The UK's tech sector has seen remarkable growth in recent years - in fact according to Tech Nation 2016, the industry now accounts for 1.56 million jobs nationwide. And the startup sector is particularly strong, with a 92% increase in tech companies incorporated in London alone over the past three years.
As we start the new year it strikes me that most publishers are stuck on a treadmill, running as fast as they can towards an ill-defined digital nirvana that is consistently beyond their reach, whilst at the same time scrambling to make good on their six or seven figure author advances for new titles
Technology holds the key, with its proven track record of demystifying and simplifying complex industries to the great benefit of consumers. So far technology hasn't really touched on the issue of financial literacy and tech companies need to step up to fill the void left by the traditional advice industry.
Imagine waking up in the morning and being unable to take a step outside, imagine not being able to pop down to your local store or leave the house to visit family and friends. This is reality for those experiencing agoraphobia. The mere thought of leaving an individual's 'safe space' can result in a full blown panic attack.
For each episode of the series, I try to go out on the field and talk to everyday citizens about their most pressing questions to do with the topic we're covering. In this case, a significant amount of people wanted to know if machines could behave ethically, think independently and critically, be used ethically.
Politicians cannot ignore their voters to this extent and cannot embrace advantages of this. It is the mass unemployment issue that will cause most concern to politician's short-lived careers. Donald Trump cannot promise the Rustbelt States that voted for him that he would bring back jobs from foreign countries and replace these unskilled workers' jobs with machines.
I unfortunately had an episode of SVT and knew that, if I were to call a paramedic I would have to wait for hours and going to a hospital was not an option. Luckily, with my Kardia Mobile, I was able to monitor my heart rhythm, which went as high as 250 beats per minute and lasted over an hour, sending the recordings to my doctor for records and tracking.
The second reason I'm a fan is the many similarities between my motivation for my work and James' motivation for his. James' mum had younger onset dementia, and he gave up his career to care for her. His experiences with his mum have underpinned everything he's put into creating and now running Unforgettable.
Fintech is undoubtedly one of the major growth sectors for Leeds City Region. Indeed, as an existing centre of excellence for both finance (as the UK's second centre for banking, home to over 30 national and international banks) and technology, we are primed and ready to capitalise on the opportunity.