How can we be sure new technologies won't have a negative impact, asks Bill Thompson"Coming up with ideas for new digital products and services is hardly difficult in this world of rapid technological development and increasing access to computers and the network.Anyone with a vague grasp of the capabilities of internet-connected devices should be able to think of two or three innovations ov Read More »
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Bill Thompson has been enjoying the social side of the holidays"We had a traditional Christmas this year, though since the kids are now sixteen and seventeen, their sleep patterns were not disturbed by an anxious wait to see what Santa would provide in return for their good behaviour during the year.After a lazy morning, a protracted lunch, and a game of Scrabble, we settled down to watch Do Read More »
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If you want to motivate people get all your rocks in a row, says columnist Bill Thompson."This afternoon my son and I drove from Cambridge to Lode, a small village just north of the city. When we got there we made our way to the old watermill and I lobbed half a brick across a river while Max filmed me.Earlier in the weekend my friend Matt Jones, co-founder of the social network site Dopplr, Read More »
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By Mark WardTechnology correspondent, BBC NewsBletchley Park is best known for the work done on cracking the German codes and helping to bring World War II to a close far sooner than might have happened without those code breakers.But many believe Bletchley should be celebrated not just for what it ended but also for what it started - namely the computer age.The pioneering machines at Bletchley w Read More »
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It has often been said that change is the only constant in the 21st Century.And there is little doubt that the restless tone of these times is something that the web has helped to accelerate.But the only reason that the net and the web can cope with that punishing pace is thanks to work done four decades ago by British mathematician Donald Davies at the UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL).On Read More »
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By Clark BoydThe World, WGBH BostonLaptops and smartphones allow easy access computing power, but researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology want to go one step further by turning the entire world into a computer.At this year's Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) conference in Boston, the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT's Media Lab unveiled the latest prototype of SixthSense, a wearable, Read More »
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By Tim WeberBusiness editor, BBC News websiteJohn Chambers is a paranoid man. All smiling, all confident, but paranoid nonetheless."Healthily paranoid," he says several times during our conversation. Mr Chambers is the boss of Cisco Systems. His company has survived four economic downturns: in '93, '97, '01 and '03. Now he is pushing hard to make it through number five (and six, if like Read More »
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By Victoria GillScience reporter, BBC News"When I arrived here, I saw people with HIV being carried all day to get to the clinic," Paul Williams recalls."There were no testing services, no education, no treatment and certainly no monitoring of treatment. People just died." That was the situation in Bwindi, Uganda, three years ago. Dr Williams, formerly a GP in North-East Engla Read More »
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