The Advent of Robojournalism and Robowriting

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Robotic writing software is now capable of producing acceptable “news” stories based on published reports and media outlets are beginning to rely on them.

Read my second post today – also about robots –  in full below or by following this link 

Read the accompanying comment piece here..Will robots soon customise a book for an audience of one?

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Why our roboticists are working for the 99 percent

Been busy writing so rather behind on my blog posts at the moment….here are a brace to keep you going…

Read in full my latest piece for Wired (UK,online) below or online by clicking here.

This piece was inspired by this blog post by Professor Alan Winfield…Roboticists Need To Get Political

Robots are taking over the world — well, the front pages — and are being blamed for the pre-crime of creating a dystopian world that may see huge numbers of jobs destroyed and enormous amounts of wealth concentrated into the hands of ever fewer people. To prevent this nightmare scenario, roboticist and science communicator professor Alan Winfield from the University of the West of England (UWE) and the Bristol Robotics Lab is calling on roboticists “to get political”. Winfield is on the British Standards Institute working group on robot ethics, which recently published a draft guide to the ethical design and applications of robots and robotic systems.

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The real drone revolution will be the micro-drone revolution.

 Dr Mirko Kovac, director of the aerial robotics laboratory at Imperial College London, believes that small-but-mighty machines will bring good to humanity

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UK’s Oral Storytelling Renaissance

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Curators of oral storytelling series in the UK discuss how the form is a reaction to our increasingly digital world — and how it intersects with publishing.

Read one I wrote earlier….my headline article for the New York’s  Publishing Perspectives in full below or by clicking on this link. Publishing Perspectives is a project of The Frankfurt Book Fair.

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Although I haven’t got round to posting up everything I wrote last year, here is my first new story for 2015.

Read in full below or by clicking on this link my latest hit and exclusive story for Wired including an equally exclusive interview with UK Government cabinet minister Ed Vaizey. It was number two story on all weekend.

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Nanomedicine: Hunting as a pack


Tiny particles could be programmed to swarm together and mount a determined attack on cancer

Read my latest story for The Economist in full below or by clicking this link.

WHEN Sabine Hauert told a recent RE.WORK technology summit in London about injecting trillions of man-made smart devices, some as small as 10 nanometres (billionths of a metre), into the human body and programming them to work as a pack to hunt down and kill tumour cells, it seemed to be a fantastically futuristic notion. But Dr Hauert knows her stuff and is starting to turn the idea into reality.

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Beware of The Cloud


Beware of the cloud

The Cloud is coming to a company near you. Mark Piesing meets Mark Skilton to find out what that means for our security

Read my second piece for Warwick Business School’s The Core magazine in full below or as a PDF The third is being written right now. 

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Orphan Technologies: A phoenix rises?

Ground-effect vehicles are a clever idea whose time has never come—so far

Read my latest piece for The Economist’s Science & Technology section – over 1.6k likes on Facebook…

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Medical robotics: Would you trust a robot with a scalpel?


They can improve precision in surgery making it less invasive and speeding recovery; and in palliative care monitor vital signs and improve quality of life. The challenge now is to win over the patients

Read my very well received recent 3700 word, 3 large colour pages whoper that I was asked to write for  The Observer’s Tech Monthly in full below or read the original by following this link.

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Is the internet God? Alexander Bard’s Syntheism paves the way for a new elite


The participatory culture of the internet will overturn our sense of ourselves as individuals, says the activist and new religious leader

Read my recent hit piece for The Guardian, and Editor’s Choice on the home page,  in full below or read the original here. 

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