Sinister back stories, intimidating outfits and, of course, innovative and intriguing weapons - it's no wonder that popular fascination with supervillains is at an all-time high. No longer just confined to the pages of comic books - now the likes of The Joker, Loki and the Green Goblin appear in video games, Hollywood blockbusters, hit TV shows - and yes, ok - bath soap.
London Fashion Week AW16 is only just kicking off and already we have witnessed some historic transformations. As technology and social media have become increasingly prominent parts of our daily lives, the way in which we interact with brands is changing and the fashion industry is being compelled to respond.
All of this innovation will need to be catalysed, honed, and hosted somewhere, i.e. spaces, buildings, cities. The actual infrastructure of innovation is something that rarely is mentioned, we know that innovation needs ideas, visionaries, tools, money etc, however it also has takes a physical embodiment.
I'm a senior software engineer. I've been doing this job now for sixteen years. Most of the time when I'm at work, I'm not thinking about the gender of myself or my colleagues. I don't think "Ugh! It's a man!" every time I sit down next to one of them. I also don't think "Ooooh! A man!" I don't even think, "Hmmm, another one of those man-people."
The jobs are there; businesses are desperate to attract more talent. But we're already suffering a severe skills shortage in the region, which has seen wages inflate, people take lucrative contracts rather than permanent work, and some businesses in the region being forced to outsource work, sometimes overseas.
My predictions regarding computer Go, the oriental game played on a 19x19 board, have been fewer and not as successful as those in chess. I correctly predicted that no Go program would win a match against a professional player by 1994, and since then I've been saying to anyone who would listen that that it would take until 2035 or thereabouts to reach World Champion level in Go. Why so long?