Tag Archives: technobiophilia

How to bring nature into your digital world

Samsung Galaxy S4 desktop wallpaper
Samsung Galaxy S4 desktop wallpaper

I’m starting a collection of ways to bring nature into your personal digital world – stories, tips, and experiments.

The emphasis will be on the practical – what we might do, how we might do it, and which places, materials, apps and designs would help us

Please contact me with your own practical suggestions, tips or stories.  I’d love to hear from you.

Follow the winding path of the collection at my Twitter account @suethomas and via How to bring nature into your digital world.

I’ll also be sharing it at Medium.

And here is the first post: Build the passage of the day into your digital life (and ignore that fake story about the Tiananmen sunrise)

Might kando be an element of technobiophilia?

In today’s Tech Guardian, Samuel Gibbs writes about Sony’s insistence that ‘Nagging fitness trackers are not the future‘. Reporting from CES in Las Vegas, he writes ‘The Japanese tech giant evoked the ‘kando’ concept at CES, describing how technology needs to deliver an emotional as well as functional value’ continuing ‘Sony’s president and chief executive, Kazuo Hirai, said the company was drawing on the Japanese concept of kando – the ability to deliver not just functional but emotional value’. Interesting. I wonder if some of that emotional value can be drawn from nature via biophilia?

The concept of kando is new to me so I googled around. There wasn’t much to find but I did discover an interesting mention on the company philosophy page of Yamaha’s website. Apparently Yamaha’s corporate mission is ‘to create kando’, which it defines as ‘a Japanese word for the simultaneous feelings of deep satisfaction and intense excitement that we experience when we encounter something of exceptional value’.

There must be an element of technobiophilia here. I’ll explore and report back.

Interview about Technobiophilia for the Bloomsbury blog

bloomsburyBloomsbury interviewed me for their blog in the run-up to the UK publication of Technobiophilia next week. Here’s the result. Hope it’s of interest.

Tomorrow and Friday there will be two longer posts about the making of the chapter plates in the book by my sister, Carolyn Black.