Why it’s full speed ahead to being ruled by computers

You might just win a battle over a driving offence, but what happens if a database error points a drone strike at your house?A few years ago, I received a speeding ticket from the Metropolitan police claiming that a speed-camera in London had photographed my car – citing the correct registration number of the vehicle – doing 43mph in a 30mph zone. Most people would, I guess, be distressed by receiving such a communication. Your columnist, however, was perversely delighted – because it offered him the opportunity of not only irritating the cops but also of making an important point about the dangers of being overly dependent on technology

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The internet of things – who wins, who loses?

IoT is helping make privacy and autonomy the preserve of the powerful. As technology’s glare increases, it’s imperative we question who benefits from itRecently I went on a BBC news programme to give “the privacy side” of a technology story. Employees of a software company in Sweden had implanted chips in their wrists that activated the company photocopier

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Smart Window Maker View Raises $150 Million

View, maker of smart windows that can change the tint of the glass with the press of a button on a smartphone, is raising another $150 million in a late-stage Series F round. That brings the Milpitas, Calif.-based startup’s total funding to a whopping $500 million in equity capital. The New Zealand Super […]

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What will the workplace of the future look like? – webchat roundup

Here are the best insights from our online discussion on how next-gen tech will make a difference to our workplaces and working livesDarren Goldie, chief development officer, Havas MediaWe are in the middle of an enormous shift, but collaboration is more than technology-based. Tech will certainly impact outsourcing and multi-geographical workgroups. Continue reading

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Forget smart fridges – here’s the kitchen tech you really want

From smart pans to connected scales, the internet of things is now tackling the art of cooking – so would professional chefs want to use these gadgets?Smart fridges are a cliche of the internet of things, a perfect example of an unnecessary, expensive technology that’s been talked about more than it’s been used.Yet, kitchens seem the perfect place for gadgetry: look at the catalogues for home stores, there’s specific devices for everything from slicing pineapple to magnetic toast tongs. Clearly, cooks and bakers are keen for ways to make the work easier and improve their creations

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Will the internet of everything change how we shop? – live Q&A

Join us and a panel of experts at 1pm on Tuesday 18 August to discuss how the internet of everything can improve the retail experienceThe internet of everything (IoE) promises to disrupt every aspect of our lives and the retail experience is no exception. From tracking beacons to AI adverts, IoE will change how we shop and how retailers cater for our consumer needs. Google made waves last month by announcing its own charge into the retail sector with a rival to Apple’s iBeacon, EddyStone

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