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Tabor Williams

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How can art, technology, and design be combined to influence creative leaders?

I think that Maeda's talk outlines how these three seemingly disparate ideas can come together to form something positive. My question then would be, what are some ways in which they can be combined?

Simply living life and coming to these conclusions the same was Mr. Maeda did, or is there a process, or a way in which these three ideas can be merged into a new school of thought?

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    Oct 11 2012: Art and design have no place in the progression of technology. Art and design are merely the outward expressions of our perception. They hold no value at all. Technology and innovation should focus on the progression of green industry and other such solutions. I don't believe any benefit exists to pretty iPods or cleverly designed computers.

    If it helps people on a global or even local scale...great. However, many people purchase technology they don't ever fully get a grasp of. People buy iPads and personal computers with all kinds of devices and specifications they don't understand.

    Technology is beneficial...but when it is massively reproduced to create profit...the focus is no longer progress.
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      Oct 11 2012: I'm gonna disagree entirely.

      Technology moves rapidly, and there's no point in having a sophisticated technology if no one knows how to use it due to poor designs or poor communications with the users.

      "I don't believe any benefit exists to pretty iPods or cleverly designed computers."

      If that's the case, then you should just stop using the web browser, desktop applications, and all these Middle overlays should just begone and you should just do everything on DOS terminal commands.

      "If it helps people on a global or even local scale...great. However, many people purchase technology they don't ever fully get a grasp of. People buy iPads and personal computers with all kinds of devices and specifications they don't understand. "

      This may not be a completely bad thing. That's like saying that people are required to know how a microwave works in order to use it. The only thing you need to know about microwave ovens are you put food into it, you set a timer, it heats it up within the amount of time setted, and eat.

      For a computer, the only thing you really need to know is how to create documents and use its applications and tools and such, you don't need to know the stuff behind the scenes to use the technology. Albeit it's good to know, but it shouldn't be necessary. I don't need to know how the circuit boards work, or the details of a specific algorithm the processor uses for a certain task, or even what really goes down when a computer is turned on, asleep, or hibernating, or how the computer computes things using a complex series of logic gates, or how the computer stores information in transistors.

      I also don't know how a car works, but that doesn't mean I don't know how to use it.

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