70s values

70s values

Tuesday, 27 November 2018


In image above: civilians’ urban mobility on self-balancing, electric personal transporters by Sitway (photo courtesy of Daniel Pego, SitGo),in the exhibition Futuros de Lisboa/Futures of Lisbon, Museum of Lisbon, Portugal. Scientific curators: João Seixas, Manuel Graça Dias, Sofia Guedes Vaz. 

The opportunity of exploring the future possibilities of digitalization in about everything at Web Summit 2018, opened up the spectrum of relevant-to-the -Future(s) thinking zones. Thus said, we talk about the Future allright - possible, transformative, dystopian, real, imaginative Or other - in places of massive human congregation. The Future inside the City (nevertheless the future of a coastal city like Lisbon) is far more than a group of predictions but a series of questions that create a multidimensional  grid of issues, strongly involved in the evolution of the urban lifestyle from now on: a line of problems, conditions, situations, systems and solutions entirely interconnected and therefore inescapable. 

It is all about an exhibition concerning Lisbon-and every other large town or city near the sea or located further in the continent. The themes of ecology and sustainability, innovation and creativity, design and industry, cohesion and justice, finance and economy, education and learning, mobility and transport, freedom and security, humanity and cognition, health and well-being, community and municipality, ethnicity and citizenship, de-systematization and re-systemization, information and intelligence, society and robotics - emerge as topics of both literary but also scientific endeavors. The Future is definitely happening Now, it is impossible for us to ignore as it is more than certain that it is up to us to finally shape It. That is probably the main conclusion, out of the Futures of Lisbon exhibition.

“ What will remain of our conflicts, problems and controversies when the labels that gave them a name are already as forgotten as are those of the past?”…”Looking at the world today from a future time encourages a more open and, above all, more humble attitude when we assess our present, our disputes, our decisions. Looking from afar allows us to focus on the essential and on what we can truly understand about ourselves, the city and urban life.” 

In photos bellow, from top to bottom: New Drone Technology by Instituto Superior Técnico. "Chico", a humanoid cognitive robot, designed and manufactured by the Institute for Systems and Robotics of Lisbon (video). Circular Economy Model graph. Future infrastructures & systems: ethical consumption, de-plastification, new business models, repair, performance economy, dematerialisation. Chelas district, Lisbon, a view from the future, (photography: Luísa Ferreira, digital imaging: Inês Lino, José Pedro Piteira).

Trust/Make YOUR Future! 


Monday, 19 November 2018


In photo above: Carlos Lei Santos, CEO and Co-Founder of HypeLabs, introduces the Hype Open Protocol to the audience in the Centre stage of Altice Arena during Web Summit 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.  

Where the world of innovation is heading to? The message from this year’s Web Summit was somewhat clear. Digital entrepreneurs, architects, programmers and inventors are up for social change and they are doing the works for it.  The planet is hit by environmental disaster, war, injustice, corruption, extreme poverty, mental/physical disease, economic depression, unemployment, electronic crime, fake data. Political administrations seem partially unwilling or strategically simple-minded to face current conundrums and provide sustainable solutions to the problems. The exhibiting stands of different apps, startups and devices at Web Summit 2018 stocked up with outer-space immersive technologies of indomitable power in order to supply new educational models to win over unemployment, soothe mental illness, solidify infotainment and democracy, help minorities and precarious social groups, provide growth environments inside work and finance, create zero-pollution zones and cities. A4D-D4A welcomes the following Talent List of the most interesting engineers, companies, products and digital initiatives in Web Summit 2018: 

Apps, games, tools, associations, networks, engines, models - to check out for sure:

A radio dealing with all pivotal technology and society issues, with all sorts of deep tech specialists speaking out the truth? Tune in to this frequency online:

Road safety, traffic regulations "workout", driving behaviour educational model:

Risk management, market management, fintech, this app includes the three in order to provide secure statistics on your crupto-assets:

This self-help online program offers a relief treatment for all early symptoms of mental distabilisation, one may encounter in every day life:

Another exciting and freshly designed tool for CSAT ( customer satisfaction) analysis and indepth understanding:

The business game that will turn your preconception of game apps, upside down:

The Best transcriptional voice tool ever experienced and a support on the Web Summit 2018 DeepTech Pitch. Thank you Otter!

