Interview with Atau
As a musician, he’s travelled the world playing wonderful instruments, such as a device that uses muscle and brain signals to control synthesisers. However, SiDE CoInvestigator and Culture Lab director Atau Tanaka is also a firm believer in the need for technology to affect social change.
Around 15 years ago, the founder of America’s MIT Media Lab wrote a book that predicted the future. Nicholas Negroponte’s Being Digital focused on the transition from “unwieldy atoms” of information, such as books, into bits of information. He foresaw personalised daily news such as web feeds, as well as the rise of touch-screen technology and digital books. Society is more digital than it’s ever been. But what does it mean for us, and what’s the point of it all?