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Thursday, 24 November 2016

The Bipolar New Order: from the Artisan to the Extreme Tech, the Digital Revolution to follow, in Society and Economy - directly from Web Summit 2016, Lisbon, PT, (Part B).

Photo above: from “An education in fashion” talk, featuring Matt Drinkwater, Head of Fashion innovation Agency at London College of Fashion, UK  with Ella Alexander from Harper’s Bazaar. 


As we move forward to a living services era, from the famous “Internet of Things” to the “Internet of Services”, where these functions are not going to be static but robotic- we are challenged to reinvent and redesign brands and commodities- products and materials in the most emotionally challenging way. In the rise of every big technological step, there are privileges but also collateral casualties, humanity clashes engineering, despite their common line of blood….Memory is the mother of craft ( Mnemosyne, the personification of memory in Greek mythology, was the mother of the 9 Muses, the goddesses of the creative arts and sciences).

Matt Drinkwater, Head of Fashion innovation Agency at London College of Fashion, UK, explained on the stage of MODUM conference in Web Summit 2016, how the fashion colleges should prepare the graduates for the next generation of fashion industry. After all fashion is always about motion so notions such Digital anthropology, Augmented reality, Network outsourcing and so on, are heavily implemented on process of designing fashion wear. The designer needs to know how and when to adopt smart materials (materials that react to different conditions for instance), 3D printing, messaging apps, social media metrics and coding -at some stage of manufacturing, together with marketing tools for digital commerce platforms. 

Speaking of 3D Printing  the last 30 years of its existence and its impact on Individual productivity, (:remember, the entrepreneurial future belongs to small companies), Carl Bass, president and chief executive officer of Autodesk and Maxim Lobovsky, CEO of Formlabs  also quoted the important role of the technique  for prototypes in jewellery design and casting procedure, among other fields- in a discussion under the title "3D printing our way to advanced manufacturing", hosted by Jon Bruner- O’ Reilly Media. 

Anne Pascual, Design Director within IDEO, a global, multidisciplinary  design company with offices also in Germany (Munich)- described at her lecture “Designing at scale” how a designer today optimizes self growing and how a big vision enables scalable solutions in big corporations, like airline companies by ex. incorporating personal attributes of character and flair on the whole service interaction of flights attendants, creating a new communication protocol and therefore a whole new experience for the traveler (see photo bellow)

Similar to this, Maureen Fan, CEO and Co-founder at Baobab Studios, alongside with Derek Koenig, Senior Vice President & Head of Creative at Discovery Communications and Dave Ranyard, CEO of Dream Reality Interactive, underlined the importance of powerful characters, in their discussion with Phil Chen of Presence Capital (see photo bellow), around the “ Director’s cut: Plotline and presence in VR”. Sound, composition, content: how you can beat the powerful, yet analog human brain and indulge the audience to come back to the VR experience? 

We do not count on VR only for entertainment though. VR photography and filming will be the actual methods in the astute digitization list, that will enable to conserve, restore and reconstitute lost antiquities (:the Palmyra catastrophe) or endangered, sensitive artifacts of great historical significance. In the discussion  “Making memories for the virtual world), held by David Harrison of Al-Jazeera International, Rossitza Atanassova; Digital Curator at the British library (see photo bellow),  Roger Michel; Executive director of the Institute of Digital Archaeology and Ed Humphrey; Digital Director at British Film Institute – urged other organizations round the world- governmental or not - to digitize their collections, for reasons of security and maximum accessibility.  

The “data maximum security” clause, circulated heavily between stages, throughout the whole event- triggering the second best joke of Web Summit 2016 regarding the American elections and H. Clinton’s so called hacked e-mail….also talk of the town – and capital laugh, the Canadian immigration site collapsing on the 9th of November… announced  by the first  half of the talented duo: Travis Wright - with Stewart Rogers of VentureBeat, just before giving it away to their guest Alan Schaaf; founder of Imgur, and their common discussion on Content Makers stage(: “ The rise of geek culture and what it means for brands”). 

“Privacy is paramount”, stated firmly Jim Hunter, chief scientist and technology evangelist at Greenwave Systems in his discussion with Madeline Bennett (Computer Shopper, UK). The topic evolved on the debate “ Are smart homes overhyped and risky?”. With all major furniture- and -interiors fairs around the world, plus national health systems in countries  with collapsing economies, concentrating heavily on the care of senior citizens and citizens with disability, through the support of home apps- the education and minimization of errors in such technologies, remain THE No1 issue for further debate. Finally, as J. Hunter  put it:“We need to make sure that these technologies WORK under a great UX/UI design, because if they don’t, governments will inevitably have to control and amend things- and with more intervention of a problematic central, state administration, things will get worse for the citizen in need of domestic aid of that type”. 

Bono’s  remote message, moved consciences and raised awareness, as always- an extract: "...While I couldn’t be there, my colleagues at ONE are, to launch a campaign to get the public and private sectors working together to make sure 350 million women and girls in the world’s least-developed countries can get connected to the internet by 2020. Their latest report shows that the digital divide is becoming a digital chasm when it comes to women and girls — who are a third less likely to be connected to the internet than men and boys....."In this digitally driven world, the smarts and brilliance of the Web Summit community are constantly innovating the way we live, work and act. We need people to work together to make sure that passion and creativity should be of benefit to everyone regardless of where they were born and with which chromosomes...."

