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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. […]

AI Artificial intelligence
By Amy King: Monday 13th March, 2017

Artificial Intelligence: robot overlords or a power for social good?

Search for artificial intelligence on the internet and it’s as if you’ve stepped into a sci-fi film. Headlines declaring we should be scared of robots who will not only take our jobs but our freedom as well. Scenarios of AI creations pitted against their human creators, aspiring to ultimately supplant them and rule the Earth. […]

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By Steve Thomas: Thursday 16th February, 2017

“To define is to limit”

It often seems this quote from Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is the mantra of inventors and patent attorneys alike when they write their patents.  It’s understandable.  People want to get the widest possible protection for their inventions and hope to cover things that are outside of their original field.  But, it runs […]

Trevor-Lab
By Trevor Wood: Friday 3rd February, 2017

Big Data: Tomorrow’s World or Black Mirror

In my favourite episode of Black Mirror, personal data is weaponised. The episode portrays a world where personal information is stored forever and used to determine a ubiquitous social currency. Among the nasty consequences is that a failure to keep up appearances might leave you unable to board an aeroplane or live in a fashionable […]

deep-learning
By Trevor Wood: Wednesday 14th December, 2016

Has Deep Learning Graduated to Predicting the Future?

Niels Bohr is quoted as saying “prediction is difficult, especially about the future”. This seemingly tautological statement hints at the point in the scientific process whereby hypotheses are formed which make predictions about measureable properties of the world. Of course, these properties were already there when the hypothesis was made so it is a prediction […]

radar
By Dave Gladwin: Tuesday 4th October, 2016

3D vision with holographic radar

Holographic radar was in the news this morning as I drove in to work. The Breakfast Show was talking about drone detection systems being trialled and deployed by Aveillant, a spin out company from Cambridge Consultants. Aveillant was founded in 2011 to exploit the ability of 3D holographic radar to mitigate the clutter caused by […]