Geo-political studies have shown digital ecosystems vary depending on geographical zones, such as the platformers and capital circulation-oriented California, regulation-heavy, sustainability-sensitive and design-attentive Europe and the Chinese-style tie-in of governmental policy with production industries. In Japan, “Mingei,” rooted in local DNA and based on the theory of “functional beauty,” is both an art and philosophy. Though the Japanese digital ecosystem may seem to be simply economic success-driven, the speaker will present how Mingei is a strong force behind Japanese digital innovations, helping to interpret and blend in outside ideas. Similarly, incorporating distinct geo-political philosophies to a region’s technologies could lead to even better digital innovations worldwide.
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