My blog posts
The film Bladerunner was famously set in 2019, but the year ahead doesn’t have to be a tech noir dystopia. Technology has already transformed our lives for the... >>
Writing in yesterday's Telegraph, secretary of state for education Damian Hinds outlined his vision for education technology - or edtech - talking about the “... >>
It’s official - up to 800 million global workers will be replaced by robots and AI by 2030 . A rethink of education is needed to keep humans employed, but should universities be concerned about the robotic takeover? >>
I lead the future and emerging technologies team for Jisc, operators of the Janet network.
My role is all about generating and channelling new ideas and building partnerships to bring them to fruition.
I am particularly interested in the societal implications of ubiquitous robotics and artificial intelligence, and humanity's emergence as a true interplanetary species.
You might think that being a futurist is all about jet packs and flying cars - and to an extent it is. However, I also spend a lot of my time looking out for things that are emerging from the research lab that we can trial or prototype.
The idea is that some of these will go on to become part of Jisc's portfolio of solutions. Sometimes these are commercial products, but there are also a lot of interesting things happening at colleges and universities that have wide applicability and are potentially transferable with a little central support.
Cheating 2.0: beware the darker side of AI
TES, May 2018
Welcome to the future: the tech we can expect in 2018
The Big Issue, January 2018
Education technology: what does 2018 have in store?
Times Higher Education, December 2017
Could Bitcoin technology help science?
Nature, December 2017