Monthly Archives: September 2015

Show me the money

  A few readers have expressed an interest in seeing the before and after of chapter 4, the money chapter, so here it is. As I mentioned a few days ago, this has always been the problematic chapter, partly because … Continue reading

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What’s Next #37

Just to let you lovely folks know that a new issue (number 37) of What’s Next has just gone live. It’s about time. Link http://www.nowandnext.com/?action=sector/view

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Digital Vs. Human at Heathrow

Terminal 2 at London Heathrow last week. You can now order your meal via an iPad screen instead of having to deal with the human being that’s standing in front of you behind the counter. None of that awkward face … Continue reading

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The Joy of Text (sometimes)

What am I doing? Avoiding re-writing the chapter on money in my new book Digital Vs. Human that’s what. It’s all over the place (and all over the floor as you can see). It’s partly a flow/logic thing, but this … Continue reading

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Worst Predictions of All Time.

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” Thomas Watson, President of International Business Machines (IBM), in 1943. But remember that in 1943 ‘computer’ meant a vacuum-tube-powered adding machine as big as a house.

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Self(ie) Harm

Hard to believe, but apparently more people have died taking selfies this year than from shark attacks. More on mashable. Thanks Lynda.  

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Looking without seeing

  This is a good one. Did you know that the average ‘dwell time’ (horrible phrase) for the Mona Lisa is 17 seconds? In other words, the amount of time people spend looking at the most famous painting in the … Continue reading

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Computers and education

    Hate to say this, but I told you so…. Computers do not improve pupil results according to OECD study of 70 countries.  

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Kanye West US President?

  It’s been pointed out to me (I totally missed it – thanks Paddy) that my not very serious prediction that Kim Kardashian might run for US President has been overshadowed by the real-life possibility that her husband, Kanye West, … Continue reading

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Quote of the week (from Terry Pratchett)

“Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.” Terry Pratchett

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