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Don’t think of it as technology, it’s just life as we’re going to know it

We’ve all heard that the CEO also needs to be the CTO – it’s a truth that we can’t ignore. Technology in business as in our lives is no longer something ‘separate’, it’s a part of it. We don’t see our smartphones as a technological device, we see it as part of our lives. The same goes for how businesses see the role of technology within their organisations. Something which is particularly relevant to the property sector. From wellbeing to finance, home life to workplace, consumers... Read More >

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AI is not a silver bullet for cyber security Will AI really improve cyber security?
The number of criminal cyberattacks keep rising and we are still fairly in the dark when it comes to how best to tackle them. AI is often seen as the holy grail that will save us from hackers and ransomware. But will it actually be able to Read More >
DIGITISING THE NHS: OPPORTUNITY OR LIABILITY? Healthcare apps, digital innovation and data security
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Will lab-grown meat really change the future of food? Sustainability can only truly be achieved through innovation
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How smartphones are helping to save the planet Smartphones are incredibly useful. Whether we use them wisely is up to us
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PropTech in Block Management The impact of technology on property management
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NHS Pollwatch Apps are an obvious way in which a cash-strapped NHS can help ease the burden
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Good in a crisis 2018 reminded us that crises can hit any sector and the public response can be brutal in impact
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TURN THE WHITE HEAT DOWN Recent polling of MPs by ComRes reveals that three quarters (75%) believe there needs to be more regulation of the technology sector generally
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The importance of the IoT within the sector The applications of new technologies in your building system can have endless possibilities.
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The EU’s war on what makes the internet great Why does the EU want to ban memes?
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Britain has the chance to lead the world in AI. Will we take it? Britain's AI scene is messy. But that could be an advantage
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Robots are coming for our jobs. Isn’t that great? Technological changes have made work more fun and less dangerous
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Data, data everywhere but what to do? What is ‘Big Data’ and is it a problem or a solution?
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Speak up! Smart home technology finds its voice in 2018
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