Reinventing society

  Veteran management guru Charles Handy has been thinking about curves. He told a packed session at the RSA today that everything moves through curves which go up before declining.  The tricky thing is that “you have to start the second curve before you reach the top of the one you are on.” As he puts […]

How to build a company

I spotted ReWork on my bookshelf yesterday and it reminded me how much I had enjoyed reading this thought-provoking account of 37 Signals’ business philosophy. That inspired me to see if I could find Jason Fried, the founder, talking about his approach and I found it here. Here are some of the main points: Don’t lose control […]

Old and new automative – a re-run of old and new media?

The battle between electric cars and traditional cars will follow the same lines as the battle between new and old media – here’s how. The first reaction of old media to the arrival of the internet was to dismiss it as irrelevant. Then, as the internet became more accepted traditional media companies dabbled, setting up […]

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 […]