Would You Trust “Doctor Artificial Intelligence”? (2 min read)

If you want to sound clever and entrepreneurial, just slip the words “machine learning”, “neural networks”, or “big data” into your conversations. Most people will pretend to know what you’re talking about and sound impressed. It makes it even easier, then, to simply re-label existing quantitative work as “machine learning” or “big data” and enjoy the halo effect. I should of course add that all my research is based on deep learning techniques using big data 🙂

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Given all of this I’ve been trying to find a good example where artificial intelligence (AI) has shown signs of making a difference Continue reading “Would You Trust “Doctor Artificial Intelligence”? (2 min read)”

What Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) Told Me…

…(and 85,000,000 others) a few weeks ago in a 6000 word essay entitled “Building Global Community” was fascinating.  He essentially formulates a view on how we can create a global community that works for all. Within the essay, he makes some astute observations on human behaviour and polarisation: Continue reading “What Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) Told Me…”

9 Cool New Useful Apps I’m Loving!

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I’m always on the look out for cool new apps and here’s nine of my latest discoveries

  1. Twizoo – there are loads of restaurant recommendation apps from curated ones like Time Out to user generated lists like Foursquare. This is completely different – at least visually. It generates bubbles of local restaurants/cafes. The size of the bubble shows how much Twitter traffic (or buzz) there is about the place and the colour represents how good the place is based on the content of the tweets. Green is good, yellow middling and red is bad.

Continue reading “9 Cool New Useful Apps I’m Loving!”

11 Podcasts To Enrich Your Life

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Podcasts are the hidden gems of the digital world. While everyone is streaming music, Netflix and chillin’ and e-reading, podcasts provide an amazing array of free on-demand audio content. I regularly download or stream podcasts on my commute to work or listen for hours on flights around the world. I subscribe to around 80 podcasts ranging from the cerebral to the silly. Here are 9 with specific episodes to give you a taste: Continue reading “11 Podcasts To Enrich Your Life”

Which Is the Cheapest Country To Buy An I-Phone?

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I travel a lot and so often compare prices of the same items to see which country is the cheapest. This is especially the case with expensive small devices like I-Phones, but I’m never quite sure whether I have got the best deal.

So I’ve trawled through Apple websites by country to find the cost of buying a standard issue I-Phone 6s. Continue reading “Which Is the Cheapest Country To Buy An I-Phone?”

Is the FinTech Utopia Just Around The Corner?

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Utopia: noun  uto·pia  \yu̇-ˈtō-pē-ə\; an imaginary and indefinitely remote place; an impractical scheme for social improvement

There is a common belief today that a coming technology utopia will solve all our problems with the financial system. This type of belief is not new – take a look at these quotes from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s:

 “The hottest item in the stock market these days is not a security but an automated quotations system called NASDAQ that is speedily revolutionizing the over-the-counter market…The new electronic system gives bid and asked prices on about 2,500 counter stocks” (“The Counter Revolution: NASDAQ Bringing Competition To Wall St”, New York Times, April 4, 1971) Continue reading “Is the FinTech Utopia Just Around The Corner?”

How the Year 2010 Changed the World

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We love to narrow turning points in history to certain years. When we think of 1939, we think World War 2, we when think 2001, we think 9/11 terrorist attacks and we think 2008, we think the global financial crisis. Each of these years had far-reaching impacts on the countries affected and the wider world.

However, there are some years that only later do we recognise as pivotal years in history. For me, 2010 has to be one such year. Continue reading “How the Year 2010 Changed the World”

Microbe Clouds: Our New Fingerprints!

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I came across a fascinating article in a recent issue of New Scientist. It describes how we all have our own unique microbe eco-system on our skin, which then rubs off into the air to form a microbe cloud, or external microbiome (the fancy name).  Continue reading “Microbe Clouds: Our New Fingerprints!”