The exhibition brings together the different perspectives and approaches of artists, product and fashion designers, as well as professionals in the catering field, on the concepts of service and serving.
It might be because of the turmoil created when the leaks of Edward Snowden showed the (albeit reluctant) cooperation between Google (and other Internet companies) with “no such agency” NSA, the US national security agency. Or it might be because his company has become a behemoth and has difficulties convincing people about its “good” profile.
As I wrote recently I’m not a cyclist; this means that when I come across something from this field I might be more easily impressed than someone more knowledgeable. This is probably what happened with FlyKly which in ten days will have completed its presence in Kickstarter managing to collect about five times the 100,000 dollars it was aiming for:
By now it has become big news even in the mainstream media: Twitter started trading in Wall Street and in a few hours its value (the theoretical, at any rate) has reached 26 billion dollars while its coffers have now 1.8 billion real dollars. Not bad for a company that started seven years ago as a side project for a company called Odeo which is still trying to find its niche. Or maybe it is bad? I am honestly wondering…
In another website our own Grigoris Miliaresis wonders if there is a chance it will work. But I’ll go a step further and say that I am pretty certain it won’t work because on the one hand the big hardware companies will not support it and on the other, the consumers themselves have gotten used to seeing cellphones as status symbols and have forgotten (thankfully not completely) their usefulness and the fact that by changing them every year, we fill the planet with garbage.
I wrote back in the beginning of the year about Pebble, an original watch that was created thanks to the community of Kickstarter and which exists by communicating with the wearer’s cellphone; in essence it is a second screen on which the cellphone projects the time or pretty much any other kind of information. And I remembered it now, not only because I recently saw that since then it has already sold 250.000 units but also because similar applications of the same idea apparently are on the drawing boards of almost all technology companies.
On the one hand it is completely against the idea of a petting zoo: the reason such places exist are to allow children familiarize with the part of nature that is close to them but also to help them feel the warmth of another living creature. On the other, it is not supposed to replace a real petting zoo but to illustrate the potential of artificial intelligence and robotics –and let visitors travel even for a while to an entirely futuristic environment.
All of us who use Twitter and who follow the way media are evolving in the age of “Web 2.0” were pretty certain it would happen; actually what is really surprising is that it hadn’t happened until now: since people are becoming more and more used to getting their information in very small chunks, why not take their news in the same way?
The readers of my posts will have found out by now that I have a particular sympathy towards simple ideas that solve small problems; on one hand because solving these problems leaves more room to start working on the bigger ones and on the other because I find something fundamentally encouraging in the fact that some people decide to act even if the problem they decide to address is, often, trivial.