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A legal revolution to re-start innovation evolution

Innovation is expensive and wasteful, and it doesn’t matter if you’re living tissue or leading-edge technology, the same rules apply. What we need is a revolution in patent legislation to help start an evolution of innovation…

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Apple Microsoft Software & Hardware

Picture it — iOS on Canon, Nikon camera hardware

And at that moment, I realized the limitations of my iPhone; the camera just ain’t what it ought to be. Why? Microsoft Photosynth is asking a question the iPhone can’t answer. But if Apple teamed up with Canon, Nikon et al, and got iOS running on their camera hardware…

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Personal Rants & Raves Science & Physics

Beyond belief

Easter came and went a bit like Christmas, in that we’re all for the festivities, the food and the fun, but just don’t talk about religion. Meanwhile, a man wearing an odd-looking dress and silly hat bemoans the fact we’re no longer taking him or his beliefs seriously, amidst on-going claims that a supernatural being created the world in seven days, or something…

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Science & Physics Technology

The dangers of drones and a Terminator apocalypse

OK, so at 8:11pm on April 19th, the military-designed artificial intelligence system called Skynet didn’t become self-aware and turn against its creators. And the real chances of a Terminator-style robotic armageddon any time soon? None, with a precision of several decimal places. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have to stop worrying just yet — just ask Britain’s Ministry of Defence.

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Will earthquake-hit Japan herald a “greener” energy future?

With each passing day, the earthquake and tsunami stricken nuclear reactors skirting the wrecked east coast of Japan bring into sharp focus the questions concerning the reliability of nuclear power. Could the events in Japan hasten development of “greener”, sustainable energy technologies?