Future of Technologies Conference: Leicester, UK, Nov 20
November 17th, 2008

I’m planning to participate in the Future of Technologies Conference in Leicester this Thursday, organized by my friends at De Montfort University’s Institute of Creative Technologies. Leicester itself has been undergoing interesting changes, from a classically industrial textile-based economy to a knowledge-based economy, from an entirely white city to a multiethnic population with no racial majority. Linz undertook a similar change from a steel center to a digital arts center, although the ethnic changes are not parallel. Linz and local media companies were smart enough to support Ars Electronica. I hope The Future of Technologies conference will be followed by others in which IOCT and the city work together to bring minds together with new ideas — something every industrial culture needs to do as it transitions to more networked, technology-enabled, knowledge-intensive economic base.

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