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explain yourself machine
By Joe Smallman: Thursday 10th August, 2017

Explain yourself machine

According to Stephen Hawking, artificial intelligence will be “either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity”. The recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence are largely due to developments in machine learning. However, one of the key challenges of machine learning is that when ‘the machine’ gets it wrong, it is very hard […]

Vlog - AJ bureaucracy
By AJ Van Bochoven: Monday 26th June, 2017

Vlog: Innovation process – yin and yang?

Three factors guide successful innovation: feasibility, desirability and viability. Fail to consider all three and you may be likely to fail. On the face of it, it may seem that innovation and process do not sit well together. However, a well-managed process will actually improve innovation. AJ van Bochoven, Head of Strategic Innovation, discusses how […]

Rural Solar Power
By Niloy Choudhury: Thursday 15th June, 2017

Humans are coming: how distributed energy production is changing the world

The price of solar modules is dropping fast. From 2006 to 2014 the price of solar modules has dropped from $3.25 to $0.72 per watt and continues to drop further. In some parts of the world energy from solar is competitive with conventional sources of energy production even without government subsidies. But if we consider […]

Vlog - biomimicry
By Isobel Ashbey: Tuesday 13th June, 2017

Vlog: Biomimicry – learning from nature

Biomimicry – imitating nature to solve engineering problems. From cockleburs and termite mounds to lotus leaves and bats’ wings, nature has been evolving solutions to the world’s problems for billions of years. Isobel Ashbey, a Physicist in our Applied Science Group, discusses how recent advances in imaging and analytical techniques empower us to move beyond […]

Vlog - smart cities
By Tim Winchcomb: Wednesday 7th June, 2017

Vlog: Smart cities – delivering the benefits

Smart city technology is emerging rapidly and promises to change our lives for the better: increased connectivity and more intelligent data processing will provide more information to inform better decision-making and improve our public sector services. However, significant investment will be required to make these benefits a reality. Tim Winchcomb, Senior Consultant in Technology Strategy, […]

Alfred Newman - taking note
By Alfred Newman: Thursday 25th May, 2017

Taking note – fake or fiver?

Authentication – the art of being able to tell what’s real from what’s fake. With fake news in the press, and old pound coins being replaced, not to mention a new five pound note, it is timely to talk about authenticity. Alfred Newman takes us through the three layers behind an authentication system. From the […]

Attila the Hun
By Mehmet Kaya: Tuesday 23rd May, 2017

What do Attila the Hun and robotics have in common?

“Industrial automation and robots are coming to get your job.” Well, history seems to be repeating itself. When I was reading the reports recently from Oxford Martin School’s program, The Guardian and many other respected sources about automation and robotics related job losses, I couldn’t help remembering Attila the Hun. These reports conclude that around […]

Ford muscle car
By Chris Rosser: Wednesday 10th May, 2017

Science-led innovation: the fast and the furious

“Science is a way of life. Science is a perspective. Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding in a manner that’s precise, predictive and reliable” – Brian Greene It can often be difficult to resolve the contradiction between the rigour and discipline of an engineering design process and the boundless creativity required […]

Circular economy
By Catherine Joce: Thursday 27th April, 2017

The circular economy: why and how?

Having introduced the circular economy in my first blog on this topic and considered the adoption of its thinking by some big names and start-ups, I now consider the why and how of adopting this thinking. Perhaps the question is not why are businesses showing an interest in these schools of thought, but why now? […]

Circular economy
By Catherine Joce: Tuesday 11th April, 2017

Circular economy: corporate buzzword or real opportunity?

Circular economy is the latest buzzword catching the imagination of big businesses such as Google, Unilever, Philips and Nike. A systems thinking approach, circular economy aspires to use resources to their maximum value, keeping them within the economy indefinitely, preferably as whole products rather than materials, and aiming to ‘design out’ waste from the system. […]