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RBS and its Really Bad Software

No Comments 30 June 2012

I work in technology and along with my writing it provides me with a very good living but every so often something happens that makes me realize, firstly how horribly dependent we are on the stuff and secondly how its failure can pitch us into chaos, literally at the click of a mouse. Continue Reading

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I feel the need… the need for speed!

No Comments 08 July 2011

Last week I had to read a few chapters of The Human Race, in connection with some promotional work, and one section caught my eye. It is when Uma is talking to Ethan about the speed at which technology invades our lives these days. The examples she cites are all consumer products and she looks at the time it took to sell 15,000,000 of the following items:

  • 15 years for the television.
  • 12 years for the video recorder.
  • 11 years for the mobile phone.
  • 10 for the PC.
  • 8 years for the CD player.
  • 5 years for the DVD player.
  • 2 years for the iPod. Continue Reading

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Why increased life expectancy isn’t all that

2 Comments 03 June 2011

I’m currently reading Michio Kaku’s Physics of the Future, which examines the possibility that average life expectancy could reach 150 within the next 100 years. I have mixed feelings about this.

If we could keep our mental and physical health as we got older, there would of course be some upsides to extending our life expectancy. Michio Kaku’s book makes the point that this will happen  – and just imagine all the things we could achieve.

As a writer, my output could be truly prodigious. I’m about to turn 47 so I’d have another 103 years to go. At my current completion rate, I could produce at least 50 more novels. With more practice, perhaps I could hit John Grisham’s enviable output of one book per year.  Putting aside the thought that I would clutter up libraries and digital bookshelves with 103 more books containing 40,000 more pages and 12 million more words, it is quite an exciting thought. From a writer’s perspective, living longer would be great. Continue Reading

Future Tech

What does “Moore’s Law” mean for the human race?

No Comments 12 May 2011

Have you heard of Moore’s Law? It’s pretty simple really.

“The number of transistors incorporated in a chip will approximately double every 24 months.

– Gordon Moore, Intel Co-Founder

Gordon Moore, the co-founder of microprocessor manufacturer Intel, observed back in the 1960s that the number of transistors (devices used to amplify and switch electronic signals) placed on an integrated circuit had approximately doubled every two years since 1958.  This became known as Moore’s Law and has held true ever since. Continue Reading

why I love technology

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Why I love technology

No Comments 12 March 2011

As readers of The Human Race will know, I love technology. Yes, I’m a real gadget man. Mankind’s capacity for invention and ingenuity fascinates me. The idea that someone, somewhere in the world sat down and had the intelligence, perseverance and creativity to invent something that hopefully solved a problem for someone else is partly romantic, often exciting and sometimes terrifying. There have been a few wobbles along the way, but technology has helped us to evolve and survive.

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