Innovation That Matters

Technology trends for the world of tomorrow



Future of Work

I think remote work is a powerful tool to implement 15 minute cities which will bring wide ranging societal, ecological and health benefits. 

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The Modern Computer

This weekend I started re-reading one of my favourite technical books, “Data Processing” by K.N. Dodd. It’s a slim volume, published in 1969 by The English Universities Press. I picked up my beautifully musty copy in a second-hand bookshop in March 1995. It is a profoundly practical book (at least in 1969!), which educates the reader on the “state-of-the-art” of The Modern Computer, as well as elaborating on business applications:

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Programming with Logic

50 years ago the Prolog programming language was created in France (where else?), by Alain Colmerauer with Philippe Roussel. The name comes from programmation en logique. The first implementation of Prolog was an interpreter written in Fortran by Gerard Battani and Henri Meloni. 

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Strength through Adversity

For the past several months my mental state seems to be more Schrödinger than Newton, resisting serious observation, and oscillating wildly between euphoria, guilt, outrage, depression, anxiety, frustration, and all states in-between. The most palpable side-effect has been loss of concentration; with the incessant drip, drip, drip of 24-hour news and social media causing my brain to fizz from one emotion to the next, almost at random.

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Predictions for 2018

As CTO for Clause Inc. I breathe the rarified air of blockchain, AI, IoT, and Legal-Tech (joke). Seriously, I do read quite widely, so in time-honored fashion, here are my predictions for 2018.


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Au Revoir IBM


Penguins! Who doesn’t love penguins?

A month ago I resigned from IBM. On Monday I start my new job as CTO of Clause Inc., a legal-tech startup that is going to revolutionise the world by creating a platform for lawyers and developers to define, manage and operationalize true (legally enforceable) smart clauses and contracts. This new mission combines three of my longstanding passions: AI, blockchain (DLT) and rules. More on that later however!

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Robots and Automation in Society

Artificial intelligence and robotics are now part of our everyday experience and zeitgeist. From Tesla and Uber advancing the state of the art in self-driving cars (and soon trucks), to robotic milking machines, driver-less trains, to space exploration, to algorithmic news filtering, summarisation and selection, to using computers to detect cancer, to military drones, many traditionally human jobs are being replaced, or augmented, by robotics, algorithms and technology.

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Gartner’s 2016 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies

A couple of weeks ago Gartner published their latest Hype Cycle for emerging technologies. While some of the entries (and the timelines) are debatable it’s a good list that serves as a roadmap for furthering reading and technical investigation

I will be digging into the details of the most promising of these technologies over the months to come, as well as some more established technologies that are already changing the world in which we live.

Innovation That Matters

Innovation That Matters, easy to say, not so easy to define… What matters in life is deeply subjective and context dependent. How about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and the list below as a starting point?

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