53.056 people from 166 countries attended the Web Summit 2016, confirming its lead as the top online technology conference in the planet. International speakers in 21 conferences stages and 1.490 startups, showcased their products during those three days, in order to make their own impact in the industry. 
An extremely small taste of these new platforms, dedicated  to online activities of all kinds: 

Fashion, retail, online shopping 


Law, cross-platform  legal services 


Innovative hardware 




IoT/Data processing/ Car industry 


VR/ AI/ Gaming, Sports 


Web Summit 2017 will take place again in Lisbon, from the 6th to 9th of November next year.  It seems that the Portuguese capital is building a new campaign, chiseling a new pathway, becoming a center for online, digital technologies.  After all, “This is (Not) the New Silicon Valley- This is Portugal”*. An institution here to stay, as it is Web Summit alone.



Monday, 14 November 2016

The Bipolar New Order: from the Artisan to the Extreme Tech, the Digital Revolution to follow, in Society and Economy - directly from Web Summit 2016, Lisbon, PT, (Part A).

Photo above: Andrew McAfee, MIT; Gary Marcus, Geometric Intelligence; Tom Dotan,The Information - in a discussion with topic: "The future of the worker", at the Centre stage of Web Summit, 8/11/2016, Lisbon, Portugal. 


It remains an exorbitant ambition to try and summarize a world summit upon the subject of technology today- provided that digital technology will be the crucial factor of transformation in all fields: science, industry, education, health, design, business, arts and crafts. The charismatic speakers came to present all new technological ventures , regarding the future of the web- and eventually of the world. They arrived in Lisbon this November 2016 from all over the world, trying to promote, sell, convince but also evangelize the software that will guarantee solutions for all the tantalising issues societies will deal with, from now on. Internet, AI, VR, 3D printing, coding, data security, robot engineering but also jobs, social care, public health, minimum income, risks, rational governance, security and creativity - were loudly pronounced among the formidable inventions, applications and start-ups we witnessed during the convention. 

"Work in the factory is gone" stated Andrew McAfee, co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and the associate director of the Center for Digital Business at the MIT Sloan School of Management in the discussion with 
topic "The future of the worker".
AI, will apparently take over in jobs like learning and public transports.The problem is, most governments are not ready about it. In a few years we will talk to robots in services, and apps like Apple Siri convey the technology to that level, in the next decade. The dominant question in the post-work utopia will be if we will lose too many positions to mashines. Are, we humans, going to continue to be relevant anymore? 

Antoine Blondeau, CEO of Sentient Technologies in California, US, continued even further. In his lecture "Sentient Technologies: Scaled AI solves the world's most complex problems", referred to future platforms of AI designing AI and focused on the MIT projects of Cyber agriculture, where intelligent technology will change entirely the traditional notion of the farmer, as we knew it until now. Martin Hofmann, (in picture bellow), CIO of Volkswagen illustrated the collaborative work between robotic car engineers and human designers in the VW atelier in Berlintalking explicitly on the staggering new technology: Google Home and Amazon Echo voice recognition algorythms, (among other things).

Web Summit Co Founder Paddy Cosgrave also insisted on the work subject - the future of jobs.
Provided the complete automatisation in many sectors, how 
governments are going to deal with the unqualified worker of the future? 
Transitional learning experiences for the "small" employee will have to be effective, therefore inevitable - otherwise there will be chaos. 

"Big companies need to become as agile as start-ups",
announced Werner Vogels, chief technology officer and Vice President of Amazon.com, also in charge of driving technology innovation within the company - at Miguel Helft from Forbes before a full Center stage. 
The title of their B2B convo: " Growth at any cost: Mercenaries vs missionaries" (photo bellow). The competition will come from small companies in the future, accordind to W. Vogels, so go-global attitude, fast execution together with cost, will be defining to any company's success. Furthermore, after a certain level, IT does not matter, in the sense that IT is not a differentiator to the customer/user at the very end. Who will survive the market? Wrong question, (no matter the ethics of the company apparently), how the market will get enlarged is the main issue. Classic.

In an era, not so far from now, that you will scan your body (ex. Breast) with an app on your mobile, skipping the expense of the diagnostic center and you will e-mail the scan directly to your GP- OR you will be programming your house temperature, and other devices to assist the senior members of the family (unable to enter a Senior's state facility because of the abolition of these high-cost units by the state)- the crucial subject of managing public health data and services with efficient digital technology, capitalises every governmental discussion. A huge headache that involves possible security and quality risks, especially in the first stages of technologies like these, as observes CFO / Board Member at DocPlanner.com, (photo bellow) the biggest european booking platform and management software provider for doctors in Europe and Latin America with 17 million patients each month. In his common talk with babylon Health, Gary Mudie and Akshat Rathi, (Quartz): "On demand healthcare: Convenience over quality", mentionned how each country's national health system infrastructure & particularities are fundamental to the adoption of similar platforms.

"Millenials are interested in data philanthropy.
They share data, offer data and they want to get something back...an (ethical) reward". "A cognitive system understands and translates big data into insights in a transparent way".

Dr. Kyu Rhee, Vice President and Chief Health Officer at IBM Corporation, (see photo bellow).

Dr. Kyu Rhee's elaborate presentation on the IBM Watson Health platform for National Health systems to run effectively and quickly patient records and treatments, but also his talk with Akshat Rathi, (Quartz) on how fitness data devices really affect our state of health and our state of ... mind- evoked several questions. 
How feasible such platforms are for all countries? From Switzerland to Zambia? 
Fitness tracking devices have an intelligence outcome 
for all people indeed?...Two of the most fascinating talks of the event. 

On creativity, fashion education, 3D printing, smart houses, VR and filming, virtual archaeology, Bono, jokes, apps and start-ups fave-list!!! 
Stay tuned for Part B of WEB SUMMIT 2016!

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