The Apple Watch challenge

The real challenge for those developers currently making their Apple Watch apps is to focus on the only things that matter in the context of the Watch. This seems obvious, but it is much, much harder than it sounds. It will require a really deep understanding of what functions customers value in the iPhone app […]

Electricity self-sufficiency

Now here’s an idea: make it compulsory for all new buildings to be built with enough rooftop solar capacity to make them electricity-neutral throughout the year. At a stroke this would double the rate of growth of rooftop solar. According to Government figures published in January 2014 there were around 500,000 rooftop installations of solar panels in the UK […]

The radical potential of Blockchain

Blockchain, the technology which underpins Bitcoin has the potential to disrupt many large and powerful industries believes Niki Wiles. Speaking to London Futurists in a session in London today Wiles, Lead Data Scientist for the London-based digital media agency, 360i said Blockchain solved some of the biggest problems with today’s centralised services. Big disadvantages with […]

Can robots be moral beings?

In short, we can make robots which display altruistic behaviour but they aren’t moral agents because we create them, says Joanna Bryson from Bath University. And what’s more we should not pretend that they are.  Speaking at a London Futurists session today she said the key difference between robots and children is that, although we […]

Thoughts on The Watch

There are a couple of things that have occurred to me about Apple’s latest new product line. The first is that fashion and rapid technology upgrade cycles don’t really mix. Thinking about the evolution of the iPhone (a product whose significance has been compared to the Apple Watch) each new iteration was thinner, more powerful, and […]

Phases of Photography

I had an interesting day on Monday wandering round the Photography Show in the NEC in Birmingham. The thing that struck me was the scale of the change sweeping through. Firstly, there were only two places where analogue photography was in evidence: on a standing selling “rare and unusual” film stock, and on the disabled […]

Apple’s $10,000 watch

Apple is known for expensive technology. But for the extra money we have always received higher quality, better usability, superlative design. But with the announcement of a $10,000 solid gold watch today, I wonder if they have made a tactical mistake. There is no way to argue that the watch itself (functionality, form, impact) is […]

Ignoring the Elephant

Over the weekend I wrote a post called The Elephant in the Room where I talked about the tendency of journalists to ignore the issue of climate change when reporting energy stories. As if to prove the point Terry Macalister, the energy editor in this morning’s paper managed to write about Lord Browne’s plans to build a […]

The climate change narrative 

Winning the “carbon war” will be more about narratives than policy initiatives. That seemed to be the message of Jeremy Leggett, former Green Peace activist, and academic, current chairman of The Carbon Trust and founder of Solar Century, as he spoke to a meeting of the London Futurists. And key to these narratives are what he […]

The Elephant in the Room

It is great to see Alan Rusbridger driving a major push on Climate Change at The Guardian. Generally the coverage of the issue itself is good on The Guardian. But they suffer from a common problem. When journalists cover energy related subjects – say the trials and tribulations of the North Sea oil industry or […]