WELCOME BACK Readers!
With the vast array of new technology in the digital era, it’s sometimes difficult to keep track of all the latest and greatest on our devices. There are apps for everything from finding your lost keys to finding a suitable date on Friday night. I am old enough to remember handwritten letters, rotary phones, fax machines and vinyl records; and there is a nostalgic stylistic return to that in much of the youth culture. However, our daily consumption of information, goods and devices is so beyond what we could have ever dreamed of even two decades ago. So where does that all leave us? Everything moves faster, responds ‘smarter,’ operates cleaner; giving humans the time and opening opportunities for what? In this issue, we discuss technology with a popular expat tech entrepreneur, Rob Davies, and his new company Appsolute Digital. We also examine what ancient technologies were used in the creation of some of Indonesia’s most enchanting temples in a piece by Ani Suswantoro. Kenneth Yeung explores the world of online virgin auctions and the seedy side of politics in Indonesia. Caranissa Djatmiko explores how technology has affected Indonesian Millennials in Indonesia in two thought-provoking pieces. Finally, if you’re all ‘tech- ed’ out and need some advice on where to go for dinner next, our Clandestine Critic goes undercover once again to popular eatery, Pokenbir.
Until next time, Edo Frese