Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Tuesday gazette

Are technologists finally looking beyond Garfinkle? Academics in Copenhagen are no doubt in for a treat when Adrian Mackenzie, Greg Wise and others join their upcoming seminar on Ethnography and Technology in relation to Gilles Deleuze's Philosophy. And to see how some archaeologists are applying these ways of thinking to their studies of material culture, check this out.

Nokia has released their first mass-market NFC handset, but as Timo puts it, "NFC technology offers very little without a supporting infrastructure of regionally specific ticketing, payment and custom services." It's funny how often we have to devise uses for our devices! But while we're on the topic of temporal order in tech design, apparently the iPod was designed after Apple had mastered both the iTunes technology and the iTunes store.

In other news John Thackara suggests that "Design schools should relocate en masse to favelas and slums. These informal economies are sites of intense social and business innovation." I know he's trying to get people to look beyond traditional sources of inspiration but, in my view, his habitually flippant way of doing so does little more than evidence the desires of the over-privileged.


Anonymous jean said...

welcome back!

Apparently the first Kodak camera was developed as an application of Eastman's flexible roll film system, which had been critically acclaimed but was ultimately rejected in practice by professional photographers who preferred to keep control of the whole process of photography, and so was looming as a market failure. Whereupon Eastman/co decided they needed to 'create' a whole new 'class' of consumers...voila.

Blogger Peter said...

While iTunes (launch 10 Jan 2001) was available before the iPod (launch 23 October 2001), the iTunes music store was not available until a year and half later (28 April 2003.)

Anonymous anne said...

thanks jean - it's good to be reminded of the commercial imperative in tech design ;)

peter - hmmm. that's interesting. do you think moggridge or mercer are wrong? perhaps the public releases don't accurately reflect what was going on behind the scenes at apple?

Blogger Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino said...

Funnily enough I'm convinced these same arguments (Thackara's) were made about the development of IDII (nestled in a small town in the middle of the Italian alps)which closed down after 5 years precisely because it was in the middle of nowhere in an area which didn't understand the value of higher foreign education. I think it comes down to the cultures being misunderstood or idealized.


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