Post By Simon Montford on Dec 4 2018
On Friday 30th November I attended the VCT and EIS Investor Forum in London. The event enabled private investors to meet fund managers in person and learn how different VCT and EIS funds compare. The event featured an expo, cinema, exhibition space, and seminar room where talks and panel debates took place throughout the day. Attendees were given the opportunity to gain industry insights and understand what is going on more generally across the entire small-cap equity market landscape.
Post By Simon Montford on Nov 8, 2018
New innovations and striking developments in the field of AI have changed the face of technology in the 21st century. The high competency of this technology and near to zero fail rate has found it a strong beneficiary in highly specialised sectors such as defence. The ethics of autonomous warfare and defence will be one of the topics covered by AI and robotics experts during The World AI Show Amsterdam, a conference held by Trescon, that will take place on November 8, 2018 (use discount code "WAISA-WEBIO").
Post By James Butcher on Oct 27, 2018
As we arrive back in the UK following a hugely successful IoT Solutions World Congress event in Barcelona, I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on the show but also pass on my thoughts on what has been a pretty busy first 3 months for me at IOTech. One of my first roles since joining IOTech as a Solutions Architect was to help put together the EdgeX Foundry Community Demonstrator in time for its first scheduled appearance at the Barcelona event.
Post By Ian Smith on Oct 23, 2018
The final day of the Open Source Summit & ELC + OpenIoT Summit Europe will take place in Edinburgh, UK tomorrow. If you can’t make it you can tune into the free livestream to catch all of the keynotes live, but you will need to visit their website and register to gain access. The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organisation enabling mass innovation through open source, announced the addition of 33 Silver members and 11 Associate members in the month of September.
Post By Simon Montford on Oct 19, 2018
Cybereason, creators of the leading cybersecurity AI Hunting Platform, today unveiled its strategic plan to partner with Arm in securing billions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices across sectors, including in the utility and energy, transportation and logistics, and connected buildings industries. With SoftBank’s backing, the companies are delivering compelling solutions and leading the charge in providing device-to-data security for IoT. The companies plan to protect one trillion connected devices by 2035.
Post By Simon Montford on Oct 19, 2018
ZYFRA became one of 10 companies selected as a participant of a TESTBEDS section of the IoT Solutions World Congress held in Barcelona on the 16th–18th of October. Digital Advisor is a recommendations system for industrial enterprises that presents to the operator a specific guide to action to achieve the target parameters (energy efficiency, quality, productivity). “We are proud of being featured among 10 best AI solutions in real production sector projects and be presented in a TESTBEDS section”, said Dmitry Lukovkin, AI Business Director of ZYFRA.
Post By Simon Montford on Oct 18, 2018
The world’s most advanced security product for IoT devices was unveiled yesterday at the IoT Solutions World Congress. Developed by the UK company, Crypto Quantique, it has the capabilities required to become the foundational security product for every IoT device in the world. The foundational technology consists of the world’s first quantum driven secure chip (QDSC) on silicon which, when combined with cryptographic APIs, provides highly scalable, integratable, easy-to-implement and seamless end-to-end security for any connected device.
Post By Simon Montford on Oct 3, 2018
Today’s web is pretty much controlled by an oligopoly of tech giants that I will refer to as “GAFAM”. They have grown incredibly rich by hoovering up personal data belonging to billions of people and using it to develop incredibly addictive products. This practice is, in most cases, perfectly legal as it is done with the consent of their users.
Post By Simon Montford on Sept 27, 2018
When I attended Digit’s FinTech event held in Edinburgh last week – another impeccably run conference – one of the main, consistent themes was the rise of challenger banks. What became obvious from the talks I listened to and the conversations I had with delegates was that a classic David and Goliath scenario is starting to play out. Not only are plucky fintech startups like Atom, Monzo and Revolut enticing affluent young customers away from traditional banks, but they are also managing to convert them into fiercely loyal advocates. This is an extraordinary feat when you consider how much is spent by incumbents on advertising and marketing.
Post By Simon Montford on June 26, 2018
Technology giant Hitachi is working with researchers from the University of Edinburgh to develop smart robots for warehouses and assembly lines. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh are wirking with Hitachi to create a new generation of robots for use in factory operations and warehouses which are around 40% faster then those currently in use. The system works via a smart camera, programmed with details about goods to be moved.
Post By Anthony Broderick on June 25, 2018
Here at WEB3-IOT our aim is to track the inevitable convergence between the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) such as blockchain. One of the most heated debates in the DLT space right now is - which blockchain will form the infrastructure for the coming wave of Decentralised Applications (Dapps) that will run on Web 3.0? Anthony Broderick takes a deep dive into how Bitcoin and Ethereum' blockchain platforms stack up against EOS.
Post By Simon Montford on June 14, 2018
Before I begin, it is vital that I make one thing very clear. By writing this piece, it is not my intention to judge or undermine event organisers. They must be congratulated for all their hard work, and it’s important to remember that conferences are a platform for innovation. They facilitate connections, inspire new thinking, and enable innovators to promote themselves and obtain much-needed visibility as a result of being given a forum to speak and exhibit. It's always a great pleasure to cover our favourite conferences, and include them in our 2018 Conference Directory. We consider it as our duty to support them, so keep up the good work!
