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The Public Library is one of the institutions held in the highest affection in the UK. If you doubt that, look at the reaction when even the smallest branch is earmarked for closure. In these economically challenging times, the library is one of the “softest” targets for cuts. Of course, we live in a time when the e-book reader and downloads are biting into the traditional book market.
The increasingly pervasive nature of computing means that its interaction with other sectors of the economy and society are central to an understanding of the future directions that IT may or may not take.
The Computing and Telecommunications industries are heavy investors in R&D in reducing the carbon footprint of the IT estate itself. However, the rate of deployment of IT shows still that energy consumption and heat output are still rising. Computers contribute around 2% of carbon output globally. We need to do more and the industry is playing a significant part.­­
In Futures work it is important that we are clear about the type of future we are discussing.
When we talk about the rapid developments in IT over the last decades and those coming we focus on the technology. What about the I in IT?
In the industry we like to talk about the transformational potential of the technologies with which we work and the profound way in which they impact individuals the economy and society. When you look at our own practices do we always live up to this challenge ourselves?
The world is changing. Yesterday we had vinyl records, paperback books and we shopped on the high street. Today people enjoy ebooks, MP3s and they shop online. Despite its growth, digital may struggle to completely replace physical experiences.
I have used the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing to read more about him and his work. I confess that I’ve found him a far more interesting and vivid character than the ‘tragic genius’ motif would allow for.
Sitting in a traffic jam, watching the lights turn to red, Chris Yapp wonders how much research will be needed before artificial intelligence can drive like human
It will take something quite remarkable to take Brexit from the top domestic headlines of 2018. I’ve recently returned from a two-week holiday which included a digital detox. Looking at the work-related emails, two topics dominated: Brexit and GDPR (around 40% each with overlap).

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