Smart Dinner: Artificial Intelligence. When will the robots take over?
Sep28

Smart Dinner: Artificial Intelligence. When will the robots take over?

Originally published on EatofftheMenu Smart Dinner Meetup group Not a day goes by when a world ruled by artificially intelligent machines is posed as a very real and dangerous possibility. Futurologists, scientists, engineers to even artists love to point out that most areas of life are under threat from machines, automation and their algorithms that can process data, recognise patterns (including faces) and correlate trends far...

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Goodbye Governance, We Don’t Need You Any More
Aug13

Goodbye Governance, We Don’t Need You Any More

When it comes to managing your digital workplace, the worst word you can use is “governance.” Wait: before you snap your pencil in half or close this article, let me explain. An Argument for Less Management The word governance speaks of the past, of a time and a way of thinking that is replete with boardroom politics, stuffy decision making, and codifying rules, guidelines, regulations and compliance. I’m not naive....

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Artificial intelligence: Do not fear the robot revolution
Feb14

Artificial intelligence: Do not fear the robot revolution

Originally published in International Business Times.

Humans, broadcast earlier this year, became UK broadcaster Channel 4’s most popular drama series of all time. It followed a group of highly intelligent ‘Synths’ (androids) who live with, and form relationships with their human family owners.

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The Future of Health: Ethics and Privacy

Originally published on Cheltenham Science Festival Cheltenham Science Festival 2015 Internet of Things technologies – fitness wristbands and smart watches – are moving health from the hospital to the home. But if your watch, thermostat and games console could manage your well-being, how would you feel about being constantly monitored? Engineer Ian Craddock and social scientist Madeleine Murtagh delve into the technology and the...

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Hacking the Internet of Things

Originally published on Cheltenham Science Festival Cheltenham Science Festival 2015 If it’s connected to the internet, it’s vulnerable to cyberattacks. If that’s your computer, you probably have defences in place – but what about if it’s your fridge? Or TV, or even your children’s toys? The Internet of Things allows a revolutionary way of life, but security is lagging behind. Adrian McEwen with cybersecurity experts Sadie...

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Big Data: Big Boon or Big Brother?

Originally published by Dublin Salon. Big data is big news. Information about our every activity is routinely stored, shared and pored over by major companies and government agencies alike. Whether to predict our next purchase or our next illness, it seems the capture of our personal details on a massive scale is fast becoming something unremarkable. Indeed the perceived benefits of this process are often stressed – the vast...

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The robots are coming: friends or foes?

Will the ‘second machine age’ bring forth a new era of potential liberation from menial toil or will the short-term costs for low-paid workers outstrip the benefits? Does the contemporary debate simply reflecting some of the costs involved in technological progress, or is it evading some of the underlying economic and social issues? Has the march of the robots, which has been declared numerous times before, been greatly exaggerated?

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Engineers, be bold – Britain needs grander designs

Co-authored with Paul Reeves. Last week the Royal Academy of Engineering published a report Jobs and growth: the importance of engineering skills to the UK economy that claimed “engineers underpin the economy” but concluded with the gloomy news that they are in short supply and that the UK does not produce enough of them to make a difference. To help make a difference, James Dyson, arguably the UK’s most high profile...

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Making it in the 21st Century

The strand consists of five separate debates: Manufacturing: the great comeback?, Gas galore?, Fracking and the future of energy, Engineering design or design engineering?, Is water too cheap?, Commons people: music in a digital...

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Battle over the Internet
Aug29

Battle over the Internet

Introduction It's hard for most of us to imagine life without the Internet, even though it's actually quite a recent development. Although not originally envisioned as the ubiquitous entity it now is, its elegant design of distributed command and control means that its management and future have always been contested and to a large extent, in our own creative hands. Whilst many of the early wrangles through organisations like...

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Apple v Samsung: innovation’s the loser

As a result, Samsung’s share price has dropped more than seven per cent. While Samsung remains the world’s largest mobile-phone and smartphone manufacturer, with an operating profit in the second quarter of this year of $5.86 billion, its reputation and future commercial prospects have been significantly dented. There is another important aspect to the court ruling. Samsung is the leading producer of smartphones that run on Google’s...

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