A great network uniting the key people in the Portuguese female tech industry, extremely socially active too:
Portuguese Women in Tech 

Affordable, accessible and manageable AI solutions for real businesses should n't be the monopoly of some digital "Illuminati". Narrow AI can be 4 all- try this tool that thinks that too:

A foundation with multiple roles and most importantly, the protection of natural resources and the ecosystem, it distributed reusable bottles to the crowds at the Web Summit, under its #TurnTheTideOnPlastic campaign:

(The photos bellow from the Ecolounge area and the WS18 recycling bins with incorporated composter prove only one thing: ecology was far from just being digital in this year's event.)

Traditional goldsmith meets state-of-the-art online retail. It is possible now:      
Fenton & Co 

Employers and trainers, feast your eyes on this app:

An incredible group of designers, makers, innovators providing contemporary solutions on mobility aids:

A great tool providing indepth analysis and testing on how a prototype is performing:
Maze Design 

A new retailers' network online, liaising point of sales outside corporate schemes:

Another retail optimization tool, for high-end shopping experiences:
Standard cognition  

Coding tools  for just about anything:
jetbrains.com  including  kotlinlang.org 

Disruptive IT Services:  

Blockchain technology, Bitcoin investments and apparel: 

BEST Country representation:

LANDMARK> Social Innovation by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation:
hackforgood.pt including  mynutriscan.com (nutrition)  http://auroratechai.com/aurora/  (parent consultancy) and 8 others! 

TOP Country representation:
Kocca/ Korea Content Startup including www.flitto.com (linguistic technology solutions) https://blueprint-lab.com (Facial Recognition & AI Solutions) www.livekshow.com (3D Contents/AR/VR) and 7 more! 

Talent Acquisition/HR solutions:

TOP APP/ Emotion AI (in photo bellow):

We would  like to express our warm regards to all Web Summit 2018 organizers, factors and partners for their great hospitality and ethics. Special thanks to the WS2018 Press team for providing full support  to all Media representatives the last 5 months and throughout the actual days of the event. 


Keep Up the Code Work 😄

A4D-D4A 👍

Tuesday, 13 November 2018


In picture above:  Magna-fashion designer and CEO of homonymous brand, Alexander Wang and CEO of innovative online wholesale platform ORDRE Simon Lock, exchange ideas on Creativity and Storytelling, a masterclass at the Content Makers pitch, Web Summit 2018, Lisbon, Portugal. 

Key terms: abundance of genomic information, neo-illiberalism, DeepFake, i-trust, manipulation detection, disinformation age, over-regulation,  digital fallacies/ hyperboles, collaborative robots, compostable packaging, product defortment, modding , product dropping, heritage brand, brand repositioning, fidelity investments, virtual runway, meaningful interaction, agnostic market places, Co2Co (Community2Community). 

Overall insights and contemplations around the speakers'presentations. Remember:

#Disrupt or Enrich? 

What seem to be the future of visual research? How existing platforms ex. Pinterest reflect on the new challenges in social networks? In times when Big Data become even Bigger, companies like Pinterest chose to adopt a more “aestheticized “ approach, hoping to combine the happy and unguilty recreational activity of an image collector with business. The future of search is definitely a visual one but instead of objective disruptive technologies, companies like Pinterest opt for a much more laidback cultural content that enables sophistication. The U-turn of the company announcement, aiming eventually at becoming an independent, public company shows more than just a premonition for future evolutions and shift of different powers in the social networks landscape.  

#What Limits? 

Where the outwear industry will be in 10 years from now? Will new material science scrape from the map traditional fashion houses and high street boutiques, so to signal the End of Outwear? What will be the cultural and economic impact of those technologies, like the amazing clothing material developed by Oros -already working with NASA, with the commercialization of the specific product planned around 2022? (in video bellow Co-founder and CEO at Oros, Michael Markesbery in his live demonstration). 

