You. Smart. Thing.

April 2015

Viewing posts from April , 2015

Where Is The World’s Smartest City?

Original article published on Hub of All Things.

This March, the UK’s chancellor, George Osborne, pledged £40m investment into the Internet of Things, with the expectation that this would help to support the Government’s smart cities initiative. Within the same month, Bristol announced the launch of a multi-million pound experiment to create the ‘smart city of the future’ through its Bristol is Open project and Cambridge pledged to become the ‘world’s smartest city’.

Read More

Who Cares?

The National Health Service Is A Myth, There Is No NHS

OK there is devolved government funding but therein lies the rub. There is no management structure, no actual service. Just tax payer’s money that for the most part has been dished out in the name of political gain. The money is most commonly allocated in the name of ‘innovation’, as though some unprecedented idea is going permeate the non-existent infrastructure that connects our wellbeing to the not so omnipresent wisdom of those trained in medicine.

Read More

Are You Wasting Your Personal Data?

Original article published on Hub of All Things.

Every day we interact with technology and (often without realizing it) generate enormous amounts of data about ourselves. Many of us even have distinct data habits, traces of which could be found in our smartphones or in social media. My day, for example, starts with an app which records my diet and exercise. Only a few years ago my sister (a professional volleyball player) used to nag me about my exercising regularly and would give me that disapproving look when I shirked and skipped the gym for a dinner with friends in my favourite French restaurant. Today, this job is done by the app which gives me warnings if I eat too much ice-cream (yes, it does happen!) and reminds me of scheduled runs or gym visits. Many of us use apps to shop for groceries, track our expenses, chat with friends and family, etc.

Read More