The UK's Seed Cathedral is the best pavilion at the 2010 Expo, hands down. After getting a chance to go inside, I've decided I want to not only worship but live amongst its 60,000 fiber-optic-lit seeds. Wouldn't you?
The primary draw at any World Expo is the architecture--almost every country in the world is here, and they all want to stand out. Match that desire with top-shelf architects and big government budgets, and some amazing things can happen. Without further ado, a photo guide to the best pavilions I've seen so far at Expo 2010 in Shanghai:
It may have been an unglamorous 15 hours from JFK to Shanghai in coach, but once on the ground, my transportation prospects improved significantly: I floated into the city levitating on a magnetic field at 160 mph.
Remember World's Fairs? Those dazzling displays of self-cleaning kitchens, rocket cars and robotic servants--the futures we'd all be living in around, well, now? Whose effervescence and ability to captivate seemed to have fizzled into nothingness long ago?
Well, they're back--having never technically gone anywhere. Shanghai, the world's foremost exploding City of the Future, is hosting the largest and most expensive World Expo ever presented. What visions of exactly what kind of future await? We're here this week to find out.
In an unprecedented lapse for one of the world's most secretive companies, Apple has lost control of what appears to be a late-stage prototype of the next version of the iPhone. And unluckily for them, the lost bird found its way into Gizmodo's hands. They've splayed it open for all to see, similar to how Steve Jobs is now hoping to splay open whomever lost his top-secret phone.
I am interested in having a clock that looks like a stealth fighter or Batmobile, all sharp craggy black angles. One that also displays the time by bouncing a single red laser beam off sixty intricately positioned, rotating mirrors. Art Lebedev, the Russian design crazies who gave us the Optimus keyboard, have obliged.
During today's iPhone OS 4 preview at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Steve Jobs singled out Popular Science+ as "king of the hill" of magazine apps for the iPad, telling the assembled press and developers that "these guys did something really, really breakthrough.".
After a weekend using the iPad, I've realized I'm not interested in hedging my reaction to it with careful considerations of its lack of a USB port or webcam. It's not every day, or every year or maybe even every decade that we're able to see a piece of technology that takes a familiar human experience--here, using a computer--and fundamentally changes it. But that is what I think the iPad has done.
Apparently not content with the state of their full media takeover with the iPad launch, Apple has just sent out invitations for an event this Thursday offering a "sneak peak" at the forthcoming version 4 of the iPhone OS. My prediction? Rebranding the iPhone as iPad mini. We'll see.