15.06.2012 Category: Weekly Reads « Previous Next » What we read this week (15 June) Written by: Dorota Tags: digitalisation, economy, future, sciencefiction, technology, urbanproject This week was all about speculations. Standing with one foot in the present and one foot in the future, we were reading about the downfall and rise of contemporary technologies, what science fiction has to do with economics, a futuristic urban art project and the digital metamorphosis of Starbucks. Quotes of the week The difference between reality and fiction? Fiction has to make sense. -Tom Clancy Articles of the week Chris Ziegler: Pre to postmortem: the inside story of the death of Palm and webOS The “international darlings” Palm and webOS disappeared in the sea of the global irrelevance within only 31 months. Read about the factors that undermined the foundations of the promising device and platform. Wired: Economist Paul Krugman Is a Hard-Core Science Fiction Fan Paul Krugman: American economist, Professor at Princeton University and science fiction amateur. He claims that nothing else gives you more opportunities to think about possibilities than science fiction. In this interview conducted by Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy, Krugman talks about psychohistory, trends among fellow economists and his deep affinity for science fiction. Under Tomorrows Sky with Liam Young Under Tomorrows Sky is a project initiated by Liam Young in collaboration with the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and a variety of inventive people such as scientists, digital poets or speculative gamers. It aims at developing a proposal for a future city with complete visionary structure. The project will be exhibited at MU art space in Eindhoven (NL) on August 10th. Venture Beat: How Starbucks is turning itself into a tech company The biggest international coffee company and coffeehouse chain is turning the tide when it comes to running an expansive business today. The article explains, step-by-step, the digital success of Starbucks and why it should be perceived as a role model in digital engagement. Splatf: Exploring The New Foursquare If we could say that growth is the new business currency, then we could say that Foursquare is becoming pretty rich. Last week, the new version of Foursquare was published. Its creators decided to slightly modify the concept behind the previous versions of Foursquare in order to improve the user experience and meet their new expectations. Related 15.06.2012 Category: Weekly Reads « Previous Next » Stay up-to-date with what we do and what we read. Subscribe to our newsletter.