In Spike Jonze’s avant-garde film “Her,” a romantic dramatic comedy, based on the life of a lonesome writer – portrayed by the prolific Joaquin Phoenix – who falls in love and starts dating his newly purchased operating system, digital matters of the heart are as genuine and sensual as the ‘real thing.’
In a study conducted by marketing agency Tecmark, 2,000 smartphone owners revealed that the average user – or perhaps addict – reaches for their smartphone more than 1,500 times each week, to make phone calls, check personal emails, messages, Facebook and whatnot.
And get this, when participants in a US study published in the journal Science were locked in a room by themselves for no more than 15 minutes, experimenters found that volunteers – men in particular – would rather administer mild electrical shocks to themselves than sit alone with their thoughts.
So, if the digital age of technological advancement and instant gratification has taught us anything, it is surely that we would rather do anything – and in this particular case, inflict pain on ourselves – than do nothing at all; a sign, surely, that now, more than ever, we need hi-tech tools, as much as we need food, water and air. Talk about a serious shift in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
So where are we heading? We are indeed at the cusp of a digital revolution, en route towards a new dawn that will have a great impact on our personal and working selves. On page 22 in what we’ve labelled our ultimate smart home guide, Yasmin Harake, our resident junior editor, explores the various ways by which our homes will ‘Get Smart.’
When it comes to 3D printing, laser cutting and computer-programmed CNC milling expertise, Sandra Macaron is undoubtedly the connoisseur of such fancy ‘things’ in town. Read our exclusive interview with her on page 50.
For a little something extra, don’t forget to check out our edits of all things smart and techie – from our spotlight item and moodboard to the best selection of style, beauty and grooming items – throughout the magazine.