Moving Zwiftly on…

Exercise in lockdown has become one of the major talking points of the whole pandemic: what’s allowed, how long, how far, with whom… there has been much uncertainty, but the one certainty is that without some form of exercise many of us are going to have trouble squeezing back out of the door when life […]

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Computers thinking like us?

From the earliest days of computing, it has been both a dream and a science-fiction nightmare to create computers that are capable of thinking like human beings. Generally, people would put such possibilities – now fast becoming realities – into the category of Artificial Intelligence, but in fact there is a new kid on the […]

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No Escape from Reality

If Freddy Mercury were writing that song today, he might have to revise his lyrics, as the ingenuity of new technology has created alternative versions of reality in which we can immerse ourselves. Anyone who has grown up in the digital age will be familiar with the long-held fantasy that we will simply be able […]

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Back on the (Block)chain Gang

You will doubtless have heard of the Blockchain, one of the hottest new developments in computing, and the technology behind the extraordinary success of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum etc. You may not, however, have a clear idea of how it works as it appears to comprise a bafflingly complex collection of technologies, algorithms, etc. […]

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Optimizing your Home Working environment

The Covid-19 global pandemic has shattered many certainties, routines and institutions, and it remains to be seen how they will be rebuilt, if and when we return to some form of normality (if “normality” will have any meaning in the post-pandemic world). One thing that has been drastically affected is the world of work, and […]

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Big Data, Big Challenges, Big Opportunities

Big data has been a big buzzword in technological circles for the last decade or so, but many people have a limited awareness of what it actually means and how it can be used. Clearly, intuitively, big data means a lot of data. And it does. Around the turn-of-the-century the VVV definition of big data […]

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Making sure technology doesn’t cost the earth

Just as with its predecessors, the agricultural and industrial revolutions, the digital revolution is simultaneously bringing enormous benefits to humanity whilst threatening the planetary environment on which we rely for survival. It’s unthinkable that humanity could return to its pre-digital roots, but it has become a matter of the utmost urgency that we find ways […]

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The Fourth Revolution

When we think of the Industrial Revolution, we tend to think of the start of the 19th century and worthy gentlemen wearing stovepipe hats and mutton chop whiskers standing looking serious next to steam engines. We know it had a lot to do with the way our world is now, but it’s all a very […]

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Pulling 5g!

So, there’s a new standard for mobile networks, and doubtless most people are looking forward to this with the eager anticipation normally only reserved for Christmas and cup finals. No? That’s understandable, we’re all pretty blasé about the way technology develops these days; we started with analog 1G in 1979 and periodically since then we’ve […]

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Can (The Internet of) Things only get better?

The Internet of Things (IoT). It’s not the most inspiring nomenclature for a digital revolution, is it? Presumably the Internet of Stuff or the Internet of Bits and Pieces were already taken? However, there’s a lot more to the IoT than a clumsy name, in fact it essentially represents the most startling and influential impact […]

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