The Bright Field

The Bright Field

I was recuperating in Wales from a knee operation recently and had the good fortune to be able to take this picture of the countryside near Abergavenny, just as the sun was breaking through the clouds and shining down onto a small corner of the landscape.  It reminded...
Data, data everywhere

Data, data everywhere

In the world of John Elfreth Watkins, an American futurologist who lived at the end of the nineteenth century, if you wanted to preserve information for future generations, you wrote it down or printed it.   But since the turn of the century, HP has already shipped...
Grey skies over Yellowstone

Grey skies over Yellowstone

In August 2013, we spent a week in Yellowstone National Park, which was the same humbling feeling you always experience whenever you get close up to Big Nature. Don’t be fooled by the tarmac roads and well lit camps.  Humanity can lose itself here, in every...
Bird’s Eye View

Bird’s Eye View

The interesting thing about flying is being able to see the division between brown and green, the weird demarcations between human ambition and nature’s conservatism, between the rapid and the hurried, and the patient and the timeless. In some places, the...
Glass ceilings and the limits of wearable technology

Glass ceilings and the limits of wearable technology

There have already been a large number of reported incidents of confrontation and even assault between wearers of Google Glass and members of the public not using a wearable device.  Sadly I think this is a vision of the future outside of the geek bubble the early...