Geo-Technologies Based on Local DNA and Philosophy

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. Interpreting the technological evolutions through Mingei may redefine and provide a new overview of the digital ecosystems around the world.

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Yoichi Ochiai

University of Tsukuba

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