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Top ten tech trends for 2019

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Set in a dystopian 2019, the epic sci fi film Bladerunner correctly predicted overwhelmingly large digital billboards, flying cars, and computers that we would interact with through speech, though it didn’t necessarily see them fitting in our pockets. The film also depicted climate collapse through endless rains and androids that most people couldn’t tell from humans, but thankfully we’re not quite there, yet.

In 1983, a year after Bladerunner’s release, one of the fathers of sci fi writing, Isaac Asimov, was asked for his predictions for 2019 by the Toronto Star. They included ubiquitous computers and mobile devices, and their use and growth fuelled by an increasingly complex society, overpopulation, and pollution. His predictions were mostly impressively on the mark for a society that has gone through such a rapid transformation, especially considering the predictions were prefaced having to force the assumption that there would be no nuclear war. He signed off saying that 2019 would be a bridging point for far greater changes that would follow. Continue reading

Top 10 Technology Trends for 2017

Here’s a look at some of the top trending technologies for 2017 with a few unashamed sci-fi references to go with them.

It is an interesting time, with many of the highlighted technologies having huge crossover potential, leading to headlines such as Unity poaches Uber’s machine learning head to tackle AI in AR/VR and Google’s AI Can Now Translate Between Languages It Wasn’t Taught to Translate Between.

These technologies are already in our everyday lives, but their prevalence, and perhaps our awareness of them, is only in its early stages.

Without further ado, here is a summary of Gartner’s Top 10 Technology Trends for 2017 and our take on them:

1. Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Machine Learning

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The Characteristics of Smart Machines, Source: Gartner October 2016

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What would Brexit mean for tech startups in the UK?

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If you listen to the mainstream media in Germany and the UK, you would think that Brexit is a done deal and definitely going ahead. Only a few question the results and the need for getting such an important decision past parliament first, where a majority is expected to block a potential move towards Brexit. Continue reading

VUE and RealD turn Cosplayers into 3D avatars at London Comic Con

Every May and October, a vast majority of the 100K visitors to London Comic Con dress up in their favourite comic, game or sci-fi film character. Some Cosplayers do this for living and have a selection of stunning costumes that they slip in and out of. It’s a great festival atmosphere where people who might otherwise be wearing a black suit and tie every weekday, decide to put on their Stormtrooper body armour or turn into Poison Ivy or a giant Foxy for the three day event. Continue reading

Brighton Maker Faire 2015 line up announced

If you haven’t been to the Brighton Mini Maker Faire yet, then where have you been for the past four years? This year, for the fifth consecutive year, punters coming to the faire will have the chance to play around with all sorts of crafts, electronics, felt making, mosaics, lego robotics, polymer clay, jewellery, glass fusing, 3D printing… you name it and I bet you will be able to find it.

Here is a day for your diary. Don’t miss it as you might regret it!

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Call For Submissions To Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2015

Are you a maker, inventor, artist, scientist, engineer, designer, hacker, or student who wants to share their latest creation or maker project? The call for entries for the Brighton Mini Maker Faire at the Brighton Dome on 5th September 2015 is now open.

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LED lights display at Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2014. Photo by Kati Byrne

 

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