Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Friday Review: Making connections

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 11 May 12

An evening out in telecoms includes monsters, talking cows, Tron, and the power of networks.

This week I had a surreal experience. After a hard day in the office, I found myself in a small, dark room decorated to look like a London Underground train carriage watching a 3-D video presentation from U.K. celebrity Stephen Fry and half a dozen flying Monster Munch. OK, admittedly, the last part isn't strictly true. I misheard. The monsters in question turned out not to be the corn-based character snacks I remember fondly from the 1980s, but rather Moshi Monsters, virtual pets from a social network designed for children under the age of 12. According to Fry, the monsters are valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, so you'd think I would have heard of them…

This week I had a surreal experience. After a hard day in the office, I found myself in a small, dark room decorated to look like a London Underground train carriage watching a 3-D video presentation from U.K. celebrity Stephen Fry and half a dozen flying Monster Munch. OK, admittedly, the last part isn't strictly true. I misheard. The monsters in question turned out not to be the corn-based character snacks I remember fondly from the 1980s, but rather Moshi Monsters, virtual pets from a social network designed for children under the age of 12. According to Fry, the monsters are valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, so you'd think I would have heard of them…

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