Making homes smart

Genevieve Bell, anthropologist and top researcher at Intel, was star turn at a fascinating seminar run by the iSociety research group at the Work Foundation. The topic was ‘the smart home’. Bell’s current project is aimed at understanding the use of technology in homes across Asia. She understands how deep-rooted religious, social and cultural practices… Continue reading Making homes smart

Cheer up, it might never happen…

Dave Birch, who should know, on the coming collision of wireless networks, GPS and RFID tags in The Guardian. Dave’s pretty level headed about the implications but I’m sure that this has the potential for a major technology panic. As I’ve pointed out here a dozen times before, though, every new technology is born into… Continue reading Cheer up, it might never happen…

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Forget Moore’s Law

Michael Malone, top tech journo, says in The Herring that we should forget Moore’s law. The thesis is that, as the universe of chips expands, more buyers are sticking with older, lower-powered devices because they don’t need the extra power. The industry’s legacy chips – almost all of which are still being manufactured somewhere –… Continue reading Forget Moore’s Law

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Guardian.jpgMicropayments and probability

I could have been kinder to the big brains at Peppercoin I’m sure but someone had to say it. This week’s Guardian column is about the latest brilliant but doomed micropayments scheme to hit the net ? based on an exotic and genuinely innovative probabilistic approach to settlement that promises to make tiny transactions profitable… Continue reading Guardian.jpgMicropayments and probability

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invisible architecture

Should I tell the architects of BBC News Online‘s far-reaching redesign that, far from being confused, put off or even pleased by the redesign, I didn’t notice it at all until it was pointed out to me? I suspect that might actually be a tribute to the designers. Well done!

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Azhar on 3G

Good piece by Azeem Azhar in The Guardian about the mobile operators’ perilous leap into 3G.

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Evolution

My latest Guardian column is up today. It’s about the creeping reabsorption of the net by mainstream society and the end of our fantasies of living in a parallel world by our own rules.

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Air-heads?

Azeem alerts me to Tony Perkins’ latest project. Perkins is an interesting figure: a glamorous member of a Sand Hill Road tech VC dynasty, founder of the Silicon Valley bible The Red Herring (and certainly the most prominent supporter of Steve Forbes for President that I can think of). Always On is in trendy blog… Continue reading Air-heads?

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The Economist keeps the faith

The last time The Economist ran a big survey of the Internet (1996?) I bought dozens of copies and sent them to all my clients and suppliers with a stern letter insisting that they read it cover to cover. The latest is not quite as exciting but strikingly keeps the faith. Many of the scenarios… Continue reading The Economist keeps the faith

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Massive sense of proportion failure

Is it just me or is it completely inappropriate to send a boy whose main crime seems to be a chronic case of adolescent alienation to jail for two years for the undoubtedly mischievous creation of a computer virus?

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