This week at the Strata Data Conference, in London, Mars and I gave a talk on Science Fictional User Interfaces. It was a very enjoyable talk to prepare, and we were really thrilled to be given a slot at such a technical data-focused conference as Strata, to effectively rant about how great science-fiction is, and how everyone should watch, read, and play more sci-fi.
This post serves to provide some links to resources that we mentioned in the presentation, or that we think you’d find useful if you enjoyed the presentation. We’ll also post a video of the talk here, once it is available (usually a few weeks!)
If you’re interested in reading more about this topic, there’s two amazing books that cover similar ground:
There’s also a range of books that take a different angle on a similar topic:
- Designing Agentive Technology (Christopher Noessel) — available from O’Reilly’s Learning Platform, Rosenfeld Media, and Amazon
- Speculative Everything (Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby) — available from The MIT Press and Amazon
- Typeset in the Future: Typography and Design in Science Fiction Movies (Dave Addey) — available from Amazon
- Extrapolation Factory Operator’s Manual (Elliott P. Montgomery and Chris Woebken) — available from Amazon
And there’s some interesting papers and academic articles we think you might be interested in, if you enjoyed our talk:
- Hopes and fears for intelligent machines in fiction and reality (Stephen Cave and Kanta Dihal) — available from Nature Machine Intelligence
- Long-Term Trends in the Public Perception of Artificial Intelligence (Ethan Fast and Eric Horvitz) — available from arXiv
- “Scary Robots”: Examining Public Responses to AI (Stephen Cave, Kate Coughland, and Kanta Dihal) — available from AIES Conference
By popular demand, we’ve extended the /dev/world/2018 call for presenters by one week, to 22 May 2018! Get your talks in! You will be amazing!
The iOS, macOS, Swift, and general Apple development conference that I help run, /dev/world is looking for presenters! We’ve opened the CFP for our 11th event (we’ve been going for 11 years! That’s nuts!) and we’re very excited.
If you have a good idea for a talk, please send it our way! I might wear my space suit again.
/dev/world/2016 tickets are now on sale! /dev/world is a fabulous iOS and OS X (and associated ecosystem) developer conference that played no small part in kickstarting many parts of my career, and for the last few years I’ve been helping to organise the event.
/dev/world/2016 runs in Melbourne on August 29-31, 2016. The conference covers developing on and for iOS and OS X, using Swift to Objective-C, and everything in between. We’re selling our best-priced early bird tickets right now over at devworld.com.au
We’ll be announcing more and more sessions, workshops, and feature presentations over the coming week. I’d love to see you in Melbourne! Let me know if you have any questions, or would like to sponsor the event.
Over the weekend I competed in the inaugural Qantas “Codeshare” Hackathon in Sydney. It was hosted by Qantas, together with the Disruptors Handbook, and was held at the spectacular Qantas Centre of Service Excellence in Sydney.
My team (“Team Tasmania“), which consisted of myself, Jon Manning, Jess Lethbridge, Tim Nugent, and Rex Smeal, built a suite of games for children that were designed around the Qantas brand. We built them with the objective of creating an engaging, educational, and playful experience for children on planes. We managed to come second, which – especially considering the competition – was awesome!
I’ll post more about what we built in the coming weeks. But right now I just want to say that the hackathon was absolutely brilliant, and the judges, organisers, and the Qantas team members were incredibly friendly, switched on, and full of brilliant ideas and suggestions. CIO has a good article on the event (written by one of the judges!)
We’ve posted an update on what we’re up to so far in 2015 over on the Secret Lab blog: check it out!
You can find info on the video webcasts on Swift and Unity that we recently presented, as well as the new Ultimate Swift Programming videos we made for O’Reilly (it’s been a hive of video production and post-production in Hobart!)
Our newest book, Swift Development with Cocoa, as well as the Ultimate Swift Programming videos we created, are available at O’Reilly’s website.
I’m very pleased to be presenting at O’Reilly’s OSCON conference in Portland once again this year. I’ll be presenting two tutorials this time around.
For the third year in a row Chris Neugebauer, Jon Manning, and I will be presenting a half-day tutorial on mobile application development with a focus on user-experience. As with the last two years, we’ll be using Android as the platform we discuss the most – but everything will be applicable to all mobile platforms. The tutorial is called Level Up Your Apps: Mobile UX Design and Development.
Additionally, and for the first time, Jon Manning and I will be presenting a half-day tutorial on game design where we’ll discuss what makes games fun, how they work, and how you can apply game design techniques to your daily non-game related work. This tutorial is hands-on, very practical, lots of fun, and is called How Do I Game Design?
A random sketch, done with Procreate for iPad.