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.
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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.
Post By Simon Montford on March 20, 2017
Unlike most people, I recently purchased a wireless doorbell for my home-office instead of for my front door in order to avoid interruptions when I'm working. When a family member needs me they simply press a doorbell in the hallway. Using a wireless doorbell in this way would have saved Prof Robert Kelly the embarrassment of this hilarious interruption that took place during a live BBC interview. He and his family are now social media superstars after it went viral, but in a subsequent interview he said that after the mishap he never expected to hear from the BBC again!
Guest Post By Jacelyn Brown on March 14, 2017
It sounded like something from the National Enquirer: another attention-grabbing headline to put alongside sightings of Elvis on the moon, and alien reptiles in Buckingham Palace. Yet the recent Wikileaks report, stating that the CIA can use smart televisions to monitor us, created quite a media storm. In fact the revelation was covered extensively by media outlets across the world.
Posted By Simon Montford on March 10, 2017
The Wearable Technology Show is Europe’s biggest event for wearables, AR/VR, and the Internet of Things. According to the organisers around 6,000 people attended the fourth incarnation of this esteemed event. Leading names across almost every aspect of connected technology were present to show their wares and share their insights. The Wearable Technology Show was co-located with the "AR, VR & MXR Show", and "IOT Connect".
Guest By Waracle on March 7, 2017
Just getting your head around IoT (Internet of Things)? Open up, here comes IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and the opportunities are as amazing as they are untapped. Despite both being brushed off as just the latest buzz words the proliferation of everyday devices made smart using embedded sensors that communicate over the internet such as Amazon Echo, Fitbit, Phillips Hue Light-bulbs and Nest are far from passing fads.
Posted By Simon Montford on January 11, 2017
CES 2017 has drawn to a close for another year, so I have featured some of my highlights from the show that include robots, wearables, drones, smart home tech, smartphones and cars. In addition, gadgets announced at CES have been included on this month's featured products page. We don't usually feature them from major OEMs like Samsung, Nvidia, HTC, Huawei, and LG because most of the really cutting-edge innovations tend to come from independent makers and startups, but every January we make an exception.
Posted By Simon Montford on January 11, 2017
Towards the end of last year I gave a talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), at the Technology and Cybercrime Conference organised by the Law Society of Scotland. I referred to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which led to me being asked to write this piece for The Times. I should state I’m not an expert in the vagaries of data protection; if your organisation utilises data owned by third parties I strongly suggest you seek legal advice. This article (PDF) first appeared on 10 November in The Times LegalScot supplement (PDF).
Posted By Simon Montford on November 24, 2016
The run up to the festive season is always a busy time for event organisers and delegates alike. Peak conference season means there are so many to choose from, but in order to get the best ROI it's vital to remain laser focused. This is primarily because there are not only financial costs that need to be accounted for, such as travel and accommodation, but also intangible ones. Everything from the amount of emotional energy expended (if you don't feel exhausted after a conference, you're not doing it right), to opportunity costs - time is (or should be) your most valuable asset. Here's a look back at some of the events I attended last month, that were definitely worth expending time and energy for!
Posted By Simon Montford on November 23, 2016
I attended TechExpo which took place at 155 Bishopsgate in London on the 24th and 25th October. The venue had a warm, sophisticated, and contemporary vibe and it was conveniently located within a few minutes' walk from Liverpool Street station. It featured four theatre-style rooms, and an open plan area where attendees could hang out and network. This area was also where the expo was located featuring several augmented and virtual reality demos, an assortment of booths, and a separate section dedicated to fintech startups.
Guest post by Fred de Haro on October 31, 2016
Having spent an amazing 2 days in Edinburgh with back to back speeches/presentations, its easy to understand how I have yet to come off this incredible buzz. Firstly, Edinburgh University. A few words which would best describe such a forward thinking University? Simple: Pioneers and visionaries! It did not take much to convince us to join their recent Hackathon using the newly released triple bearer network LoPy modules.
