31 May 2009
I seem to spend a lot of time giving introductory talks about the work of the Technology Strategy Board recently, so it was a nice challenge to be asked to contribute to the RIBA Seminar of Settlement. The subject of this meeting was something we have been increasingly aware of – the impact of technology on the way we live – and we (the presenters) were asked to think about what would be different in 20 years. That got me thinking about predicting the future and the different approaches needed for different timescales.
17 May 2009
The last few weeks week seem to have developed a rather biological, or life sciences, theme. The other Wednesday I attended a meeting of the Foundation for Science and Technology where they discussed whether it was possible to put a value on biodiversity. I won’t pretend to summarise the lectures or discussion, they will be made available soon through the Foundations website, but it did bring home to me the complexity of the biosphere that we are part of and how little we understand the inter-relationships within.
04 May 2009
There are many questions I have run into during my career, but the most vexing has been that of valuing research. So I was interested to read a well-balanced piece in the Time Higher Education last week.
01 May 2009
I have been living in the digital world for some time, but have only just realised it! I have 3 children, who think that it is all totally normal, and who have guided me into the wider aspects of this world. From the early, monochrome, games that tested their visio-spatial skills, through exploration of increasingly sophisticated worlds collecting and bartering goods, the exploration of post apocalyptic worlds destroying the undead, driving around various US cities to the current global social interactions they have with people they may never physically meet, they have educated me to a world that is wholly new.