Society Article Archive

  • Justin Richards MBCS interviews 2019’s Turing Lecture speaker, Krishna Gummadi, from the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, in Germany.
  • Long-term writer of the BCS Future Tech blog, Chris Yapp, is stepping down. Here we present his final blog, plus some highlights from the fantastic blogs he has produced for us. His insight will be sorely missed.
  • David Bird FBCS reminds us that it’s not just Russia in the East that we can expect cyber mischief from. China and North Korea are both threats also.
  • Prof. Steven Furnell FBCS and Prof. Nathan Clarke FBCS, from the University of Plymouth, examine the rise of biometrics in modern society, with particular focus upon the potential to ease the authentication burden on mobile devices.
  • Concerns about IoT security are on the rise. Harsha Kalutarage, Bhargav Mitra and Robert McCausland, R&D Engineers at Queen’s University, Belfast, discuss how lightweight anomaly detection could provide an additional armour for the internet of things (IoT).
  • Digital patient records may be one of the NHS’s current focuses but members of an influential project, dating back nearly 50 years, show that technology and medical case histories have been long-term bedfellows.
  • Martin Cooper MBCS RITTech talks to leading telephony experts and explores what a fifth-generation mobile network will mean for consumers, businesses and for robots.
  • Professor Jo Smedley, from the University of South Wales, UK, provides some thoughts on preparing for successful online working.
  • Tech issues have never been more central to government policy and decision-making, with choices taken now liable to affect us for decades. Theo Knott reports on two areas, internet safety and AI, where BCS has been influencing government decisions recently.
  • In May 2018, Prof Steve Furber CBE spoke to Manchester Branch BCS, about how Acorn RISC machines evolved into the Spiking Neural Network Architecture. Julian M. Bass FBCS reports.