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Transmediale — Cnange Value, a premise to Post-Transmediale? Is it just an illusion? Liam Young – “I don’t think there’s anything new or radical about VR”. Do androids dream about media art? On the occasion of the conference “Du web 2. I am going to respond in a convoluted manner. I am currently writing a short article entitled La mort existe-t-elle vrai-ment? To sum up, last August was marked by the announcement of franccis end of the PC era, with two symbolic elements and a very tangible one.

First, one of the major players in personal computer, Steve Jobs [died]. Then, on the 30th anniversary of the first IBM PC, one of the co-founders, Mark Dean, published an article in which he explained things would now move on. Finally, HP, the world leader in PC production, wants to separate from its computers production unit. In fact, I consider that it is not really relevant to speak of the death of something.

I am thinking of finishing this article by taking the book as an example. Here too, the shape has changed, but we read more and more. In a nutshell, forms disappear and things are transformed.

The concept of innovation must be questionned |

All things have a hybrid reality. The former tendency was clear-cut, it was one thing or another, whilst philosophy has demonstrated the opposite for a long time. Instead of giving a defini-tion of hybridising, I prefer to explain that it is a way of dealing with information and communication technologies. Social networks are a modne example of this hybrid web. These are human networks, which nevertheless involve technology. Our approach is to say: In social networks, there is this “social relationship” dimension, which may pre-exist technology or survive without it, but also a certain type of relationship which is stimulated by technology.

Any thorough study of the Arab Spring, for instance, is bound to demonstrate this kind of things.


Some interactions already existed, others have been facilitated by technology. But technology did not do the revolution per se. It is obviously stupid to talk of a Facebook, Twitter or the likes revolution. Therefore, this is one of the examples of the hybrid web.

Today, there is in a real awareness of the weight of new information and communi-cation technologies. But this recognition is reflected in a paradoxical manner: Nevertheless, this space is neither commsnt nor bad, nor neutral, to use a wellknown formula. The Internet has become a new fighting cyange.

Today, I am not able to say who will win, but our responsibilities as citizens rests on it. It is important to educate people, to initiate a public debate. The rulers are to be blamed for not including members of the civil society in these debates.

Today, our duty as citizens is to fight for this very aspect.

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And this is where I reassess the importance of education: Dominique Piotet and I belong to those who think we are going through a rupture phase. The technology does not guarantee paradise for us. But, the mere existence of such a failure creates spaces in which we can act to initiate social changes we view as positive. You can once more take the examples of Tunisia and Egypt. I would however like to make a remark on the subject: According to you, what are the techno-logical and social spheres in which the transforming elements of the future will rise?

Also, will they come from the United States, Europe or somewhere else? These are two characteristics found in China and India. Companies are very likely to emerge from these two countries. There are two great examples: When new technologies reach the final third of humanity, they adjust, innovate and progress.

At the end of our book, we are talking about fundamental data including hyper-connectivity, the data tsunami, permanent connection, mobility, geo-tracking, databases, cloud computing etc. These are the variables that will contribute to define what we call the hybrid web. This is quite a caricature, but why not? Following this logic, we’re only halfway through the current cycle. I think we can try to work over a 2 to 3 years span.

This is the time needed for a technology to appear, give rise to the creation of one or several companies and finally take off. In July, you published on your blog a post entitled “La Silicon Valley est-elle en danger? Are we witnessing a form of decentralization of innovation? If you regard an innovation as purely technological and meant to be brought on the market, you always end up thinking that the Silicon Valley is the world leader in this respect.


But I think this concept ought to be expanded. I think the shift is happening right now. In five years time, it will become obvious. Thomas Friedman coined the phrase The world is flat, according to which everyone is on the same level, everyone is connected and therefore technologies eradicate differences. The question Dominique and I are asking is precisely this: To answer this, we must go and see. Published in the Digitalarti Mag 8.

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One, I read a latent assumption or judgment about Silicon Valley somehow not being about social change when it innovates. I consider this incorrect. Even Singularity University which is at the very high end of technologically driven innovation frames in the main produces projects that have a sustainability component or goal.

Second, your plans on a global “social change” tour are fascinating and timely. It is well known and acknowledged – including in Silicon Wb – that there are other innovation hubs blossoming outside of it, with Brazil being a place mentioned with increased frequenccy. And third, I do not subscribe to Friedman’s view of a latterly flattened world. In truth, there are certain characteristics, both human and geographical, that select for innovation.

It may pain us to say it, but not everyone franciis not everywhere is equally equipped and talented for innovation. The rest of us can learn much lr be inspired and enabled by those who are So what I am saying is that by framing it in the Friedmanian pronouncement we set ourselves up, at best for mediocracy and at worst, for failure.


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