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[…]

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[…]

40% of online advertising misses the target: here’s why

THE WEEK – MAY 2014 Make them funny, sexy, cute and illuminating – but what really matters is that they are unpredictable I know I’m not alone in being cross with online advertisements. In fact, since writing articles on Singularity and Virtual Reality I am being stalked by ads for eye-tracking goggles and brain sensors. At least they are Read more about 40% of online advertising misses the target: here’s why[…]

Fly me to the moon: Oculus Rift is just the beginning

THE WEEK – APRIL 2014 Will Zuckerberg keep to his promise to promote virtual reality outside of the world of gamers? THE first thing I did when I heard about Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of the virtual reality goggle maker Oculus Rift was reach for my digital copy of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Read more about Fly me to the moon: Oculus Rift is just the beginning[…]

Could we live 40 years longer? The gene merchants think so

THE WEEK – MARCH 2014 And why not modify our bodies with the gene that enables polar bears to keep warm in winter?   CRAIG VENTER, the scientist who first mapped the human genome in 2007 and created synthetic life in 2010, announced last week the creation of his new company, Human Longevity Inc, with the Read more about Could we live 40 years longer? The gene merchants think so[…]

Anti-social networking – or how secrecy became all the rage

THE WEEK – MARCH 2014 Cloak pulls in public location data to help you avoid people – and it’s just the tip of the iceberg   I ONCE had the misfortune of taking a new crush to my favourite restaurant before I had quite ended things with the fellow I was dating. I was happily Read more about Anti-social networking – or how secrecy became all the rage[…]

The Uberfication of everything: sharing economy is here to stay

THE WEEK – FEBRUARY 2014 What the Uber taxi service, arriving in London from San Francisco, says about the future of commerce   WHAT if everything you owned, but didn’t use all the time, had a value? The sharing economy – supported by mobile phone applications, ratings systems and instant, digital payments – means that Read more about The Uberfication of everything: sharing economy is here to stay[…]