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Some things are easy to predict because they are inevitable but their timing is not. An obvious example is predicting an earthquake in Los Angeles. When I was 10, the promise of controlled fission, a world of limitless free electricity was a decade away. I’m still waiting...
It is often said that there are only two certainties in life, death and taxes. Actually I think there is a third.
I'm sure that all of us, at some point in our lives, have personally and professionally been in circumstances where our experience has not prepared us for the situation we find ourselves in. Welcome to the world of the conceptual emergency.
Kieran raises important issues on machine intelligence. I'd like to go further.
From an employment perspective, the IT Industry has been a success story for 3 or 4 decades now. Will that continue? How will the industry change in the next few years? In a world where IT is pervasive, what will it mean to be in IT? The BCS held a thought leadership dinner recently to discuss this important topic.
There is a principle in Law that hard cases make bad law. At the same time, Harold McMillan, when asked what the hardest thing to deal within Government was, said “events, my dear boy, events”.
An enjoyable day at the Royal Society! The EPSRC leads of the digital economy programme for RCUK. This is a wide interdisciplinary set of activities that look in a joined up way at the benefits and risks of the digital technologies as well as their general development.
For the first time in around 20 years we do not have a minister responsible for IT in Education. The new administration has closed BECTA the agency for IT in schools and FE. Unlike the previous administration that saw IT as a tool for transforming the experience of education. The new education department is at best luke warm, wanting more traditional lessons taught in traditional ways.
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.

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