Cars are learning to drive themselves, scientists are planning a trip to Mars, and reality as we know it is becoming more and more virtual by the day. Technology is also shifting culture, but there are still traditional values that Playa Vistans continue to hold dear.
Putting this issue together, I learned that a strong sense of family and the need to protect our children from danger is of paramount importance in this community. At the Silicon Beach Parents Group PlayDay, I spoke with content creator and local mom Gabrielle D’Addario about why she became a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. In addition to ensuring she was using her own children’s car seats correctly, her motivation was to help educate the whole Playa Vista community about car seat safety.
I also discovered that the seemingly old-fashioned American dream is alive and well in Playa Vista. Actress and model Jewell Farshad immigrated to L.A. from Iran in search of a career and gender equality. After making a splash on the pageant circuit, she is well on her way to achieving her dream.
Putting money away for safekeeping has long been a winning financial strategy, and continues to be. For some, however, brick-and-mortar banks are so 20th century. Cryptocurrency expert Dave Levine shared his knowledge of the growing trend of digitizing assets, telling our reporter Robyn Paris, “It’s just a better way to hold money.”
Local resident Raj Singh is changing the hotel industry with Ivy, an artificial intelligence concierge that remembers your preferences from stay-to-stay and interacts with you in that comforting, “warm and friendly” way to help you feel more at home when you’re traveling. Ivy’s not a real person, of course, but she’s built with humanness in mind.
While technology is changing by the nanosecond, it’s good to know the residents and innovators of Playa Vista are holding onto their values, like putting family and human connections first. After all, there isn’t an app for that.
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