Lift in Asia 2008: Sessions

Beyond the web we know: what comes after the web 2.0?

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 14:15

What can we expect from the web in the near future, what comes after web2.0?
Laurent Haug will explain the vision behind the main theme of the conference, and what a mature web will mean for our society.
Then Eric Rodenbeck of Stamen Design (USA) will share his perspective on the evolution of the web towards a "richer" media through the use of information visualizations. Chang Kim of TNC will close the session and talk about the future of the social web.

Virtual money: exploring the upcoming cashless economy

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 16:30

Without making headlines, the digitization of money has registered significant progress recently. This session will explore the upcoming cashless economy with international expert David Birch (Consult Hyperion, UK) and American science fiction writer Bruce Sterling (initiator of the cyberpunk movement, writer on Wired).

Networked cities: how will ubiquitous computing influence the way we live?

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 09:00

The new digital layers provided by ICTs are transforming contemporary urban environments. What does that mean for its inhabitants? What changes can we expect? How will ubiquitous computing influence the way we live? « Everyware » author Adam Greenfield (Nokia Design, Finland), as well as architects Jeffrey Huang (EPFL, Switzerland) and Yang Soo-In (The Living, Korea) will provide their vision on this not so distant future.

Aiming for a better society: How can technologies help us shape a more inclusive and sustainable society?

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 11:30

How can technologies help us shape a more inclusive and sustainable society, as well as take advantage of the world's diversity? Raphael Grignani (Nokia Design, USA) and Ilpyo Hong (Hope Institute) will address this question. Raphael will talk about Nokia Design address environmental and social issues including recycling, energy and making the benefits of mobile technology available to more people. Dr. Hong will describe how the think tank he belongs to is employing on-line technologies for aiming at a better society.

The future of social worlds: where is Gaming heading?

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 16:30

Social networks and Massive Multi-Player games are now merging in a new category of digital entertainment platforms with new business models, reaching consumers via different screens. What does the usage of such platforms tell us about new forms of socialization? Where is gaming heading? What are the new opportunities?

Joonmo Kwon (Nexon, Korea) will share his profound experience in this field, and present the vision he has for his 300-millions-customers company. Then Jury Hahn (Megaphone, USA) will talk about the latest and most innovative forms of social mobile entertainment, using cell phones as the main platforms.

Techno-nomadic life: the new behaviors and constraints influenced by mobile technologies

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 18:00

Mobile technologies have freed us from the tyranny of "place", but have they introduced new constraints? New behaviors? Is the mobile web going through the same process as the Web in the 90s?
Star design researcher Jan Chipchase (Nokia, Japan) will present some insights nomadic work/life practices enabled by mobile technologies, while i-mode father Takeshi Natsuno (Keio University, Japan) and Christian Lindholm (Fjord, UK) will talk about the future of mobile services.

From robots to networked objects: What's hot in robotics that we will soon see all around us?

Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 10:00

Robots are moving beyond anthropomorphism and starting to communicate. What can we expect? What's hot in robotics that we will soon see all around us?

Japanese inventor Tomoaki Kasuga (Speecys, Japan) will show his latest robotic creation, while researcher Frédéric Kaplan (EPFL, Switzerland), known for his work with the Sony Aibo, will talk about the future of robots as part of our daily life. Legendary French entrepreneur Bruno Bonnell, founder of Infogrames and former CEO of Atari, will close the session by dicussing the differences between the Asian and Western approach to robotics.