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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The Big Sleep

Trials have begun using suspended animation to help critically ill patients

Read my latest piece for The Economist in full below or by following this link.

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How tech could spell the end of animals in drugs testing


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We are in a pharmaceutical ice age where fewer drugs are being developed. But new computer modelling and bioengineering techniques could revitalise the industry – and make animal testing obsolete.

Read my latest piece for The Observer/ The Guardian in full below or by following this link. It was a double page colour feature in The Observer’s New Review and a featured story on The Guardian’s home page all day. It was shared 5900 times on Facebook.

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Virtual Book Festivals Run By Major Publishers Take Off in UK



HarperCollins UK’s June virtual Romance Festival was a success; in August  SF publisher Gollancz hosted a festival combining online Q&As with real life events.

Read my latest headline story for New York based Publishing Perspectives in full below or by clicking on this link.

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The digital revolution finally hits the office


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Will the office even exist in a world dominated by social media and the internet?

Read the text of the first of two pieces that I was asked to write for Core, Warwick Business School’s magazine, in full  below, or as a pdf here  WBS_CORE_Edition Two_Digital rev. It is not yet published on-line.

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How your electronic DNA could be the secure login of the future

young woman looking at Facebook website on laptop computer. Image shot 2008. Exact date unknown.

About 500 different behaviours are unique to every individual and, taken together, form what they call ‘eDNA’.

Read my exclusive story for The Guardian and which was  the top story on Technology Guardian  all weekend as well as editor’s choice on the app. The Guardian is one of the top ten news sites in the world by popularity. It was also re-published by  popular US site Business Insider.

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How to design a spacesuit for landing on an asteroid

Read my hit piece for Wired – and an exclusive story thanks to NASA – in full below or by following this link.

Earlier this year around 230,000 people participated in a vote to choose the outer skin of Nasa’s new Z-2 planetary exploration spacesuit.

Yet for humanity’s first manned mission into deep space Nasa isn’t actually planning to use this brand-new, if bulky, spacesuit.


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Spacesuits: A new generation of outfits for astronauts is being developed.

Behind on my posts again…here is my piece in the last edition of The Economist’s Technology Quarterly. NASA’s new spacesuit was a big story in US/UK, but my story contains exclusive material from NASA. I was also the only journalist I believe to find out what private space and the Russians were up to. Read in full below or by following this link.

AROUND 230,000 votes were cast in a recent online competition held by NASA to choose one of three designs for the American space agency’s new Z-2 spacesuit. It was not the technology that people were invited to vote for, but the style of the outer layer. The winner (pictured right) features vivid-blue electroluminescent wire and patches, exposed bearings and natty collapsing pleats to improve an astronaut’s mobility.


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How Writers Can Work With Games Developers

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Read my ‘hit’ story from last months London Book Fair which I covered for the New York based Publishing Perspectives and which was their headline story of the day.

LONDON: In Los Angeles, every pool attendant wants to write a movie script. In Oxford, every waiter or waitress is trying to write a novel. At the London Book Fair last week, everyone – even established authors – seemed to want to write for video games and other interactive media.

And few of them had any idea of where to start.

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Creationists buy humanoid robot to study technology’s impact on humanity


Read my recent hit ‘provocative’ long read  for Wired in full bellow or the original here. While this story was widely covered in the UK/US media I believe I was the only journalist to go beyond it and ask the big questions behind it. I also secured an exclusive interview with  Frank Meehan, one of the founders of Siri and DeepMind.

In 1925, creationists at the Scopes Trial in Tennessee argued against the theory of evolution and in favour of biblical truth. Now, 90 years later, a group of similarly fundamentalist Christians from nearby North Carolina has spent $16,000 (£9,500) on a humanoid Nao robotto explore what is arguably the next stage of evolution on Earth, the coming of the robots….

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