Just got back from this new exhibition at the wonderful Victoria and Albert Museum in London, near where I am staying. ” WE ARE ALL CONNECTED, BUT DO WE FEEL LONELY?” This is the first thing I saw and it struck me as apt in the increasingly isolated world we live in. We are helped so much by the developing technology and increasingly isolated by it. And yet we are turning to robots, for companionship, as factory workers ….there are robot pets for old people, babies going to sleep are helped often by new technology. This is the subject of my new short film About Andy….technology and isolation and how to solve some of the ensuing loneliness. Hope to show it to you soon, but Festivals first and then I plan to develop it into a feature film. Wish me luck!!!
This V&A exhibition is full of excitement, interest and innovation and thoughts for our future. My father, William Merrow, despite the sadness of being a refugee from Germany, was always very positive and interested in the future……he would have loved it. He was one of he most forward thinking people I have ever know. He often wrote to the government asking when they would support the technology for flying cars, which might help the congested roads! Of course he never got a reply.
Also picture above is another idea from the exhibition….an autonomous ship Protei that cleans up oil spills….it is powered by the wind , it is low- cost and open source with a flexible hull which enables it to sail upwind, intercepting oil spills from their source.
With all this technology however I have no proper WiFi connection at present, where I am currently staying, so writing these blogs is minor torture, especially adding pictures…BT Open Zone doesn’t cut it!!
One last little story. I went to see a terrific play at the weekend Pressure by writer/ actor David Haig about the wonderful Scottish meteorologist, who went head to head with Eisenhower when he was given the horrendous task of predicting the weather for the D Day landings, causing its postponement by one day. But that postponement saved thousands of lives. Another clever innovator!
And here is that other little friendly gadget …the household robot!!!!