SxSW 2017 – You may all go to hell, but I will go to Texas!

Davy Crockett, king of the Texan Wild Frontier strolled off for the fatal shoot-out at the Alamo mission on March 7th 1836, shouting “You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas…” SxSW Famous last words that I happily cite every time I prepare my yearly pilgrimage to the slightly weird city …

Addicted? Just tired of apologizing…

Holidays: It is all about switching off, getting away, unplugging, and forgetting. It’s as simple as that. Put your electronic gizmos in the safe, pack your credit card and just.. go. Except… it does not work that way. For me it isn’t. My books are on my iPad…, my navigation system, radar detector (sorry), addresses, …

If you want to be sheep, get in a flock, if you want to be wolves, form a pack

Bruce Sterling did not disappoint me at the closing of SxSW. A cynic futurist and gifted speaker, he has a tradition of naming the things exactly as he sees them, without dressing them up. While he usually writes with vinegar, he switches to vitriol in his talks. The closing speech was a 45 minute ranting, …

Let me earn your business card…

Let’s face it, we roam the endless spaces of the biggest conventions of these planets, spreading business cards around like there is no tomorrow. I literally level singlehandedly a shaming surface of lovely tropical rainforest each year by spreading a couple of thousands of cards. “Hey, how’re you here is mine can I have yours …

I’ve got the power!

Here we are, at a world influencing show on digital and social media. More social brain power around than one can fathom and more than 3OO.OOO event related check-ins so far. Every single one of these thousands of people carries a fancy, shiny, expensive smartphone. It can do everything: from finding you the next location …

30 % certified FROG

So you’re tired. You ask for coffee. A friendly waitress brings you a steaming mug with something black in. So far, so good. And then, you see the giant frog on the sticker claiming it is for 30 percent certified…. certified what. Frog? And the other 70? Heeeeelp! 😉

And what if you really could ASK Google?

As I predicted, IBM’s Watson super computer configuration won a game of Jeopardy from some very smart humans on US national television. A bit humiliating for us, the human race, but on the other hand, we did design the thinking machine… so our pride should not take too big a hit. Fascinating on Watson winning …

Valentines day : put a little commerce in your heart.

I admit. I am a bad man. A bad, bad man. For more years than I care to remember, I have managed to be utterly and totally unavailable on the universal love feast: Valentine’s day. The global mobile industry holds its yearly conference in Barcelona, schmack on Valentine’s day. Every. Single. Year. So me, and …

Cutting edge Credit Card

Life is not getting any easier for the poor security people at the various airports of this planet… after shoes full of explosives, aggressive belts, murderous nail thingies , ninja throwing star-like cuff links, and mouse cords with murderous potential… Cardsharp comes to market with a vicious Credit Card Folding Safety Knife: this is the …

UFO : it’s real !

I like surprising places, especially when they are in a state of the art architectural creation. Stefan Vadocz, MD of Porter Novelli Neopublic in Bratislava invited me for a breathtaking visit to one of the most extraordinary restaurants I’ve ever seen. Built into a bridge pillar, it looks down from 100 meter high on the …