The showy computer wizardry depicted in recent Bond movies is closer than ever to real-life technology; it even reflects changes in how actual enterprises are deploying their ICT resources.
Thanks to rapid advances in forensics, communications and drone technology Bond-style field agents could soon be a thing of the past.
The risk of attack by cyberspies is increasing and thanks to emerging technologies it’s harder than ever to keep passwords away from prying eyes.
Robotics researchers are increasingly turning to the animal kingdom for inspiration.
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In this episode, we meet artist and computer historian Dr David Link, the winner of the Tony Sale Award for Computer Conservation; hear about social enterprise collaboration from Felicity Wohltman, Vice President, Solutions, Mindjet Inc; catch up with the Eccentric Engineer, as Justin Pollard discusses his new compendium of unexpected engineering tales; talk to Robert Evans, CEO of Cenex, about electric vehicle battery costs and future technology; and finally reimagine Ian Fleming's James Bond as the engineering and technology savvy super-spy Ian Tee. [NB: the music that accompanies the Ian Tee reading is by The Surf Champlers, from the album Champloo A Go Go, performed by Kenji Yano]
The issues and demographic shifts that gave President Barack Obama four more years are being widely debated. Less attention is going to how his campaign harnessed them to secure victory. Was this the first major election where, “It was tech wot won it”?
As the first operator to put a 4G mobile network based on the Long Term Evolution (LTE) protocol into action in the UK, EE will have to look abroad to take lessons from other deployments.
2012 marks the 175th anniversary of the UK patent for Cooke and Wheatstone’s commercially practical electric telegraph: the first step in the era of electrical telecommunications in Britain, highlighted in these images from the New Connections BT e-Archive Project now being undertaken by Coventry University.
Hashima is a tiny industrialised island situated off the south west coast of Japan. Once home to a thriving mining community, it is now almost completely deserted - although not quite, as the plot of the latest James Bond film, Skyfall, would have us believe.
For 50 years, silicon has been the material of choice for making integrated circuits; but some say that it's been living on borrowed time - and chipmakers are developing innovative new material bases for future processors.
The UK must begin planning an offshore wind strategy that ensures reliability, availability and longevity, says the author of the IET's new book 'Offshore Wind Turbines'.
Oscillation is an essential function for many common devices. Now a new generation of generators will extend their range of applications even further.
As we are living on average 15 years longer, the automotive industry is discovering ageing drivers may have different technology needs from their younger counterparts.
4G is being touted as the panacea for the UK economy, for consumers wanting faster downloads - but is it all that it's cracked up to be?
One of the most difficult challenges in business is successfully expanding your company. After all, there's more to growing an organisation than simply adding bits on to it.
How might classic Bond stories be reinterpreted in the near future, with some modern cutting-edge technologies incorporated into old plots? Here's one possible outcome complete with a glossary of the tech featured...
Fifty years ago the US and USSR averted a nuclear clash during the Cuban missile crisis; but the emergency had profound repercussions for each nation's computing and communications industries.
Organisations can benefit from letting staff use their gadgets at work, says Richard Oliver, but only if clearly defined policies are in place
Governments have brought in subsidies to boost the sales of electric vehicles. But are they really justified?
The much heralded hydrogen economy has never materialised but within niche applications the future is looking bright for this clean energy technology.
Chairman of adhesives company Global Resins, David Hempleman-Adams is also a world record-breaking mountaineer, aviator and polar explorer. Sometimes these lives come together in a bizarre way.
Inspections at height are part of the modern regulatory framework, but with a little forward-thinking they could provide much more useful results.
A reported drop in water quality is causing serious health problems among some of the world's fastest-growing populations. Could new developments in desalination provide an answer?
Eye tracking and speech synthesis are now able to give voice to those with even severely limited movement.
Should we send manned missions to the Moon?
ForWe must go back to the Moon and finish the work we started
Writer, broadcaster and filmmaker
Profile: Chris Riley
Chris Riley is a British writer, broadcaster and filmmaker specialising in the history of science. He makes frequent appearances on TV and radio, broadcasting on space flight and astronomy. He is a veteran of two Nasa astrobiology missions and is the author of the Haynes Apollo 11 Owners’ Workshop Manual.
AgainstGo back to the Moon by all means, but Mars is the real deal
Fellow, director and author
Profile: James M Clash
Jim Clash, a fellow and director at the Explorers Club, has purchased a ticket to fly into suborbital space with Virgin Galactic Airways. He is author of ‘The Right Stuff: Interviews with Icons of the 1960s’ (Askmen, June 2012) and has interviewed six of the 12 moonwalkers.
We must go back to the Moon
An Android tablet built around gaming with “proper” games-friendly buttons and dual analogue sticks
Asus applies its laptop/tablet hybrid smarts to Windows 8
The 920 uses PureView camera tech to take in “five times more light” for better pictures, particularly in low light
Co-developed by Jamie Oliver, this is a stewpot for the 21st century
Super slim Smart TV with a remote control with mouse style motion sensing pointing and QWERTY keyboard
A stylish Bluetooth speaker featuring NFC technology - simply tap the handle to pair a new device
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