Posted By Simon Montford on October 28, 2016
Last week I attended the 3rd annual Commercial UAV Show. I can't believe it's been a year since I covered the previous event, and wrote "There's no business like drone business". It took place on the 19th and 20th of October at ExCeL in London. The first thing I noticed was that the number of exhibitors and attendees appeared to be down compared to the previous year. I felt, however, that the quality of companies and delegates had increased. Last year l got the impression that many who attended were there out of curiosity. While milling around the expo floor, I came across an industry analysts with a remit to gather data and obtain market intelligence, an entrepreneur scoping out commercial opportunities, and an intern who had been dispatched on a fact-finding mission by her boss.
Guest post by Jakub Lubonski on October 13, 2016
I'm the CEO of a Polish technology company that has been intensively working for more than a year on creating the perfect bin, which can recognise, categorise, and sort trash as it is placed into it. The Bin-e is a response to the growing problem of segregation of garbage in places where waste is produced the most. According to recent statistics, every year Europeans produce over 213 million tons of garbage, of which only 30% is recycled!
Guest post by Jessica Groopman on September 27, 2016
Amidst the whirlwind of technological advancement, from the proliferation of sensors to form factors to new modes of interaction to software intelligence, many product companies make the grave mistake of over-complicating connected versions of their products. Too many buttons on a screen, too many levels to tap through to accomplish a task, too many features in an app, too many sensors (and not enough value) to justify a low battery life…
Posted By Simon Montford on September 12, 2016
Next week I will be moderating "Interface Evaluation: Selecting the Optimum Interface for Smart Home Control" at the IoT Smart Summit, at 2.40-3.20pm on 21st September, with guest panellists: Diego Oliva (Founder, Glue), Joacim Westlund (CEO, FLIC), Kyrre Wathne (CTO, Viva Labs), Sam Woodward (Customer Education Leader, Lutron), Ricco Borring Winther (Director of Sales, Z-Wave Europe), and Philip Steele (Founder, nCube Smart Home).
Posted By Simon Montford on July 20, 2016
France is home to some seriously dynamic IoT tech startups. Two of the most well-known examples are SigFox, the LPWA network technology pioneer (the Gallic startup raised France’s biggest VC round ever of $115M), and ride sharing trailblazer BlaBlaCar. Other examples include Lima, D-Vine, Invoxia, Parrot, Withings (acquired by Nokia), Sen.se, and my personal favourite Aldebaran Robotics (acquired by SoftBank); maker of some of the cutest humanoids on the planet - I met Pepper at IoTTechExpo, and Nao on the IBM Watson stand at MWC.
Guest post by Raph Crouan on July 13, 2016
We announced the ten startups that will join the first cohort of our Startupbootcamp IoT | Connected Devices program. A diverse range of startups working on an Internet of Things (IoT) device - from security, to intelligent horse monitoring technology and smart manufacturing - were selected to take part in the accelerator program.
Posted By Simon Montford on June 15, 2016
The Europas is an annual conference and awards ceremony for technology startups. The event was organised and hosted by technology journalist Mike Butcher MBE, and took place yesterday (June 14) in London, at The Grand Hall at Old Billingsgate. As tech conferences go, it was a reasonably relaxed affair, with no VIP lists or sectioned off areas in order, to facilitate networking and knowledge transfer between attendees.
Posted By Simon Montford on June 9, 2016
One of the coolest things to come out of CES in Vegas this year was a life-size drone that's capable of flying passengers autonomously in the air for up to 20 minutes. The self-driving aerial vehicle is called the Ehang 184, and the company responsible for creating it has just been granted clearance for takeoff in order to test it over the skies of Nevada.
Posted By Simon Montford on June 7, 2016
There are some fantastic events coming up later this month! Some of the highlights include IoT Tech Expo (Berlin), IoT Global Innovation Forum (Barcelona), and the Europas Conference and Awards (London). Unfortunately I can only attend one of them as they are taking place concurrently in three different major European cities. In the end I plumped for the Europas, because the founder and organiser, Mike Butcher, invited me well in advance. He also happens to be someone I've known for many years, and he kindly invited me to host a 20 minute panel titled "IOT: What Happens when Everything is Connected?", which was an offer I simply couldn't refuse!
Guest post By Ben Butchart on May 25, 2016
A briefly trending item on Hacker News this week caught my attention: “Announcing Akasha - a next generation social network.” Yep. Know what you’re thinking. Yawn, but what actually came next blew me away, “Powered by the Ethereum World Computer, embedded into the InterPlanetary File System.” That was enough for me. I’m in. Where do I sign?
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