Steve Jobs's emergence as a technology icon was not down to his technical achievements, but rather to his instinct as to what would work, and what experiences consumers would be eager to embrace.
The world of Google seems such a fertile place, but its simple, colourful hemisphere is backed by a murkier side, crawling with troubled, critical users and vexed regulators, legislators and watchdogs. Can the two sides be reconciled?
After a high-profile career in engineering and science, Professor Heinz Wolff thinks that technical innovation is only part of the solution to the challenges facing 21st-century society.
E&T meets Nathan Myhrvold, former Microsoft chief technology officer and founder of patent acquisition company Intellectual Ventures, to find out why he is known as the world's biggest patent troll.
E&T honours Steve Jobs as a driver for creative change on a global scale, before pondering what the future holds for innovation, ideas and inspiration. We talk to Google chairman Eric Schmidt; former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold and Professor Heinz Wolff to gauge the pulse of our planet's leading thinkers. We also look at new ways of storing energy, on man-made land masses; BAE Systems' new approach to building submarines quicker and how IT in F1 helps the cars move quicker. All this and much more besides.
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In our brand-new long-form podcast, Chris Edwards discusses the innovative legacy of Steve Jobs; James Hayes and Aasha Bodani review Google's unusual year; Dominic Lenton interviews Doug Edwards, Google's former head of consumer marketing and brand management; Erika Burrows meets robot author Kevin Warwick, and Kris Sangani reports from IFA, Germany's giant consumer electronics show.
Mobile payment services aim to turn smartphones into handy alternatives to cash or credit cards – will they spearhead the move to a cashless society?
Formula One car designers and mechanics now rely on IT-based performance-analysis tools to give their cars a winning edge.
Who knew inventing was such a dangerous occupation? We recall ten inventors whose big ideas led to their downfall.
As global population rises and land runs short, farms, factories and even entire streets are heading for the skies.
E&T visits BAE systems in Barrow-in-Furness, birthplace of the Astute class submarines.
Electrical signalling has beaten off the challenge from optical communications a number of times in electronic systems, but connecting by light may be about to stage a comeback.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of al-Qaeda's 9/11 attacks on America, but how has cargo aviation security changed in the intervening decade?
Technological innovation is alive and well in Daejeon, South Korea, despite the continual threat of war with its northern neighbour.
No one did more than Queen Victoria's husband to usher in the age of engineering and technology. E&T talks to author Jules Stewart to find out why Prince Albert was so influential.
If it looks like a human, acts like a human and talks like a human, how will we know it's a robot?
Our inventors share ideas for inventions that would make their own lives easier.
Can man-made islands designed to store energy solve renewable power problems?
Businesses are missing out on generating a new revenue stream by overlooking the monetary value of reusing old ICT.
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ForInvesting in further scientific exploration of space is a waste of resources
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Robin OBE, was named by the Sunday Times as one of the ‘greatest explorers of the 20th century’. A passionate campaigner on environmental and human rights issues, he has been on over 30 expeditions, including as leader of the Royal Geographical Society’s largest expedition to the rainforests of Sarawak. This and his book, ‘Mulu: The Rainforest’, started the international concern for tropical rainforests.
AgainstInvesting in further scientific exploration of space is a good use of resources that will ultimately help to stimulate global economies
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Piers Bizony's Profile
Piers is an author, journalist and filmmaker specialising in aerospace and cosmology and has been shortlisted for the Nasa/Eugene M Emme Award for Astronautical Writing. He has written several books, the most recent of which is ‘Starman’, the definitive biography of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
Investing in scientific exploration of space is a waste of resources
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