Black Mirror: Science fiction or a chilling reality?
With the new series due for release next month, Chris Middleton explains why Black Mirror and the real world are already indistinguishable from each other.
Agtech: Where field and server farms meet
The robot farmer is here, but the biggest agtech innovations will come from the IoT, big data, and analytics.
Why jet repair bots are a Rolls Royce solution
Repairing jet engines means keeping planes on the ground; but it also means despatching engineers to the far side of the world at short notice. Rolls Royce believes that robots are the answer.
2020: why a quarter of workers could be robots
Robotics and AI are poised to be a trillion-dollar industry worldwide. What are some of the more unusual and innovative applications? Chris Middleton presents a ‘Top of the Bots’ chart rundown.
Tech Week: Can it restore confidence in UK innovation?
London’s Tech Week is a superb showcase for the UK technology industry but initiatives like this will do little to help the UK unless the government stops seeing the sector as a threat.
Computer vision: Can AI ever truly emulate the human brain?
Humans have long dreamed of a world whereby robots are used as to aid us in completing menial labour and house chores so we don’t have to. The problem is, it is very difficult to get a robot to move and navigate like a human because it doesn’t have our muscles and nerves, and more importantly, it doesn’t have our brain.
Why automation could lead to mass unemployment and how a Universal Basic Income might be the only solution
As editor of a technology title, I receive hundreds of pitches each day on virtually every single conceivable topic. The hype surrounding certain technologies tends to come and go. However one area has been consistently topping the coverage charts for years: artificial intelligence.
AI: Friend or Foe? (Part II)
In the second part of his report, Chris Middleton looks at the strategic challenge of implementing AI systems.
AI: Friend or Foe? (Part I)
In the first of a two-part report, Chris Middleton looks at how organisations are innovating with artificial intelligence – and what the knock-on effects on our lives might be.
Manifesto: The Innovation Economy
For the past 6 years Hack and Craft has been building products for startups and helping corporations to launch new ventures. During this time we have helped create new enterprises worth hundreds of millions of pounds, but we have also seen many teams flounder and fail. The range of teams and the problems they address is too wide to determine any recipe for success, but we have observed some basic ingredients which are common to all disruptive innovations. The main pattern in the successful teams is a very high level of interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge sharing. It seems that an essential ingredient for viable innovation is always the synthesis of knowledge from different perspectives. With this in mind we hope H&C News will provide a forum for this knowledge sharing and help foster the innovation opportunities that arise from it. Harry McCarney MD, Hack & Craft