I seem to be spending a lot of time at the V&A at the moment.. Their Friday Late’s are brilliant fun and last Friday I went there to see the iconic Mary Quant – her talk was the first of a series of talks celebrating the new V&A: British Design 1948-2012 Innovation in the Modern age – exhibition that opens on the 31st.
In Friday’s Fresh Meat this week..
Laptops are the UK’s favourite piece of technology passing the long time favourite – the TV. “Consumers in the UK now prefer laptops to television when ranking their “favourite piece of technology”, the first time TV has not held the lead in this area. Deloitte, the consultancy, polled 2,276 people, 28% of which gave laptops primary status, ahead of TV’s 22%. Desktop PCs hit 19%, beating the 10% logged by smartphones.” Continue Reading →
“Our system of law doesn’t acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. But ideas aren’t so tidy. They’re layered, they’re interwoven, they’re tangled. And when the system conflicts with the reality… the system starts to fail.”
Came across this at the V&A shop the other day.. A little treat to celebrate International Women’s Day! I am sure the Queen will be having several..
Happy Leap Day!
Before the second day of TED2012 kicks off.. A word about Day 1 of the Conference, which this year is themed around “Full Spectrum” (whatever they mean by it).. I am anxiously following Guardian’s Live Blog as a substitute for being there in person. They give a good detailed account, which is further deepened by reading the TED blog (before they finally release the actual videos..).
The most interesting talks from Day 1:
Continue Reading →
I am excited to kick off Friday’s Fresh Meat after a short hiatus..
Yesterday we travelled to Oxford University to follow a dialogue between Prof Richard Dawkins and The Archbishop of Canterbury which was quite interesting. At times the conversation actually become a dialogue, as promised, instead of the speakers simply pushing their own messages. The event on “The nature of human beings and the question of their ultimate origin” was structured around four main topics; “The origin of human beings”, “The origin of the human species”, “The origin of life” and “The origin of the universe”. Because of this the 1.5h did not feel even nearly long enough, and many times the speakers had to move on to a different theme as soon as the conversation got interesting. The Archbishop did well I thought, injecting some surprising humour into his addresses; when Dawkins stated that the Pope took a more literal interpretation to the origin of the human species, The Archbishop said “I’ll ask him sometime”, again causing laughter. Dawkins’ statement and self definition as a 6.9 agnostic (on a scale of 1-7) caused stir in the audience, and now in the press. All and all they were quite diplomatic, and I wish they had conversed for longer, even if many of the philosophy and physics terms and concepts were sometimes completely over my head. The Telegraph reported on the dialogue today with the headline: “Richard Dawkins: “I can’t be sure God does not exist” .