UK Technology

How Autonomous Driving Tech Will Make Your Devices Smarter

Laszlo Kishonti | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Tech
Laszlo Kishonti

This new breed of chips will be a lot more power-efficient than their existing counterparts, and they will allow devices to take deep learning to the next level. So if you have a bad day for example, Microsoft Cortana will know just what to say, will play the right music to cheer you up and maybe even order you that pint of Ben and Jerry's!

What Is Artificial Intelligence, Really?

Vishal Chatrath | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Tech
Vishal Chatrath

In popular media, "Artificial Intelligence" is by turns godlike, monstrous, uncannily human and a hoax; it inspires both awe and deep suspicion - it's unnatural.

Home Is Where The Smart Is...

James Dearsley | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Tech
James Dearsley

With so much out there, and so many devices, what can you actually do to start making your home smarter? Which devices are actually useful and which are overcomplicated or faddy? To try and help, here are five easy ways to start building your smart home:

Using IT In Asthma

Dr Andy Whittamore | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Andy Whittamore

Asthma as a condition doesn't fit well into recent models of care provision. GPs routinely invite people with asthma for an annual review at a time that's convenient for the NHS but is rarely in line with the needs or wants of the patient. These reviews are often centered on targets which bear little relevance to patient outcomes.

The Truth About Limiting Our Children's Screen Time

Barbara Brenninkmeijer | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Parents
Barbara Brenninkmeijer

I went out for lunch with the kids last weekend. On the table next to us were a group of children, young adolescents and four adults. There must have been eleven of them in total, out for what I think was a family lunch. At one point, ALL of them were on a device. Their conversations were largely based on what they were looking at on each other's screens.

Human-Like Sex Robots Are Going To Become The Norm In The Next 10 Years

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Tech

Sex robots will bring about a revolution in the sex-tech market in the next 10 years say experts, but their rapid growth sheds light on some awkward c...

Phone V Kids: Am I Damaging My Children?

Josie Cornhill | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Parents
Josie Cornhill

I'm not always working when I'm on my phone. Sometimes I'm researching how to help one of the children with a particular problem. Very noble but it could usually wait till they're in bed. Sometimes I'm just having a scroll through Facebook or chatting with a friend. The truth is my phone really helped me when the children were young and I felt isolated. That's probably why I've avoided thinking about how much I use it for so long.

Parents Are Key To Getting More Girls In IT

Ellie Bradley | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Bradley

While the wider societal challenges of gender stereotyping will take some time to change, parents can start the process in the home - and there are many resources to help introduce girls to STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) topics and support their interest.

Who Is Blaming Whom?

Adrian Griffiths | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK
Adrian Griffiths

Whichever way you look at it, "widely recycled" cannot categorically be dissociated with plastic in the ocean! It's within our ability to do something about this. We could keep the economic value of this material at home, create the jobs to recycle it where it has been used and, in the process, gain certainty that our material is not exacerbating the plastic ocean situation.

Plastics Aren't Wrecking The Environment - People Are

Quora | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Tech

The problem is that each of these purposes have a very limited time frame, and when that purpose is served, we just throw out that packaging, just as we throw away our plastic shopping bags. People are not going to collectively choose to do things in a way that is more difficult and inconvenient in order to stave off a problem that is hidden and distant.

The Psychology Of Trump's Tweets: Signals From A Distressed Man

Dr Aaron Balick | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Aaron Balick

Another tweet, another firestorm. Clearly it's not normal, and even more clearly, this behaviour is not suited to the office of the president. But can Trump's tweets be a window into his soul - or more accurately, his psyche?

Literary Mapping In Digital Space

Professor Sally Bushell | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Tech
Professor Sally Bushell

Can you imagine being able to walk along the actual streets of Fagin's London or retrace Heathcliff's journey across the moors? What would it be like to explore Treasure Island alongside Jim Hawkins? A successful grant bid to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) allows the possibility of experiencing literary space and place in interactive ways that have never existed before.

