Glad to share that I have renewed my commitment to serve with the Advisory Board for Design & Innovation Global, the Community of Designers and Innovators making a difference with Human Centered Design across consumer, enterprise, public and non-for-profit sectors.
As part of the Advisory Board, it’s humbling and inspiring to work amongst outstanding design leaders and innovators who support the continued growth of interdisciplinary professionals devoted to quality and value creation.
As we start to return to live onsite events, the team is developing exciting plans for this year. I look forward to getting together with seasoned practitioners, thought leaders, trailblazers, design executives and those who are developing an early interest in customer centric solutions.
This year, join us for Design Thinking 2022 in Chicago, April 4-6. Check out the event info below and stay tuned for more!
“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
“We should shift the goal of AI from creating pure undirected artificial intelligence to creating beneficial intelligence (…) so let’s start researching this today rather than the night before the first strong AI is switched on.“
Stephen Hawking. Reddit Science AMA Series, July 27, 2015.
I would first like to thank those of you who participated in the live AI session at Design Thinking 2021 this past month. Hope that the information and insights shared during our discussion were of value to everyone. I appreciate the positive reviews and the encouragement to keep moving in this direction. Some of you were interested in just understanding how to approach the subject, while others have been working on AI projects for years already and met in the hallway to continue the discussion.
The definition of ‘deep tech’ has evolved. Just for this discussion’s sake and in the context of this specific session, we can think of it as the set of technologies that are not directly developed for end user services. For instance, core research in quantum computing is set to foster pivotal advancements in computational thinking, which leads to game changing performance and capabilities in AI, unleashing new possibilities as a result.
Design wise, our work is driven by devising meaning. We look at benefits and drawbacks, opportunities and risks, and anything in between. These matters become quite tangible when architecting outcomes, which materialize when specific value happens to be created in the process.
That is different from just producing an artifact because we simply can. Design involves experimental undertakings as a deliberate practice. That was the reason behind positioning TOPP, Test Oriented Progressive Prototyping, in our session. TOPP’s concept is key to generating data, analytics, insights and decisions (learning and training in other words) in the realm of QXbD, Quality eXperiences by Design.
Value and quality are correlated. Both are evolving human considerations resulting from our experience with a given service doing some meaningful job for us. This thought applies whether the service is enabled by a conventional product or delivered as a pure play service as such. That statement remains true for physical, digital and hybrid solutions.
De-risking investments in advanced technologies and elevating the chances to succeed in the process can be best approached by ‘designing to value’ and, therefore, by being quality minded. It takes a purposeful human centric orientation, which is achieved by intersecting HCD (Human Centered Design) and HFE (Human Factors Engineering.) It makes not only sense, but it is of the essence in HCAI, Human Centered AI.
As discussed during the session at Design Thinking 2021, investing in ‘AI’s deep tech’ is a critical success factor, but not the only one. We now see a growing share of R&D being devoted to HCAI. System visualization, observability, explainability, intuitive programmability, ease of command and control… all being very relevant and the substance behind the list provided on page 24 in the presentation.
Trending-wise, that happens to be consistent across the board when looking at digital transformation projects. In a discussion with peers at MIT a couple of years ago, I learned that close to 50% of R&D is best devoted to human centric technologies, so that we can reap the benefits and make the most of digital solutions, which turns out to be instrumental to technological leadership. Our conversations at Design Thinking 2021 concurred.
I have made my deck available on the Design Thinking 2021 site, where those who registered for the conference have access to the event’s presentations. As usual, I have also posted a copy on my SlideShare and, this time around, the same file is also available from my LinkedIn profile. Glad to continue the conversation.
- Nokia Wins Design & Innovation Award @ Design Thinking 2021
- Design Thinking 2021: Conference Discount Code DT21_Francisco
- Design Thinking 2021: Digital Transformation Enterprise Award Finalist
- Design Thinking 2021: Design Leadership Award Finalist
- Design Thinking 2021: Driving AI/ML with QXbD, Quality eXperiences by Design