living in the future

12/13/06 at 6:32 am | Posted in INQUIRER.net, Tech | Leave a comment

Here’s an excerpt from my latest INQ7.net Infotech column piece:

SINGAPORE reminds me a lot of Terminus and the Foundation, I told one of my fellow delegates at X|Media|Lab Singapore during the cocktails to celebrate the last day of the digital workshop. He was a professor who had moved from the United Kingdom over a decade ago to find greener pastures in the Lion City, and he smiled at the geeky reference to Isaac Asimov’s classic science fiction masterpiece.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see a space ship land here,” he quipped, pointing out how futuristic the National Library was. The party was being held at The Pod, which is on the top floor of the 16-storey new National Library building that opened last year to replace the old one in Stamford Road. You can’t access The Pod, which is not open to the public but rather used for special functions and events, via the regular elevators. Instead, you need to make your way to the special elevator, where you will be greeted by someone with an access card that will allow you to board and be transported to the top floor, where a breathtaking panoramic view of Singapore and even nearby countries like Malaysia and Indonesia awaits you.

Read the rest of the column. By the way, my previous column piece “From next-gen to now-gen” was the seventh most-read column overall on INQ7.net for the week Nov. 26 to Dec. 2.

It never fails to amaze me when a column piece of mine manages to barge into the Top 10 dominated by Dolly Anne Carvajal’s Dollywood, Vic Agustin’s Cocktales and Mon Tulfo’s On Target, so thanks to everyone for supporting @Play and INQ7’s Infotech section.

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