SPACE10 + YEAST. present Designing for Natural Interfaces: Mobility

April 2018
5 pm
9 pm
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SPACE10 and YEAST. are pleased to present ‘Designing for Natural Interfaces: Mobility’—our third event in a new series of lectures that aims to be a leading forum for debate and discussion about the way technology is changing the world, taking place in Shanghai.

SPACE10 + YEAST. present Designing for Natural Interfaces: Mobility


We are standing on the cusp of a fundamental shift in how we interact with technology.

From computer vision to voice searches to brain interfaces, myriads of new technological developments are emerging—raising questions about what’s to come as a result.

The ‘Designing For Natural Interfaces’ lectures aim to detect patterns in the chaos, separate the signal from the noise, and make sense of our fast-changing world.

In particular, the lectures will explore how to design technology that we can use in more natural and intuitive ways—resulting in applications that complement everyday human behaviour.

Held monthly, each lecture is free and will feature a panel of cutting-edge speakers drawn from a wide range of disciplines, from artists and philosophers, to social scientists and technologists.


Until quite recently, autonomous vehicles seemed like something we’d only be able to experience in the very distant future. But at the beginning of March, China issued licenses to auto makers that allow self-driving vehicles to be road tested for the first time. And right before that, giant conglomerate Alibaba Group led a $348 million fundraising round for Guangzhou Xiaopeng Motors Technology Co. Ltd, a young startup developing internet-connected, electric cars.

In fact, these recent developments are partially rooted in the Chinese government’s “Made in China 2025” initiative—which pegs autonomous cars as one of its key sectors meant to transform China into a world-beating manufacturer of high-end, innovative products. Elsewhere, you might spot self-driving cars on the streets of at least six US states, including California and Texas.

Indeed: at some point in the future, completely driverless cars will be a new normal and an interface that could very well transform how we move and live. For what will it mean for transportation and mobility when autonomous vehicles go mainstream? Perhaps we won’t have to worry about driving at all. Perhaps car interiors will evolve so much, we’ll stop thinking about them as interiors altogether; potentially equipped with fully functional kitchens, or gyms, or even beds, automated vehicles won’t simply be a form of transport. They could transform how we think about mobility and potentially change the lives of many people.

To get there, we believe we should rethink the traditional idea of the car and repurpose it to create a more fulfilling “life on wheels”. That’s precisely the paradigm shift we’ll be exploring in ‘Designing for Natural Interfaces: Mobility’—our upcoming lecture which will unfold the vast potential, lingering limitations and realistic possibilities inherent in a “life on wheels.”


A few days before the event, we’ll publish Lecture Notes about Mobility (Mandarin version here) you can read to get an overview of the topic as well as think of some questions.

Our partner, YEAST., is a future venture laboratory that imagines, builds and runs companies that improve living through food and technology.