Pages tagged: 'Research'

  1. Quantum Supremacy

    A few weeks ago Google announced that it was close to achieving “quantum supremacy”.  Maybe the machines are about to take over.   Actually, Google has just made the next stage quantum computing chip (called Bristlecone) that has 72 bits.  John Martinis, who heads Google’s effort, says it’s “pretty likely” that the new chip can achieve “quantum supremacy.” But what does this mean?

    April 27th 2018

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  2. How Long is Long Enough?

    In a couple of years’ time, the world will be marking the 50 years anniversary of the first moon landing.  Arguably mankind’s greatest technological achievement, Apollo represented the pinnacle of societal endeavour and technical advancement.  The legacy of the US’s ambitions spawned numerous technologies and a culture of can-do innovation.  Many argue that we are now too short term in our outlook.  But is this true for investors? 

    July 21st 2017

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  3. ARMing for Innovation

    Within weeks of the UK’s Brexit vote, Japan’s Softbank announced that it had agreed to acquire the darling of the UK tech scene – ARM Holdings -  for £24bn.  At a stroke, not only is this the largest purchase of British innovation but also removes the independence of the last of the UK’s “super unicorn” (i.e. >$10bn value) company. With the acquisition has the outlook improved – or worsened – for UK innovation?

    September 16th 2016

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  4. A Vintage Year?

    The Business Insider publication has a bit of a reputation for putting together lists as well as choosing 14 as its favourite number.  So this year we’ve had The 14 Trends that Will Make Someone Billions of Dollars and The 14 Best Companies and so on.  But the latest list – The 14 Most Exciting Tech Launches in 2015 - are leaving some lukewarm and it seems that we’ll have to find the next big thing from elsewhere.

    December 19th 2014

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  5. Revealing more than you’d Like

    When you press the Like button on Facebook, you may be revealing more than you thought.  The Like button was first released in 2009 and since then well over 1 trillion Likes have been registered.  According to work from Cambridge University and Microsoft Research, it turns out that what people choose to “Like” on Facebook can be used to determine a whole host of personal characteristics.

    October 24th 2014

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  6. Better Than Average

    Are you better than average at spotting which are the best tech investments to make?  Almost every tech investor believes that they have a particular insight or edge than make them better than the norm.  In reality, believing you’re better than average is all psychology and not based in reality at all.  However, more data from what really makes successful investors is starting to pop the self belief bubble.

    April 25th 2014

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  7. How Startups Can Avoid Failure

    Startups and small companies are the engine room of the economy.  In a report commissioned by Santander, SME’s also proved the most resilient during the recession and were by far the biggest job creators in the private sector, accounting for a full two-thirds of new UK employment.  Yet, with so much replying on startups, why is it that 90% of tech startups fail?  After years of work, real data is now becoming available.

    April 4th 2014

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  8. Connectivity and Contentment

    Indonesia is the latest country to announce an ambitious Fibre To The Premises rollout, promising 10Gb down and 2.5Gb upload speeds.  Even with a budget of $100bn, it’s a daunting task, particularly that Indonesia is targeting 20 million homes spread over 900 inhabited islands.  Indonesia is also in the news as it has topped another poll for apparently being the happiest country to live in, according to a survey from Ipsos.  Connectivity beings many benefits, but is contentment one of them?

    March 28th 2014

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  9. How Big Should Big Data Be?

    Big Data is another one of those terms that’s been over hyped, but underneath the rhetoric, there are continual advances in pulling out ever more pertinent information from masses of data.  Yet, how come one of the biggest record databases in the UK (the NHS Care.data, now delayed for a further 6 months due to user concerns) has got into such a mess?  Has big data got too big for it’s boots?

    February 28th 2014

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  10. Complexity is the Hidden Killer

    One of the great accomplishments of the technology sector is it’s ability to make increasingly complex systems easy to use.  Whether you think of Windows, Skyboxes or iPhones, you are using multiple layers of technology to convert the simple things that we can do (swipe, tap, press) into fiendishly complex operations.  But are we like the hungry caterpillar, gorging ourselves on each new temptation without thinking of the consequences?  

    February 7th 2014

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  11. Being Fast Moving Does Not Mean “Proceed Directly to Go”

    According to latest figures there is a record number of technology start-ups appearing not only in the UK, but in Europe, the US and Asia.  As the economic crisis of the late noughties starts to ease there’s a sense of needing to take advantage of cheap money before recovery starts to edge up pressure on interest rates.  But is there time to get a technology start-up going and proceed all the way to exit within this economic cycle?

    January 17th 2014

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  12. Cambridge secures £50M of innovation funding

    Cambridge has long been a hotspot for innovative thinking (that was a Fenland apple that landed n Newton’s head) and was one of the first locations to realise the commercial potential of great ideas.

    November 11th 2013

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