Apple and the Birth of Ambient Intelligence

Apple and the Birth of Ambient Intelligence

A few snippets of news that are worth your attention this week… The unveiling of the A12 bionic chipset in the new XS iPhones and the sensor behind the electrocardiogram in the new Watch were for us the real news at last week’s event. 1. The A12 can run 5...
A Chronic Shortage of Bandwidth

A Chronic Shortage of Bandwidth

Remember the dial-up internet and the finger tapping timpani it yielded? Well, maybe a new era of the ‘world wide wait’ looms. Global internet traffic is growing by at least 25% a year — far outstripping the current growth in bandwidth with mobile traffic growing at...
That Voice in Your Head

That Voice in Your Head

An experiment. Hold out your right arm and then slowly flex your wrist. Which comes first – the thought to flex your wrist, or the action itself? In the 1980s, an experiment by the neurologist Benjamin Libet raised some disturbing questions about the extent to which...
Is Facebook a Sin Stock?

Is Facebook a Sin Stock?

Those who want to strictly regulate Facebook or indeed Google or Amazon are baying at the moon. Take the example of Facebook. Yesterday we had the spectacle of Zuckerberg donning sackcloth and ashes before Congress. But this Facebook scandal will be a nine day...
Shenzhen: the next Silicon Valley

Shenzhen: the next Silicon Valley

In 1986, Toshiba manufactured the first laptop computer in a bid to satisfy Japanese consumers’ needs for space and convenience. It was largely the work of an engineer, Tetsuya Mizoguchi, working on his own steam at the company’s Ome factory, 25 miles outside Tokyo....