AI and Copyright. Who Will Own What?

It’s complicated. Actually, it’s so complicated that if you were a copyright lawyer you’d be pinching yourself because what’s happening right now can’t possibly be true; it must be a dream. Because you just hit paydirt, baby. For at least the next ten years. And you have generative AI to thank. Of course, if you’re […]

It’s Not Just Deepfake in the Future Which Should Worry Us

In the movie Interstellar, which begins in 2067, we are treated to a scene in a classroom. The School Principal is explaining to an exasperated parent that the Apollo mission to the moon never happened. It was a public relations scam to force the Soviet Union to bankrupt itself by trying to beat the Americans. […]

Palm Scanning Tech Poses Bigger Risks than Mere Surveillance

Tencent’s announcement yesterday that they intended to take palm scanning mainstream has early adopters swooning about convenience and late adopters frowning about security risks and surveillance. The tech itself was deployed by Kodak forty years ago and companies that use it today include Amazon and duty free retailers in some US airports. But now China-based […]

Can an Expanded BRICS have a Unified Mission at last?

This first week of January was, amongst other things, notable for the official inclusion of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Ethiopia and Iran into the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa consortium known as BRICS.  This puts the ink into the agreement pencilled in Johannesburg last year. Not to put a damper on things, but […]

Linda Yaccarino. Tech’s Biggest Loser in 2023

Remember Ted Turner? He was the media darling of the seventies, eighties and early nineties. He created the revolutionary TV news concept called CNN. Then he bought the Atlanta Braves baseball franchise and turned it into a World Series champion. He even skippered an America’s Cup victory – then, the highest profile yacht race in […]

The Spotify Layoff Email, Through the Lens of a Staff Member

DANIEL EK (CEO): Team, Over the last two years, we’ve put significant emphasis on building Spotify into a truly great and sustainable business – one designed to achieve our goal of being the world’s leading audio company and one that will consistently drive profitability and growth into the future. While we’ve made worthy strides, as I’ve […]

Apparently Air Traffic Control Needs AI Quicker Than We Thought

Drunk, Stoned and Depressed Air Traffic Controllers Guiding Your Plane “Hi everyone, this is your Captain again. We’re about 200 kilometres from Kennedy. We’ll be commencing our descent in two minutes.” After a long haul or a short haul, when you hear this, you can’t help but feel relieved you’ll be on the ground again […]

The Next Arabian Renaissance is Here

Riyadh Expo 2030 Announced I’m a westerner and I spent seven years of the previous decade in the United Arab Emirates. The news of Riyadh winning the bid to host World Expo 2030 came as no surprise at all. The volume and speed of societal progress recently has been barely comprehensible in the Kingdom and […]