There are two new faces at Matmi these days, with Lawrence and Derek joining the team, and they’re busy having a lunchtime debate on the future of technology.
Lawrence is a designer, moving back up to his native north west after a few years in London. With a background in animation and corporate video production, he’s already got stuck into a number of Matmi projects.
Meanwhile, developer Derek isn’t completely brand new here, having worked at Matmi a number of years ago when he was focussed on small business networks and computer systems. Since then his skills have diversified, with a growing interest in programming which saw him first work on data and infrastructure projects before allowing his creative streak to lead him into console games with PlayStation.
The debate about the creativity of robots 10 years from now has diversified into the way that technology has already changed things. While Lawrence reckons that the Smartphone has altered the way we live, work and play, Derek muses that we’d still be dealing with room sized calculators if it wasn’t for the humble transistor.
They each have different roles and responsibilities at Matmi, but both cite creativity as being at the heart of what makes their work interesting to them. Similarly, they agree that while creative robots might come about one day, they’re both safe in their work for at least another 10 years.
As a business, Matmi has evolved over the years, but a passion for finding exciting and innovative ways to communicate ideas and provoke thought has always been at our core. Both Lawrence and Derek’s working life is at least in part an extension of their personal interests in emerging technology, making them a great fit for the team, and for the exciting projects we are working on.