The Rise Of Smart Farming

Mohsen Mohseninia | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Tech
Mohsen Mohseninia

Today, we use sensors to monitor cattle, which means that a farmer can make informed decisions on how to manage his livestock based on real-time data, and he can do that remotely without having to be physically in the field. Therefore, the time saved by avoiding manual monitoring can be used elsewhere to make the farm more efficient.

A Driverless Van Could Soon Be Delivering Your Weekly Shop

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Tech

The weekly shop will never be the same again. Imagine ordering through your app, paying using the fingerprint sensor on your phone and then the next d...

David Cameron Is Basically Living His Best Life On Social Media Now He's Not PM

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK

When David Cameron handed over the keys to 10 Downing Street in June 2016, he may well have breathed a sigh of relief (particularly given the bumpy ri...

Labour Demands To Know Results Of Fire Safety Tests On Schools and Hospitals

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Politics

Labour is demanding to know how many schools, hospitals and other buildings have been assessed for fire safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze...

Could The Technology Of The Future Give Us Super Powers?

Matthew Dickinson | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Tech
Matthew Dickinson

The idea of exoskeletons seems inextricably linked to the fictional world, but in recent years, engineers and inventors have also begun to use exoskeletons not just to take off, but to keep people in the military safe, to aid muscle therapy, and even help people to walk again.

Artificial Intelligence - To Fear Or Not To Fear, That Is The Question?

Colin Bull | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Tech
Colin Bull

The world around us is becoming increasingly automated, with many of us leaning on digital assistants such as Cortana, Echo and Siri to run our lives. Before too long it is highly likely that our cars will be driverless, fridges will restock automatically and our homes will heat themselves.

C4 News Anchor Berates Minister For Refusing To Say Grenfell Fire Exposed 'Failure'

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK

Channel 4 News’ Krishnan Guru-Murthy has berated the ex-fire minister, live on air, after he refused to agree that the Grenfell Tower fire exposed a...

What Can History Teach Us About The Implementation Of AI, Automation And Other Job Reducing Technologies?

Jasnoop Cheema | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Tech
Jasnoop Cheema

The term 'luddite' originally referred to those who opposed the job losses brought on by the Industrial Revolution.  So, are those that oppose the th...

Social Media And Mobile Tech: It Gets In Your Head

Dr Aaron Balick | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Aaron Balick

Answer me this. Can you get through this entire article without checking your phone? Try it and see how far you get. At average reading speed it will take about five minutes. Can you go five minutes without checking your email, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. If not, you need to seriously ask yourself if your attachment to your social media is messing with your head and your relationships.

Battle Of The Social Media Platforms - Instagram V Snapchat

Mike Bandar | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Tech
Mike Bandar

In the summer of 2016, you likely opened Instagram to quite a surprise: colourful bubbles, full-screen videos, stickers galore...all of it vanishing a...

Can Wikitribune Solve The 'Fake News' Epidemic? Helping Media Organisations Regain Audience Trust

Chris Lawrence | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Chris Lawrence

Was Napoleon short? Did a World War Two bomber land on the moon? Whether deliberate propaganda or innocent fun, 'fake news' has been around for some t...

Automation, Artificial Intelligence And The Human

John Purrier | Posted 18.06.2017 | UK Tech
John Purrier

Automation has already far exceeded the physical capabilities of humans and now artificial intelligence is on the brink of surpassing our mental capacity. Combining the two may be playing with fire, but could the correct application lead to untold benefits?

Without Fibre, Innovation Will Come To A Grinding Halt

Conal Henry | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Tech
Conal Henry

Technology certainly drives the imagination. A friend of mine has been talking about buying up rural pubs, in Ireland, convinced that driverless cars will lead a major change in drinking habits as people socialise out-of-town again. It may happen, but then again this is a revolution that could veer off in an entirely different direction.