting: lightspeed networking, scalable virtualizaiton, dynamic software defined instruments and systems, actionable analytics, agile automation… and new levels of programmability, all equipped with unprecedented intelligence.
Speaking of intelligence, the best that cybernetics has to offer comes in the form of context-aware and always-learning systems optmizing for exploration, decisioning and control. Their growth and high performance are driven by adaptive closed feedback-loop workflows, which entail both, human and machine smarts.
Fast evolving HMS, Human Machine Systems.
We all know and, nonetheless, history keeps reminding us that technical prowess alone does not suffice. At Nokia’s Venture Studio we are working on outcome-oriented HMS, Human-Machine-Systems.
This is why we purposely focus on usefulness, utillity, usability and affectivity values. In our line of work, Human Centered Design (HCD) and Human Factors Engineering (HFE) make a compelling difference.
Our thinking behind the design of Human-Machine-Systems is that they should be conceived and stress-tested for effectiveness (e.g. getting the job done, delivering meaningful results) and efficiency (e.g. optimizing resource utilization levels, maximizing value) as well as getting only smarter iteration after iteration, cycle after cycle.
Nokia Venture Studio.
Delivering High Performance Environments (HPE) and Quality Experiences by Design (QXbD) inform our Studio’s meta-methodology, lead to fluid practices and, equally important, signal a distinctive creative workstyle.
Digitizing the Digitalization Era.
It does not hurt to state the obvious: digitalization is now pervasive. Following that train of thought, digitalization also means both on-demand lightspeed consumption and instant mass personalization.
It means democratizing tech so that the digital divide becomes a thing of the past and no-one is left behind. It means self-service empowerment and curated expert services as needed.
It means scaling at speed and greater scope than ever before. It means clever centralization to leverage shared resource pools and operational efficiencies. And it means even smarter and highly dynamic decentralization as we get closer to the end user and effectively optimize on the basis of the experience economy. This is a hybrid world in permanent motion with any “thing” (and anything) is provided as a service, anywhere, anytime. Watch for ripple effects.
Digital Services by Design.
From a Service Design standpoint, the backstage’s operational experience entails painstaking work on: redefining success and outomes, job re-design, process re-engineering, and setting the state-of-the-art. Addressing these happens to be critical success factors.
I will be more specific. DTV, Design to Value, now means that we need to design and gear up for signature experiences. These register delight, rather than just conforming to yesteryear’s cookie cutter market segmentation and just aiming to “satisfy.” We are going past “segmentation” and “personas” to better act on “persona-lization” – segment-of-one in other words.
Digitalization’s paradoxes are here and in full force: (1) we are purposely shifting the “new normal” by creating opportunities to pleasantly “surprise and differentiate” rather that just normalize, standarize and penalize deviation or outliers; (2) the more we talk about extreme automation and zero touch systems, the more (not the less) humans (and a more diverse population) gets to interact with sophisticated systems otherwise formerly restricted to domain experts and obscure fields.
Designing for “digital transparency” brings you user friendly self-service, recsys (recommender systems) affective computing and xAI, Explainable Artificial Intelligence, just to name a few examples. We can now design for the senses and do that by engaging in natural language and with immersive and interative infographic visualization.
As Arthur C. Clark’s third law stated: “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistiguishable from magic.” Also bear in mind that his second law was: “the only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture into the impossible.”
It’s about culture…
At Nokia’s Venture Studio, our work and craftsmanship is the product of a thriving culture, one that we are also consciously influencing and shaping (think Escher’s Drawing Hands) to adequately foster human possibilities.