HTML5 has been the next best thing for the past 3 years, and will keep being the next best web standard until it’s fully developed & integrated by all web browser developers (ejem M$ ejem), until developers truly understand the potential of webapps and the ecosystem truly flourishes (although with OS maker’s opposition and device manufacturer’s challenges it’s nowhere near).
In the meanwhile Google, Mozilla & co can keep demonstrating the wonders of 3D graphics, Canvas, multimedia management and performance as much as they can. It is needed though. One of those masters of joining art + technology is Alexander Chen, a creative from Google Labs (and not the Chinese master of hyper realism…).
You could think of him as a “technologist” (which is so used these days) although he is more like a musician with a passion for web technology. Since recording his first album back in 2004 he hasn’t stopped creating and probably you may remember his “Conductor” NY-subway work which became so popular earlier on this year…