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Did democracy win with Macron? Doubtful

Posted by Kevin on May 8, 2017

My first thoughts on Macron’s victory were that democracy had prevailed. But second thoughts made me wonder. We’re too accustomed to thinking of democracy in old-fashioned Left (socialist) and Right (fascist) terms. Democracy is the peoples’ decision anywhere between left and right. But there is a new (or at least only recently so overt) political […]

Artificial Intelligence in the Real and Virtual Worlds

Posted by Josh Townsend on April 25, 2017

Artificial Intelligence and Games While most of the tech media’s ‘next big thing’ buzz is still focused on VR, that technology is beginning to settle into the early days of its role. Gaming and technology blogs will soon be looking for a new source of excitement. With some of the recent products and demonstrations, it […]

Trump, Brexit and the Norns

Posted by Kevin on April 2, 2017

2016 is likely to prove a pivotal year in contemporary history. Two major votes saw the US election of President Trump and the UK exit from the European Union. It was a right-wing populist swing for UKUSA – and I called both votes wrong. I expected both to be close, but the other way round. […]

Will Virtual Reality Technology see a second generation?

Posted by Josh Townsend on March 27, 2017

2016’s slew of Virtual Reality devices are now being considered ‘Generation 1’ in terms of VR. This isn’t an entirely accurate viewpoint. Even discounting earlier attempts at Virtual Reality not created for the mass market and the VR machines intended for use in arcades, the gaming market has seen an earlier entry in the form […]

Trumpton Tower: a modern slapstick

Posted by Kevin on March 18, 2017

In true slapstick style, Trump sticks it to GCHQ, and GCHQ slaps down Trump. All over what did or did not happen in Trumpton Tower. Background On 4 March, the realDonaldTrump tweeted an accusation that former President Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower during the run up to the election. Is it legal for a sitting […]

Review: “Zero Days”

Posted by Rob Slade on March 15, 2017

Zero Days (2016) Director: Alex Gibney Participant Media, Showtime Documentary Films, Magnolia Home Entertainment Overall, this can be seen as a reasonable assessment of the events, and agencies, that led to the creation of the Stuxnet computer virus. If you don’t know background details yourself. If you do, it’s a bit annoying. On the technical […]

Gaming and the Future of Entertainment Media

Posted by Josh Townsend on March 6, 2017

The Identity of Gaming In January of this year, one of the leading figures of the gaming industry, Hideo Kojima, predicted that video gaming would merge with other forms of entertainment – novels, cinema and music. While he did not elaborate on by what means or to what degree these media would integrate, the prediction […]

Get my goat

Posted by Kevin on February 24, 2017

If there’s one thing guaranteed to get my goat, it is this kind of claptrap you find all over LinkedIn. Seriously? Has Dr. Ken Jennings really discovered the difference between success and failure? What is success? What is failure? Is a CEO successful and a postman a failure? Go Green and you will be a […]

Spectacular Fear

Posted by Kevin on February 23, 2017

Now I really am worried. Deep in the new Black Report from Nuix (I wrote about it here) is this statement from Terry L. Sult; Chief of Police, Hampton, Virginia. He is lamenting the process of criminals ‘going dark’, hiding from law enforcement behind unbreakable encryption. “This should seriously concern every law-abiding citizen,” he said. […]

The Watson problem

Posted by Kevin on February 16, 2017

There is a problem with Watson. Don’t get me wrong; I love Watson, or at least the idea of Watson. For such an incredibly complex operation the concept is clean and simple. You take a great big computer. You teach it to understand free text; and then you feed it millions and millions of research […]