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Smart Home
By Tom Fry: Monday 17th April, 2017

How much energy is your home consuming? And where is it going?

How much energy is your home consuming? And where is it going? Home energy monitoring is an industry that has experienced rapid growth over last 5 years but this is a question that many home owners still find themselves asking. Traditionally, home energy management systems can very easily measure the total power consumption of the […]

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. […]

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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 Cassandra Padbury: Thursday 23rd February, 2017

A Dhalicious Beer: the pulse to pint innovation

I was intrigued to follow the latest new product development in beer. Looking for new innovative uses for its King Red Split Lentils AGT Foods first approached Saskatchewan based Rebellion Brewing Co. to challenge the VP and Brewmaster to make a craft beer from its lentils. And so Lentil Cream Ale was born. AGT have […]

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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 […]

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By Paul Baxter: Wednesday 8th February, 2017

The death of a data visionary

One of the first things you learn when studying statistics is how easy it is to get them wrong – you get taught a long list of fallacies and mistakes and told to avoid repeating them. Then you learn, probably though harsh experience, how easy it is to get the statistics right, yet leave anyone […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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By Dave Gladwin: Monday 5th December, 2016

The Invention Game

The first thing I can remember ‘inventing’ was an equation to describe a four dimensional cube (a tesseract), I was 14 years old on an outward-bound course and I was bored one evening. At the age of 17 I ‘invented’ a security system for my first car, a switch that cut the current to the […]

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By Andrew Lintott: Monday 28th November, 2016

Serendipitous Sam and the good ideas factory

My daughter’s interest started in the springtime, in an orchard, stemming from a seemingly inconsequential conversation about four leaf clovers. As I recall it was my wife who explained that sometimes, if you look, you can find a four leaf clover – and if you do then you are very lucky because very few people […]