Science’s Signals – Week 41
This weeks edition contains stories from Financial Times, NY Times, Dezeen, VICE, The Atlantic, Wallpaper, Gizmodo and Huffington Post. Read about globalization, transparency, craftsmanship and watch videos from Chanel’s sustainable fashion show and the future according to Hollywood.
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Technology for Transparency
Let us start with Transparency. In Wednesday’s Financial Times we read that Google is opening up a bit. The company offers to brand web search results to adress Brussel’s fears. When we write about the social aspect and the power of the web, combined with Transparency, we mean examples like Bribr.org. Crowdmapping corruption is risky but serious business in Russia. That’s why the Bribr founders designed a mobile app. It empowers you to fight corruption with your smartphone. Technology for Transparency.
Meanwhile, mr. Wikileaks Julian Assange is working on a book called Cyberphunks (NY Times). We expect to read the first cables anytime soon….
The Social Web Continued
Remember Fmylife.com and TextfromLastNight.com? The Social aspect of the web keeps on growing. Gizmodo editor Leslie Horn can’t get enough of Hetexted.com, a place where women can gather to discuss their received text messages from guys. Or ‘ask a bro‘.
Want to know why we still document Experience Economy? Check out Starbucks’ Library, pop-up-store-Cool on Dezeen. “Black, with inspiration please”. Although in the first ‘flagshipstore-phase’, a pretty cool one!
Sustainable BRICS and Renewable Fashion
Gideon Rachman tells us that the BRICS have an unhappy turn. Combine this with the insights from FT’s Oil & Gas special and a sustainable future suddenly doesn’t look that bright: natural gas is the new coal.
“Given the long-term nature of the energy business, governments are in the tricky position of having to take decisions that will determine investment decisions for decade against the backdrop of today’s economic downturn.”
So, don’t worry, drive on…
Or have a look at Chanel’s ‘Sustainable Fashion Show’. As the Atlantic puts it:
“What’s really fascinating about this is that Chanel thought that the renewable energy future’s aesthetic was worth abstracting and displaying.”
It’s not just bad news for the BRICS in this weeks FT: Ikea applies to open stores in India, Chinese companies are realizing that recruiting international MBAs can help their expansion plans and a Hollywoodscript-like story about Petronas’ first female boss tells us that feminization is on the rise in Brazil.
Craftsmanship, the Future and Paris 3d
Craftsmanship is booming. We know. And retail adapts, check this is story. We are curious to find new forms. Think made by hand with customized 3d printers. Prices will drop. It happens with other new products, have a look at this ‘txtr beagle e-reader. Cheaper than a book.
If we combine all Hollywood signals, this is what the future will look like:
“The new generation engages in iconic symbolism by using symbols and brands of today’s culture.”
We leave you with that quote. Have a great weekend!