From: Bruce Sterling [email@example.com]
Subject: Viridian Note 00344: The Judges Speak
Entries in the Biofuture Robot Dog Contest:
(((The judges have reached a decision, and the dog is on the way to the winner!)))
From: Christopher Coldeway and Tina Estes, GBN
"Well, Viridians, after much consideration, debate, and
chocolate-covered espresso beans, we are ready to announce
the winner of the GBN Biofutures future-bio-dog contest.
"But first we must say that it has been great fun
clicking through all the entries and showing them off to
our clients and friends at the Biofutures Learning Journey
meeting, which concluded last week. For the Learning
Journeys we took curious executives from various
industries, packed them into two shuttle-buses, and drove
them around the Bay Area visiting companies and
individuals who not only play integral roles in the
biotech sector, but are pushing the scope of the debate
about what biotech is, can be, and should be.
"Interesting conversations were sparked and much
learning was had by all, not least because of the thought-
provoking contest entries framed on the walls of our
meeting room like windows into the future.
"Now comes the part we're worst at – actually picking
one contest entry over others. At GBN, we help businesses,
NGOs, and governments think strategically about complex
situations by creating scenarios of alternative future
environments. In managing uncertainty and thinking through
change over time, we hold many cards in our hands at once.
Picking an official winner is counter to our business!
However, since there is only one Aibo, we'll do it.
"Thanks to Laura Sterling for kicking the contest off
with some great drawings. Honorable mentions go to David
Rice's hilarious Dingo Stroller; Matt Jones' innovative
Von Neumann's Best Friend; Chris Snyder's very thorough
Snunk; the fantastic entries from the San Jose State
Industrial Design team: Symbu, Bink, and Xorph; and Ed
O'Connor and Rick Boersma's compelling near-winner RO-VR.
And now... the final choice of the GBN judges. The
winning entry, ladies and gentlemen, is Dawn Danby and
Paul Waggoner's SPOD!
As an objet de technologie, SPOD exists in the currently blank area where infotech meets industrial biotech processes (meets Lassie). The most lauded aspects of SPOD over here were the public domain SPODscript routines, the organic photovoltaic Solar Poncho, the closed-loop manufacturing ideas, a grasp of the broad range of bioindustrial products and processes, and the fantastic Flash site design, including links to relevant articles and great x-ray dog pics. Congratulations Dawn and Paul! And thanks to all who entered – this was a difficult contest to judge, and I wish we had a mechanized horde of dancing robot dogs for all of you.
Signed, Tina Estes and Chris Coldewey from Global Business Network
IF THINGS WORK OUT AS PLANNED,
YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE
THE SPONSOR OF OUR NEXT CONTEST.
I'M NOT SURE I BELIEVE IT MYSELF
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