Get ready for Singularity: it’s closer to reality than we think

Hooked to a computer, your brain will be able to answer a question before you even knew to ask it I HAVE spent a lot of the past week checking out Ray Kurzweil’s world after reading Carole Cadwalladr’s interview with him in The Observer. It is a pretty eye-opening experience. Google’s new director of engineering estimates that computers Read more about Get ready for Singularity: it’s closer to reality than we think[…]

Rainbow Loom: the craze that makes the internet look good

The rubber-band bracelet craze: ‘somehow digital feels better when it produces something real’ I was delighted to see the Duchess of Cornwall wearing a Rainbow Loom bracelet on her Canadian tour (pictured below). Since Camilla is the grandmother of a seven-year-old girl, my suspicions are that this was a present from her. As the owner Read more about Rainbow Loom: the craze that makes the internet look good[…]

Google Cardboard: tech giant staffers think outside the box

Blurring the distinction between the real and virtual worlds: Google takes another step down the road One of the things I’ve admired most about Google as an employer is its 20 per cent rule: it allows and encourages its employees to spend 20 per cent of their time on projects that don’t align with their Read more about Google Cardboard: tech giant staffers think outside the box[…]

Virtual doctors: easier to talk to than the real thing

At USC’s Institute of Creative Technologies in LA, the future is here – and it’s virtual After writing about Google Cardboard and its predecessor – a device made by the University of Southern California’s Institute of Creative Technologies – last week, I realised I had a layover of several hours in Los Angeles. Seeing as the Institute lies Read more about Virtual doctors: easier to talk to than the real thing[…]

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My 2016 Hub Culture interview with Tony Blair, Former UK Prime Minister

Excerpts from the interview, conducted in the Hub Culture Ice House in Davos 2016. “We still have challenges of migration. The source of it, and particularly the crisis in Syria are with us, they don't stop at Europe's borders.  I think what worries people about migration is the pure numbers of people and this is Read more about My 2016 Hub Culture interview with Tony Blair, Former UK Prime Minister[…]

Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate, “one limitation of charity is that money goes towards wonderful work but it doesn’t come back”

It was an honour and a delight to interview Professor Muhammad Yunus in the Ice House in Davos in 2016. A few of his more memorable quotations: "The private sector is critical to achieving the 17 sustainable development goals.  If you keep the forces that created the problems (poverty, hunger, ill health, climate change) the same Read more about Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate, “one limitation of charity is that money goes towards wonderful work but it doesn’t come back”[…]

A 3D printer for every school would encourage innovation

THE WEEK – JUNE 2014 Launch of a $500 printer from California boosts UK campaign to get schoolchildren making things After last month’s dismal news from Santa Barbara, it was heartening to see something a great deal more inspiring come out of the Southern California city. Start-up company Mission St. Manufacturing announced they were raising Read more about A 3D printer for every school would encourage innovation[…]

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What Las Vegas can teach us about backing entrepreneurs

THE WEEK – MAY 2014 Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project encourages people to take the leap: it’s just what Britain needs   BRITAIN must cut taxes and red tape to produce more entrepreneurs, screamed the headline in the Daily Telegraph this week.  The Centre for Policy Studies found that Britain lags behind Hong Kong, the US, Australia, Israel, Read more about What Las Vegas can teach us about backing entrepreneurs[…]

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Staggering school holidays will hurt working parents

THE WEEK – MAY 2014 #Staggered: join my campaign to keep school holidays unified – David Cameron is wrong   I AM TRYING to “lean in” as much as I can. But if schools stagger their holidays and stretch the breaks throughout the year, as the Prime Minister and the National Association of Head Teachers Read more about Staggering school holidays will hurt working parents[…]