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.
Although it bears Google’s signature, there are many who haven’t even heard of it probably because they thought its use was for those “deep in the know” of all things Internet. But Google Reader, which the search engine decided to shut down permanently because, according to its announcement didn’t have enough users to justify its existence (in other words, the cost to employ a team to maintain and develop it) was one of the saddest things I’ve heard lately.
I found it wonderful because it was probably the most imaginative application of social media I have seen in quite some time. It isn’t exactly “practical” (in the sense that it won’t change our lives dramatically) but it is participative and it fits nicely with two other very good ideas
It was big news for the world of technology (and not only there): Apple made a cinematic move bringing to its bosom a man from the world of fashion and naming him a “special mission vice president”. He is Paul Deneve who before moving to California was for two years the head of Nina Ricci, for two more years the president of Lanvin and for two more than that the CEO of Yves Saint Laurent in Paris.
It sounds like a communication gimmick an industrial giant would use to celebrate its centennial but Panasonic’s “100.000 Solar Lantern Project” is going to do more than that: it will change the lives of an equal amount of households all over the world and, perhaps, it will show the way for similar actions from other companies.
I have written it before: the big problem of the Internet and technology is not the Internet and technology but the expectations we have from the Internet and technology; the Internet doesn’t really “exist” and what we call “technology” is just a mass of small and big devices which, when taken of power aren’t anything.
Usually the one mentioned is Kickstarter which isn’t surprising since it is the most popular and the one who has managed to host some of the biggest (both in ambition and in financial goals) projects such as the Pebble watch, the Ouya game console, the Torment: Tides of Numenera and Project Eternity games or Amanda Palmer’s “Theatre is Evil” album.
Very few wrote about it in the Greek tech media, probably because very few can really comprehend its importance but the low profile buyout by the world’s biggest auction house/community/marketplace, PayPal of the startup company Iron Pearl was one of the most interesting news stories of the technology and Internet market.
Some trends are hard to notice unless you happen to get involved in their field: sometime in the last few months I decided to buy a camera a little more contained than the DSLR I normally use, mostly because of the need for something that can be carried around easier; my cellphone does have a camera but first of all, because of the DSLRs I’ve gotten used to a higher level of image quality and on the other hand and second of all, I want to retain a modicum of control on the shooting procedure.