Archive for the ‘Tinkerers’ Category
If you think about it, a large part of a taxi drivers’ income depends on information. Where are the potential customers? Where is the address they want to be dropped off at? What is the best route to drive there? Where are the traffic jams and how to avoid them? Nowhere else have I seen cabbies embrace technology to access this information as enthusiastically as in Hong Kong.
Akihabara, Tokyo’s electronics district, is the stuff of geek legend. For decades, this area has been a magnet for a clientel obsessed with electronics, comics and adult video stores. When I first visited in the mid 90’s, it was as if I walked onto the set of some crazy sci-fi movie. The component market under the tracks of the Chūō-Sōbu Line fascinated me to no end. At the time, it seemed chaotic and underground, an enticing view of the future of some different past.