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Smart But Dumb
January 1st, 2010

So while people will always try to build C-3PO-style machines that look and talk like us, the real advances will come in individual components we design to do one job well. Human intelligence arose from the unconscious co-operation of such systems to sustain the organism. Maybe if we get the constituent ‘smart’ parts right, a true AI system will spontaneously evolve — dare we say it — intelligently…

The Subtle Touch
June 1st, 2007

You might be surprised to learn that after most of the early patents from the 70s and 80s expired, R&D labs went to work and the new generation of capacitive, optical imaging and multi-point touch technology is much smarter.


Stuck in the Middle
December 1st, 2008

If the above are among your benchmarks, you might end up disappointed according to a recent flood of books warning us away from The Chase. It’s a clich√© that human nature is to always want more (food, power, etc) — according to zoology and behavioural science it was hardwired into us millions of years ago.

Why do we still print?
November 28th, 2011

You can’t talk about paper usage in the 21st century without mentioning the environment. Of all the reasons to abandon the widespread use of paper, the need to stop cutting down trees would seem the most urgent.


Back to nature
May 1st, 2010

Achieving the environmental gains that built in natural processes offer seems like a huge task after our history of high waste, factory-style production, but it can start with the simple question ‘how would nature do this?’ Next time you turn on a light at home (which probably uses about 120 volts of electricity) consider that the Amazon electric eel can produce three times as much power using chemicals that also are found in the human body.

The Dream Factory
June 1st, 2007

The real magic of the movies happens inside the powerful computers of digital effects houses today — where the weather, interfering studio suits and the limitations of real-world physics can’t hold up the shoot or ruin million dollar sets.






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December 1st, 2008

Simulating the Future It used to be called role-playing, but an interesting example of an ...
March 1st, 2009

The Dream Factory Barely a movie reaches our screens today without digital effects, but did ...
June 1st, 2007

Rise of the Machines With the mobile phone's takeover PDAs, electronic organisers and more behind us, ...
September 1st, 2008

Back to nature Looking at nature for design ideas is nothing new, but as Drew ...
May 1st, 2010

The Global Local More than just call centres, it's now professional services matched to rock ...
June 26th, 2011


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