Rachel Ramsay

The average Baby Boomer is the most profitable consumer in the market. They’ve got disposable income and they’re keen to spend it. They enjoy efficient service, polite staff, neatly laid out stores and like to choose from a wide range of top quality products. Now they have a new requirement to add to the mix: access. How easily can they navigate a business without physical impairments getting in the way?


One hundred percent fresh air, a machine that parks your car for you, and an office that stays cool without air conditioning – the future is here, and if the Geyser building in Parnell is anything to go by, it’s going to be very green.

A new initiative is launching today with the aim of encouraging more Kiwis to use solar systems in their homes – while solar power has largely been sidelined as a bit of a hippie niche, it doesn't get much more mainstream than the red sheds.

Jer Thorp is data artist in residence at the New York Times. With data from smartphones, tablets and web browsers being widely touted as the future’s most valuable commodity, Thorp has very specific ideas on how this information should be used. Thorp speaks about the importance of injecting a human element into the mass world of data collection and usage. He demonstrates how important it is that normal people have access to the day-to-day data they produce, and celebrates the role gestural technology can play in helping us get as much as we can out of the information we create.