Intelligence Quotidian

It’s something that was the dream of science fiction writers even before the dawn of computing, the concept that human beings could invent machines that would mimic or even surpass our intelligence and become part of our daily lives, the quotidian. To many, this still seems a far-fetched notion, but look around: artificial intelligence is […]

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5G or not 5G – Why is there a question?

As the old saying goes, a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth has got its boots on. Of course, that saying was coined in a less enlightened age; with the advent of the Internet and superfast mobile communications, a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth has even […]

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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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