Post By Anthony Broderick on June 08, 2018
Three parallel tech events will take place in Amsterdam's RAI Convention Centre later this month that will showcase cutting-edge technologies from more than 300 exhibitors, and insights from 300 speakers. The total number of attendees over the two-day event is expected to be 8,000. The IoTTech, AI, and Blockchain Expos will take place on 27-28th June, and the IoTTech Expo alone will offer eight different tracks that will cover the impact of new trends within the IoT space across many different industries.
Guest Post By Brian Baglow on May 22, 2018
Has the IoT era truly arrived? Is the industrial revolution 4.0 a reality? Our friends over at DIGIT spoke to Steve Aitken, the founder of Intelligent Plant, to find out more about the opportunities – and challenges facing industry as IoT evolves. The era of the Internet of Things (IoT) is upon us. The long-heralded promise of ‘machines talking to machines’ is already here.The growing availability of cheap sensors, ubiquity of cheap, reliable communications and the ability to process ever greater amounts of data is promising to revolutionise the way we live and work.
Post By Simon Montford on May 16, 2018
From 16 to 18 October, the IoT Solutions World Congress (IoTSWC) will showcase the most recent advances in artificial intelligence and distributed ledger technologies such as blockchain as applied to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and, for the first time, will incorporate the “AI & Cognitive Systems Forum” as one of its key tracks. In that Forum, world experts will debate the latest trends in artificial intelligence, data analysis and cognitive computing, and present real-world examples of the convergence of this technology and the IoT to transform different industrial sectors.
Post By Simon Montford on May 16, 2018
GEO Business 2018 will take place in London from 22-23 May, and WEB3//IOT will be there to cover the event. The organisers claim that it will be the largest geospatial show in the UK with around 3000 visitors from across the world expected to attend. The exhibition area will house over 200 exhibitors that will include Survey Solutions Scotland, Atkins, Bentley, Topcon, HM Land Registry, Leica Geosystems, Viametris, Trimble, Clicks and Links, Malcolm Hughes, Faro, Stonex, The Coal Authority, Bridgeway Consulting and many more.
Post By Simon Montford on May 11, 2018
The 3rd Annual Internet of Things Scotland Conference organised by Digit will take place in Edinburgh, United Kingdom on 30th May 2018. It will bring together technologists from industry, academia and government to explore the evolution of the Internet of Things. The programme will contextualise IoT within the current technology landscape, looking at key trends, industry permeation and real world progress - whilst also considering some of the key barriers to adoption.
Post By Simon Montford on April 12, 2018
automatica is the leading exhibition for Smart Automation and Robotics. The trade fair will take place in Munich from 19 – 22 June 2018, and products on display will range from components, robots and systems to entire production facilities. Mobile World Capital Barcelona will be present and will bring a number of outstanding international startups as part of their delegation to support the continuous global transformation of robotics and smart automation.
Post By Simon Montford on April 9, 2018
Artificial Intelligence, IoT, and Blockchain expert speakers from a range of industries will be arriving at the Olympia National, London on the 18-19th April, and Simon Montford will be attending all three expos on both days. The event organisers claim that they have already received over 12,000 attendee registrations, and with such a stellar speaker lineup this conference promises to be worth attending.
Post By Simon Montford on January 13, 2018
Last night's BBC Panorama: "Who Wants to Be a Bitcoin Millionaire?" was uncomfortable to watch because a lot of clueless, irrational, and ignorant people are being seduced by greed. Unfortunately many will end up losing their money when the cypto bubble bursts. It's very simple, don't invest in anything you don't fully understand!
Post By Colin Cardwell on December 21, 2017
Montford's Rule is a new one for our times… “Every time there is a step change in technology it’s heralded as a revolution - now it's real,” he alleges. And Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the key. We are now no longer just looking at the loss of labour to technology that the evanescence of tasks that have for centuries required a high degree of intellect and evaluation. There’s a sense of urgency highlighted by the publication last month of arguably the U.K.'s most focused new industrial strategy to be announced in the past two and a half decades.
Post By Simon Montford on December 11, 2017
As technology becomes ever more fundamental to citizens, societies and economies, Simon Montford, the founder of WEB3//IOT visited the After Money money symposium looking at issues from identity and privacy to decentralisation, autonomy and democracy itself. I recently attended a two-day event called After Money, which heralded the end of an 18-month research project of the same name, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council in collaboration with the Royal Bank of Scotland and the New Economics Foundation. It took place on the 20th and 21st of November at the City Arts Centre in Edinburgh and was organised by The Centre for Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.
Post By Simon Montford on Sept 21, 2017
Post By Simon Montford on Sept 20, 2017
As mentioned in Part I of this series, unlike bitcoin, ether is more than just a store of value. It has been described as "crypto-law" and "programmable money" because when it is turned into gas it can be used to perform the following actions: Allocate resources, facilitate transactions between accounts using smart contracts, compensate participant nodes for computations performed on the network, and act as an internal transaction pricing mechanism. These powerful functionalities have made an entirely new kind of self-regulating governance possible in the form of distributed autonomous organisations (DAOs).
Post By Simon Montford on Sept 18, 2017
Once upon a time there was a substance called ether, also known as quintessence, that delighted and baffled medieval scientists for centuries. They postulated that it was a medium used by light to travel through the vacuum of space. It was also thought to be responsible for all kinds of other complex scientific phenomena. At the end of the 19th century, the scientific community collectively disavowed the notion, and concluded that it never existed. Ironic then that ether should, well, disappear into the ether.
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