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Posted at 10:02am on 04 Jan 2010

Singularity-Shmarity (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About a Robot Apocalypse)

AI isn't just around the corner and it isn't going to bring about the end of humanity.

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Microsoft vs Opera and the EU

Posted at 8:07pm on 15 Dec 2007

Defending the Indefensible

Many users and developers alike would like to see Microsoft improve its browser, or replace it with something better, but should this really be a legal matter? Is it right to force them to do this in a court of law?

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Coffee maker

Posted at 8:07pm on 23 Jul 2007

An Unachievable Goal?

According to Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple), "we never will see a robot that makes a cup of coffee". Could he be right? Is it possible that AI is an unachievable dream? That we will never see robots that can even perform basic household chores, let alone outsmart us?

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Broken television set

Posted at 7:21pm on 20 Jul 2007

The Forecast for Broadcasts

Just as video killed the radio star, the Internet is set to kill radio, TV, and telephone, or at least change them beyond recognition. It's just a matter of time. This article details why scheduled broadcasting is about to fall hard, and what we can expect to replace it.

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iPhone showing Dashboard logo

Posted at 9:12pm on 19 Jul 2007

Where are the Widgets?

When Steve Jobs announced that Apple had provided a 3rd party development environment for the iPhone, he was met with rapturous applause. This soon turned to scorn when he revealed that the "development environment" was really just a web browser. But was this scorn justified, or are web apps the future for the iPhone?

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KITT - the sentient car from the 80s TV series Knight Rider

Posted at 1:11pm on 17 May 2007

The Drive of Progress

Acclaimed science fiction author Charles Stross has published his predictions for how our future will be shaped by technology. In his books he describes a fabulous utopian future, but his vision of how imminent technologies will change our lives demands a sacrifice of personal freedoms that I find difficult to stomach...

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Mac Mini with TV antennae

Posted at 1:20am on 11 May 2007

It's a Mini Adventure

When Apple released the new line of Intel Minis a year ago I decided to take the plunge and buy one for use as a media centre or living room PC. In some ways it has surpassed my expectations, and in others I've been bitterly disappointed. Here is the good, bad and ugly of the Media Centre Mini...

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Microsoft logo on fire

Posted at 7:55pm on 11 Apr 2007

How the Mighty Have Fallen

According to Paul Graham, Microsoft is dead. So if he's right, what killed them? And what conclusions can we draw from this? Was Microsoft just too slow to keep up with the advances around them, or was their vision of the future fundamentally flawed from the start?

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Mozilla logo in a desktop window

Posted at 6:13pm on 20 Mar 2007

Spacial Awareness

Mozilla has been used as the basis of a revolutionary web browser and email client. Now it seems set to take on the operating system too. But is the Mozilla brand of innovation really what is needed to inject new life into desktop operating systems, or do we need to look backwards, not forwards to make progress...?

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Light bulb

Posted at 8:07pm on 07 Mar 2007

Patently Ridiculous

For 500 years the patents system has protected innovation by allowing inventors to capitalise on their ideas. But with the changing pace of technology, and the rise of patents for software concepts and algorithms, are cracks appearing in this venerable institution...?

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