Friday, March 25, 2005

 

Aichi Expo: Techno-Corporate Wet Dream

I hate to sound too critical, because many of the exhibitors and visitors to the Aichi Expo are no doubt sincere people. And the “nature’s wisdom” theme certainly is attractive. But take a gander at the expo website and tell me you don’t notice something wrong.

Advanced technologies include the “Intelligent Multimode Transit System,” robots, a number of high-tech theaters including a “Laser Dream Theater,” and a maglev train. The “lifestyle of the future” offers “biomass tableware” (made of biodegradable resin so you can just throw it away — no more washing dishes!), a bio-lung, a hybrid communicator (a cross between a cell phone and personal computer), and what have you. Makes you want to jump right into the future.

Of course you’ll want to visit the Corporate Pavilion Zone and marvel at the gadgets and displays. I won’t go into the glitzy details, so look for yourself.

How are you going to get there? Travel just gets more and more convenient, and this exposition is no exception thanks to Chubu Centrair International Airport, which just opened recently.

So, what’s wrong with this picture? You guessed it: Where are they going to get the energy for this wonderful technological (and supposedly eco-friendly) future? Even if we are efficient, will there be enough resources and energy to allow the whole world to live this way?

I don’t want to be critical of the expo in particular, but it’s a handy example of how we are fooling ourselves into thinking that the party can not only go on forever, but get even bigger and better.



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