Sjoerd was an intern for the Responsible Sensing Lab at the AMS Institute. He worked on the Shuttercam project, where he investigated how the design of cameras in the public space can contribute to a more ‘responsible’ city.
Sjoerd was completing his Social Psychology master’s (MSc) at the University of Amsterdam. During his studies, he was focusing on the intersection between technology and society. To illustrate, in his master’s Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Sjoerd investigated how the design of technological nudges can exert (unforeseen) social influence, while for his psychology master's he researched how spirituality predicts science skepticism towards novel technologies such as artificial intelligence.
In his free time, Sjoerd can be found on the basketball court or in a museum.
Sjoerd believes it is important to bridge the gap between technology and the social through a practical perspective. By involving the public in the designing process and by prototyping new technological solutions, we can better understand and contribute to solving complex metropolitan issues.
“It is important not just to talk about people in designing responsible technologies, but to involve them in the process.”