This is the 3rd pilot for my new web-tv show called Meetings of the Mind (MotM), soon to be available at www.meetingsofthemind.tv). In this episode I talk to Carlo Donzella, in Rome / Italy see http://twitter.com/nerissimo
As an advisor to the Lazio Region of Rome, Carlo has recently been involved in the Futouring.it project which has created 6 world-class digital media experiences for 6 world-heritage sites within the Lazio region. Carlo also teaches the "Brave New Media World" course at the Master in Development, Innovation and Change (MiDIC) of the University of Bologna (Italy) and at the PopAkademie of the University of Mannheim (Germany).
A reviewer for dozens of international projects, he has covered various executive and consulting roles with many public agencies and private enterprises.
We discuss Carlo's work in digital, smart cities, and ponder what the future may hold for cities that use social local mobile video and cloud applications to engage with their visitors, citizens and fans. This is a wide-ranging discussion that covers a ton of stuff - hope you like it. Audio track will go up on www.futuretalks.com soon, as well!
"...the big insight here? With the rise of megacities, consumers will most likely drive less. But they’ll continue to search out exciting ways of getting around. By intersecting this need with BMW’s expertise in creating exciting transport, the car manufacturer is today cornering a market that to many other companies is still invisible. It’s futureproofing its brand. BMW i Brand Manager Uwe Dreher says that a surprising insight is guiding the carmaker. Dreher says that in the course of research the company conducted as part of the new sub-brand’s development process, the team discovered a group of affluent consumers—particularly in the San Francisco area—who were expressing their politics by driving seemingly downmarket cars. As Dreher said, “It seemed incongruous for someone to live in a $5 million home and drive a $35,000 Prius instead of a Porsche or Ferrari. But that’s what’s happening.”
This is a brand-new and very nicely produced video - a big thank-you to Google Australia for making it available so quickly. If you are in the travel business, do make sure to watch this video, and check out the other speakers and their presentations, as well. Enjoy, RT, Google + this :)))
From transport to entertainment, work to education, our lives are
already being transformed by high-speed internet that will help create
the fully wired city. Within 10 years, faster, comprehensive, wired and
wireless networks will not only become the norm, they will become free,
says Gerd Leonhard, chief executive of the business thinktank The
Futures Agency. The reason? The enormous benefits to government and
Many of us are familiar with the internet telephony
tool Skype. But an even more advanced, 3D and interactive virtual
version of the technology could revolutionise education and business
(among other areas), putting anyone, anywhere in the world, in visual
touch with anyone else.
"The telepresence business is going to
become huge and it will be standard for people in workplaces to connect
over screens," says Leonhard. "There will be virtual schools for
education and training you can access anywhere, especially in
developing countries." He predicts business travel will be
substantially reduced, saving money and the environment.
will be revolutionised by 3D printing, technology that is already making
it possible to "print" clothes. And while the debate about appropriate
use of our personal data will continue, consensual services could be to
"You'll walk past a department store and the window
will show a personalised display with your size and preferences," says
Leonhard. "We'll also be able to download and make things at home,
including electronic devices – it will just be a question of downloading
For travel, our behavioural patterns will be
studied and utilised by tools which then advise us of delays in realtime
and suggest alternative routes. While some mobile phone applications
already do this, the system will become more comprehensive, connecting
trains with buses, planes and road information according to our
By 2020, 26m UK homes will be fitted with a smart meter
that monitors energy use and encourages homeowners to be more
efficient. At IBM, Andy Stanford-Clark, the company's chief technology
officer for smart energy, has been exploring how wiring our homes to the
web could make them more efficient.
"The autonomous homes of the
future can monitor everything on our behalf," he says. "The dishwasher,
tumble dryer and washing machine will talk to the electricity grid so
they could turn on in half an hour at a cheaper rate."