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 Winter 2017

Issue #65, Winter 2017

The Technology Issue: 'Reality Check'

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The Idea Log

The Idea Log, Idealog's spirit 'animal', is back once again to propose a few innovative solutions to help get our country’s A into GDP. He's already provided numerous million – perhaps billion – dollar ideas in the areas of food, apps, culture and design thinking. And for the Technology Issue, he spat on the graves of our generalist forebears and their useless no. 8 wire and developed some cool names for new regional tech hubs that will help show off their specific areas of expertise. 

Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

No longer is the modern canvas confined to being flat. Fostered by the advent of powerful projectors and more advanced methods of mapping, large-scale walls, sharp edged buildings and peculiarly-shaped objects have all become receptacles for today’s ambitious creatives. As photographers, designers and directors increasingly dabble in the world of video projection, Jihee Junn talks to three different artists to discover their take on the intersection between technology and visual art. This time, Ash Bolland.

Idealog + Fisher & Paykel

We tend to take our appliances for granted and expect them to keep on working, no matter what. But, if you’re a manufacturer, how do you ensure your product can stand up to the real world? If you’re Fisher & Paykel, you give the DishDrawer a proper battering, try your best to make it fail, and ensure the often strange behaviour exhibited by unpredictable and demanding humans is taken into consideration.

Idealog + Kordia

Local tech success story RedShield, an innovative web application shielding service which Kordia offers as part of its cybersecurity portfolio, is helping businesses fight back against cybercriminals and online threats. CEO and co-founder Andy Prow talks to Ben Mack about the growing number of global cyber-attacks, the need for constant vigilance and the threat New Zealand businesses face.

Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

No longer is the modern canvas confined to being flat. Fostered by the advent of powerful projectors and more advanced methods of mapping, large-scale walls, sharp edged buildings and peculiarly-shaped objects have all become receptacles for today’s ambitious creatives. As photographers, designers and directors increasingly dabble in the world of video projection, Jihee Junn talks to three different artists to discover their take on the intersection between technology and visual art. Feast your eyes on the work of Vaughan Brookfield and Tom Lynch. 

Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

No longer is the modern canvas confined to being flat. Fostered by the advent of powerful projectors and more advanced methods of mapping, large-scale walls, sharp edged buildings and peculiarly-shaped objects have all become receptacles for today’s ambitious creatives. As photographers, designers and directors increasingly dabble in the world of video projection, Jihee Junn talks to three different artists to discover their take on the intersection between technology and visual art. First up, Joseph Michael. 

Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

Silicon Valley is worshipped by many for being home to some of the largest technology behemoths in the world. But the ultra-competitive environment and rapid pace of innovation comes at a cost to workers. An anonymous New Zealander shares what it’s like to work in the tech bubble – and it isn’t all free, organic lunches and nap pods.

Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

Composite manufacturing is an integral part of New Zealand’s globally renowned boat building industry. But, as Michael Barrett writes, these technological processes are also finding other applications in architecture, infrastructure, entertainment, transport and even art. Now 21 high-tech, ice-white ‘islands’ milled and routed by Warkworth-based Core Builders Composites are getting some airtime in Auckland’s new Objectspace Gallery.

Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

Milk without the cow, meatless burgers that bleed, chicken and shrimp made from plant matter, and now foie gras without a force-fed goose in sight. A new food revolution enabled by science and biotech is brewing and, if it succeeds, animals will have little to do with the future of food. For some, that future looks rosy, but, as Dr. Rosie Bosworth writes in part three of a series, the implications for New Zealand’s agricultural sector could be less than palatable.

Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

As part of our recently published Technology Issue, 'Reality Check' – and inspired by Wired's recent fiction issue – we asked some talented friends of the Idealog family to examine the role technology could play in the future and created a special 20-page fiction section that was printed on beautiful Renoir paper supplied by B&F Papers. To add a technological element to these stories, we asked Booktrack, a New Zealand-born AI company that creates movie-style soundtracks for audiobooks, to help us out (to listen to all four stories and their soundtracks, mash your pointing device here). We will be publishing one of these stories online every week as part of Technology Month. But we enjoyed the stories in print so much, we wanted to ask our readers for some of theirs.

Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

Vend's Vaughan Rowsell knows things, wants things, predicts things, worries about things and improves things. In this first installment, here are five things he wishes New Zealand would do right now.

The great food disruption

Milk without the cow, meatless burgers that bleed, chicken and shrimp made from plant matter, and now foie gras without a force-fed goose in sight. A new food revolution enabled by science and biotech is brewing and, if it succeeds, animals will have little to do with the future of food. For some, that future looks rosy, but, as Dr. Rosie Bosworth writes in part three of a series, the implications for New Zealand’s agricultural sector could be less than palatable. 

Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

Idealog’s just-released Technology Issue – 'Reality Check' examined some of the ways new technologies are improving us, amazing us, entertaining us and, in some cases, harming us. Now, thanks to the support of our friends at Springload, an independent, award-winning digital creative agency, we’re dedicating the month of August to a continuation of those discussions online. We’ll also be conducting a bunch of tech-related experiments, showcasing the best of this booming sector and sharing a bunch of wise words from local tech luminaries. So get ready to fill your internet-connected hover boots.

Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

Milk without the cow, meatless burgers that bleed, chicken and shrimp made from plant matter, and now foie gras without a force-fed goose in sight. A new food revolution enabled by science and biotech is brewing and, if it succeeds, animals will have little to do with the future of food. For some, that future looks rosy, but, as Dr. Rosie Bosworth writes in part one of a series, the implications for New Zealand’s agricultural sector could be less than palatable.

Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

Vend's Vaughan Rowsell knows things, wants things, predicts things, worries about things and improves things. In this first installment, here's five things he wishes he knew before he started his career in tech.