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A message from Bruce Sterling

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[Bruce Sterling in Torino] [Bruce Sterling] The crew at Frontiers of Interaction in Milano asked me to say a few words about the importance of the event. I certainly wish I was going to Frontiers of Interaction because I've been there before. But as you can see, things are getting a little cluttered here at the Bruce Sterling hack lab, and I'm actually engaged in some frontiers of interaction here. I don't really get a choice about it anymore. This is Intel Perceptual Computing at work, and I am a judge in the Intel Perceptual Computing contest. So I've been spending all day sweating software with these things. I'm actually interacting now without touching any of the keyboards at all. And on this machine something quite similar is going on. I'm now able to read Twitter and actually spool right through it without touching any of the devices at all thanks to my handy Leap Motion case and its handsome Italian-made leather protective casing. I don't know how to explain to you how I got into this situation. Just look at the overwhelming amount of gadgetry that's sitting here on this table. I didn't really ask for it; I don't know what to do once it's coming here; I'm a bit bewildered by it. But I take some comfort in the fact that this is Italo Calvino's 90th birthday. I think Calvino had some wise things to say to us here in the 21st century. He said, "You should memorize poetry no matter how old you are." And I don't really know that, I don't do a lot of that, but I do memorize a lot of technology jargon, and I think that's almost as good. And he said, "Don't trust anything that's too easy." "You should only value the hard things." I can see that, because trying to judge this contest is extremely hard, and trying to push the limits of this kind of advanced computing is definitely the cause of a generation. And at last he said that, "You should remember that all the things around you can be taken from you at any moment, with only a moment's notice." I think that's a very wise thing to understand, because all this stuff is basically junk. It will be gone within a matter of years. Every object, gadget, tool will be taken. The books will still be around, but some of their lessons will be a bit more old-fashioned. It will all be taken, and I'll probably be left with something like this... which is just computing without the devices really, just empty air and interaction. Not a frontier of interaction exactly anymore but more of a settled city of interaction. And I think all the wiring and all the hardware will be gone and we're entering a world where the interaction that's coming out of the box, that's coming to get us in real life, we don't get to click it, punch it. Here it comes, there it goes. I'm trying to prepare myself for that world, and I think events like yours are of critical importance in doing that. I urge you to take yourselves seriously, despite the fact that this is a comical situation. The work you're doing is very important. I pay attention to you. You deserve the attention. Good luck with your event. I look forward to seeing what you have to show the world. [video by Ksenija Livada] Bye-bye and good luck.

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Posted by: davidorban on Oct 22, 2013

A message from Bruce Sterling

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