Re: Star Wars, Dancing Otters, Tea Cups, And Robots That Feed You: A Weekend Video Roundup
Wow, what an eclectic bunch of videos. It's funny that all of these have a slightly more serious aspect to them, too. Well, except for the dancing otter - the reggae was my favorite, by the way. The tomato robot raises questions not only about what we can build versus what we actually should (seriously, even as a promotional stunt, I don't fully get the appeal), but also what we're really going to get away with calling a 'robot' as the age of IoT approaches. I wonder if this thing is really smart in any way (or if it even has a processor) or if it's just a single mechanism attached to a button. As for the Tomato itself, I have noticed that it's often considered a snack in asian cultures and put in all kinds of dishes we wouldn't imagine in the west. I have no idea why, though. I can't stand them.
The Star Wars trailer (which got several laughs out of me despite my resistance) brings a similar message - we've come a long way since Mr. Lucas first messed up Star Wars, and now any video editor can pull of a similar level of visual effects from his/her PC with enough time and effort. Still, that doesn't mean we need to crowd every shot with them, and I didn't appreciate how pleasantly sparse the Episode VII trailer was until seeing this one. If I was clever enough I could think of a way to tie that back to innovation and the chinese teacups (maybe I just did). Glass certainly isn't the only technology you could apply that line of thinking to. All things are connected, which is a lesson we learn in IT a lot. You might say that the chinese developed other technology sooner as a result, and it's fortuitous that we all met up in the middle as cultures. That's another lesson we could take home for IT.