I was recently musing with a good friend I work with about some of the stranger implications of printing food, which led us to talk about how it might impact vegetarians or religious groups who have strict dietary laws like Halal and Kosher.
The digital inclusion conversation isn't limited to emerging markets, says Cairns; there are 90 million people in Europe who don't have a bank account or any digital means of payment, rendering travel by train or plane virtually impossible.
The fashion industry flourishes on creativity, innovation, beauty and glamour. It is also an industry addicted to speed. New ranges hit the high street at ever increasing rates meeting a huge consumer demand for the latest trends.
Inventor and entrepreneur Saif Siddiqui is the brains and founder of The ISHU - a new fashion brand, whose first product is a scarf that allows the wearer to disrupt flash photography. It's also about to appear on the shelves of Harrods.
Innovation is too often used to mean 'new'. So many of the latest products are now called innovative, when actually, they are incremental upgrades. Innovation can, I admit, operate incrementally, but innovation in its true sense comes when an invention is transformed through design and radical user insights into a fully fledged new product or service.
Sounds obvious, but the Digital Out of Home (DOOH) advertising medium is no longer just about digital "posters". Whilst moving image has had a profound effect on outdoor media in terms of visibility and impact, digitisation has also brought with it a new agility, transforming a traditional paper and paste offering into a connected, reactive, live and interactive platform - this is where it gets interesting.
We've all heard the story about the tortoise and the hare. How against the odds the tortoise beats the hare in a race. You have to hand it to the tor...
Increasingly it seems there's nothing we can't do on our mobile phones - now we're even paying for goods with them - and just when all options look exhausted, release date rumours for the new iPhone 7 come creeping out of the woodwork.
But the creative sector MUST take more responsibility ITSELF for investing in the small, innovative businesses that make the UK's global offer so compelling. One of the ways it can do this is if big businesses, like the Apples of this world, can have a meaningful engagement with the small businesses that are the R&D labs of future services and products.
The latest version of the iPhone - the 7 - is due out this year. However, the excitement that greeted the launch of a new Windows operating system is now lost in the mists of history; that's the nature of technology these days.