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Web pioneer Joi Ito to keynote Siggraph 2015

January 21st 2015

Siggraph announced today that Joichi “Joi” Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab and a noted pioneer of the World Wide Web, will be the keynote speaker for Siggraph 2015 in Los Angeles, August 9-13. Mirroring the conference theme of “Xroads of Discovery,” Siggraph notes how Ito’s body of work and experience has spanned the science, academic, and business worlds. “Known for his willingness to dig deeply to find understanding and to discover unorthodox solutions and connections, Joi Ito is the perfect fit for Siggraph 2015,” said Marc J. Barr, Siggraph 2015 Conference Chair. “The Siggraph community is full of thoughtful, innovative and curious minds, which Ito embodies through his work as an activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and advocate of emergent democracy, privacy, and Internet freedom.”

CES no longer a leading indicator

Techwatch January 20th 2015

Now what do we do? We thought we had really stumbled onto something when we recognized a correlation between the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the attendance at CES: when CES attendance fell, so did the DJIA. That gauge worked up until 2013 and then failed in 2014 and again in 2015. Damn.  All things considered, I’d much rather the DJIA went up faster than the attendance at CES. I think CES is too crazy big and unmanageable now. I think it should be broken up into three or four shows: one for cars, one for TVs and …

Five years: yet another long strange trip …

And in half the time! I was asked recently to write about the five most important market develop¬ments of the last five years. I have no idea why; David Letterman was busy or something. As I considered what I would write about, I found myself thinking about how mobile …Click here to read this blog entry

Systems thinking and the individual

Companies and users are not on the same page Recently, I wrote an article in CGW about Adobe’s march to subscription and a long time Adobe customer sent a simple terse comment: ain’t ever going to subscribe, ever, she said. She, like so many people, hates the idea of …Click here to read this blog entry

Seeing more

Tablets have screen sizes from 7-inches to 20-inches and sell for $70 to over $1,200. They have PPI ranging from 132 to 339. Factoring that data for some of the more popular devices we produced the following chart of the cost per megapixel.   Ironically, the lowest cost tablet, …Click here to read this blog entry

It’s never business as usual in the film industry

A ruthless commitment to cooperation drives business The Siggraph show is just about our favorite show of the year. I love movies and Jon knows just about everyone in the business. Come to think of it, by this time we both know an awful lot of people in the …Click here to read this blog entry

Tempests in tea pots, real time

Siggraph is almost here. For some this is a small show – and tragically it’s getting smaller, but it’s our favorite show in the world. It’s where our roots are. Over the years the show has been dominated by the Hollywood forces; more’s the pity. Their money is surely …Click here to read this blog entry