Idealog #65: The Technology Issue

Reality Check: The tech sector is booming in New Zealand and new technologies continue to amaze us, entertain us and improve us. But as we step into the unknown, are we in danger of losing our humanity?

Idealog #65: The Technology Issue

Reality check

Entrepreneurship is well known for having a culture of grinding towards success, with workaholics like Elon Musk and Tim Cook held up as successful modern-day superheroes. However, this same culture has given way to serious concerns around founder mental health, both here and further abroad. BizDojo co-founder Nick Shewring opens up about his experience with anxiety and depression, and shares some of the insights the company has gleaned into New Zealand founder mental health through its research.

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Idealog's agony aunt, David Downs, answers your burning questions about the pros and cons of playing the New Zealand card in overseas markets and whether focusing on a very specific niche is the best approach if a New Zealand company hopes to go global. 

The Idea Log

The Idea Log, Idealog's spirit 'animal', is back once again to propose a few innovative solutions to help get our country’s A into GDP. He's already provided numerous million – perhaps billion – dollar ideas in the areas of food, apps, culture and design thinking. And for the Technology Issue, he spat on the graves of our generalist forebears and their useless no. 8 wire and developed some cool names for new regional tech hubs that will help show off their specific areas of expertise. 

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No longer is the modern canvas confined to being flat. Fostered by the advent of powerful projectors and more advanced methods of mapping, large-scale walls, sharp edged buildings and peculiarly-shaped objects have all become receptacles for today’s ambitious creatives. As photographers, designers and directors increasingly dabble in the world of video projection, Jihee Junn talks to three different artists to discover their take on the intersection between technology and visual art. Feast your eyes on the work of Vaughan Brookfield and Tom Lynch. 

Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

No longer is the modern canvas confined to being flat. Fostered by the advent of powerful projectors and more advanced methods of mapping, large-scale walls, sharp edged buildings and peculiarly-shaped objects have all become receptacles for today’s ambitious creatives. As photographers, designers and directors increasingly dabble in the world of video projection, Jihee Junn talks to three different artists to discover their take on the intersection between technology and visual art. First up, Joseph Michael. 

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Composite manufacturing is an integral part of New Zealand’s globally renowned boat building industry. But, as Michael Barrett writes, these technological processes are also finding other applications in architecture, infrastructure, entertainment, transport and even art. Now 21 high-tech, ice-white ‘islands’ milled and routed by Warkworth-based Core Builders Composites are getting some airtime in Auckland’s new Objectspace Gallery.

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Milk without the cow, meatless burgers that bleed, chicken and shrimp made from plant matter, and now foie gras without a force-fed goose in sight. A new food revolution enabled by science and biotech is brewing and, if it succeeds, animals will have little to do with the future of food. For some, that future looks rosy, but, as Dr. Rosie Bosworth writes in a series, the implications for New Zealand’s agricultural sector could be less than palatable.

The great food disruption

Milk without the cow, meatless burgers that bleed, chicken and shrimp made from plant matter, and now foie gras without a force-fed goose in sight. A new food revolution enabled by science and biotech is brewing and, if it succeeds, animals will have little to do with the future of food. For some, that future looks rosy, but, as Dr. Rosie Bosworth writes in part three of a series, the implications for New Zealand’s agricultural sector could be less than palatable. 

Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

Milk without the cow, meatless burgers that bleed, chicken and shrimp made from plant matter, and now foie gras without a force-fed goose in sight. A new food revolution enabled by science and biotech is brewing and, if it succeeds, animals will have little to do with the future of food. For some, that future looks rosy, but, as Dr. Rosie Bosworth writes in part two of a series, the implications for New Zealand’s agricultural sector could be less than palatable. 

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Vend's Vaughan Rowsell knows things, wants things, predicts things, worries about things and improves things. In this first installment, here's five things he wishes he knew before he started his career in tech.

Gratuitous self-promotion

The 2017 Technology issue of Idealog is out now and is chock-full of 150 pages of tech-related goodness. This issue features stories on hacking, driverless cars, the future of finance, technology addiction, VR for good, an interview with Soul Machines, and Idealog's first ever sci-fi section. In the spirit of gratuitous self-promotion, read on for a full run-down of what you can expect in this issue.