Dick Pountain
Google owns my soul and I don’t miss it one bit
Google 'G' sign on phone in dark room
software as a service (SaaS)

Google owns my soul and I don’t miss it one bit

The shift to remote working has made me realise that my head is now firmly in the clouds
12 Aug 2020
Your thoughts and desires are no longer your own
Opinion

Your thoughts and desires are no longer your own

As societal nudges edge closer to super-nudges, is our “free” society starting to lose control of its own decision making?
14 Dec 2019
If you’re cynical about AI, I second that emotion
artificial intelligence (AI)

If you’re cynical about AI, I second that emotion

To understand why robots won’t rule the world, it helps to have a basic understanding of biology and consciousness
24 Nov 2019
Is the Net closing in on our freedom?
David vs evil robot Goliath
Technology

Is the Net closing in on our freedom?

Big tech companies are growing bigger thanks to us, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fight back
28 Jul 2019
Don’t fret about the AI bang, but the digital whimper
machine learning

Don’t fret about the AI bang, but the digital whimper

When it comes to the fate of humanity, it's useful to look at one of the world’s most celebrated poets
20 Apr 2019
Don't get hung up on your smartphone's phoney values
Mobile

Don't get hung up on your smartphone's phoney values

You could spend £1,000 on that new phone, or you could invest it in something Distinctive and Durable
16 Mar 2019
Don't hit the panic button just because AI hype is high
machine learning

Don't hit the panic button just because AI hype is high

AI can't replace us because we're emotionally complicated, but don't let those emotions rule it out
19 Jan 2019
Creating art on a computer screen is rational
Data & insights

Creating art on a computer screen is rational

Playing with numbers is a dangerous game that could lead to vertigo, nausea and pleasure
15 Dec 2018
Please don't leave the future to tech billionaires
Technology

Please don't leave the future to tech billionaires

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are brilliant at building businesses, but we shouldn't let them take control
17 Nov 2018
Why your next butler may be a self-replicating zombie
machine learning

Why your next butler may be a self-replicating zombie

Androids imbued with emotional AI might not be realistic, but be careful what you wish for
29 Sep 2018
Don't buy a premium phone, buy a crap one instead
Mobile

Don't buy a premium phone, buy a crap one instead

Using an older phone isn't just a smart economic move, it's a smart ecological move too
25 Aug 2018
Patch Tuesday is about to get much more interesting
antivirus

Patch Tuesday is about to get much more interesting

In the same way AV software spots threats, we could soon benefit from superpowered gene editing
2 Jun 2018
Is it nearly time to dump Windows for Chrome OS?
operating systems

Is it nearly time to dump Windows for Chrome OS?

Google shows Microsoft how it’s done with OS updates, but there’s still one thing missing
28 Apr 2018
When it comes to UX design, one espresso machine wins
user experience (UX)

When it comes to UX design, one espresso machine wins

The interface of any device should be intuitive, but why not make it delight the user as well?
14 Apr 2018
Why AI needs more human intelligence if it's to succeed
machine learning

Why AI needs more human intelligence if it's to succeed

That robot may be able to mimic what you say, but it can't attach meaning to the words
24 Mar 2018
With a bit of theory and cash, we can at last play
DNA
Business strategy

With a bit of theory and cash, we can at last play

Advanced genetic theory and processing power mean the game of life can be played for real
28 May 2017