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#Person VS Brand 

“The customer/viewer/subscriber should be able to create his/her own perspective” , declared U.S. “enfant terrible” - iconic fashion designer Alexander Wang in a conversation about Creative Content with ORDRE chairman Simon Lock. “Fashion campaigns have become irrelevant because magazines have become irrelevant” stated A. Wang, who already maximized his online presence and changed entirely the marketing strategy in his shows to a more client-centric environment. 

#Technology enhances great storytelling 

The survival struggle of a chimpanzee named David in a nature documentary staged like Sophocles’ Antigone? How can you replicate similar moments in an unscripted story and 
engage tremendously huge audiences? A glimpse at Planet Earth (BBC Studios) secrets of Content, explained by award-winning creative director Mike Gunton (in picture bellow with Shalini Sharma) proves that none of this could be possible without the help of powerful, high-speed cameras. 

#Analyze Culture  #AI VS Cancer  #DeepTech Money 

“The Anti-ageing term is replenished inside Vogue magazine. In contemporary culture we don’t antagonize Ageing, we (need to) embrace it”, Karthic Bala, Condé Nast (in picture bellow).”AI will be the technology to cure Cancer in the future”, Brad Smith, Microsoft. ”The opportunity for financial returns in the 21st century becomes even, since billions of people will have the same experience and the same rewards. Blockchain is the perfect example of decentralized technology, the first mass-technology to be developed outside Silicon Valley”, Jalak Jobanputra, Future Perfect Ventures. “You can get your country out of Bitcoin but you cannot get Bitcoin outside your country”, Franklyn Richards, Litecoin Foundation.  

#Intergrating Innovation 

Speed, innovation, digitalization. The 2020 retail business model seems to be a temple-like structure where sustainability has to be implemented in every stage of the process- claims Daniel Grieder, CEO at Tommy Hilfiger and PVH Europe, trusting the huge financial success of his gianormous business to the continuous investments of the company in virtual technology and digital support inside the points of sale and the brand’s headquarters. The sky is the limit and the company’s target is heading to a 10 billion global sales by 2020.  

#Citizens VS Consumers #The Death of Clothing #Virtual Fashion

Clothing brands still get away with sweatshops and modern slavery, although legal framework is becoming much stricter i.e. Bangladesh refuses to raise country’s minimum wage, because the state is afraid of losing business. It is certainly the Death of Clothing (Not!) but the beginning of a new Age- not without repercussions though. Cutting costs by creating virtual platforms and new digital “touch and feel” experiences in the world of garments, definitely predicts the loss of traditional jobs in fashion retail and fashion design. In a cashless era, are we ready to move from store of value to actual transactions, within fashion retail also (and beyond that)? 

Key People: The spokespersons who turned heads in the year’s WS18 with their statements, actions, profile, presence, knowledge, true wit and predominantly, their extraordinary outspokenness. Look out for these people in the following categories, the list of A4D-D4A absolute faves at Web Summit 2018

Politician/Public figure: Ann Mettler, Head of Political Strategy Centre, European Commission. 

Activist: Livia Firth, Founder and Creative at Eco-Age. Founder of the Green Carpet Challenge. 

Entrepreneur: Giulio Bonazzi, CEO and President at Aquafil.

FinTech Investor: Yoni Assia, Founder, eToro.

Fashion Designer/Entrepreneur: Jill Layfield, Co-Founder and CEO at Tamara Mellon.

Strategist: Barry Wacksman, EVP, Global Strategy Office at R/GA.

Outstanding Journalism/Editing/Broadcasting: Isabel Hilton, Founder and Editor, Chinadialogue.netLauren Goode, Senior Writer, Wired - Alice-Azania Jarvis, Acting Deputy Editor, Elle UK - Susana Chaves, Journalist, Beauty Editor,  www.beautyairlines.com