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Building the Future

The very entertaining Tim Minshall gives an overview of the importance of engineers in this TEDxGranta talk. Using just ten words, he explains what engineers do and just why we need to challenge societal perceptions of what they do and encourage more kids to get involved. It’s 18 minutes long, but it’s 18 minutes well … Continue reading

A Fab Lab for Norwich

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am interested in the Open Hardware Community, the maker movement, and all things creatively digital. I’ve regularly used this blog to write about these interests and to detail why I think they’re important. I’ve also written about the need to encourage collaboration (most recently here) and … Continue reading

The ultimate slice of geek Pi

Yesterday I was at the annual Cambridge Science Festival – a two-week celebration of science, technology and engineering. One of the demonstrations that really struck a chord was at the Institute for Manufacturing by Raspberry Pi – the mini computer which is designed to help children develop (pun intended) a love of coding, programming and … Continue reading

The rise of the Maker movement

Great discussion on Al Jazeera’s The Stream programme on the rise of the Maker movement. You can see the entire episode below here: It features Bre Pettis of MakerBot, Dale Dougherty founder of Make, and the incredible open source toolkit. There’s some great insight from Emeka Okafor founder of Maker Faire Africa too. Worth a watch. You … Continue reading

Making waves

Nice interview with Maker Faire founder Dale Dougherty on the importance of making. Six minutes long, worth a look.

TWTFTW: Calendars mean nothing to me…

That was the fortnight that was Despite my good intentions, once again this feature has been about as regular as a dog with constipation. I apologise for the rather graphic simile but it’s late and I’m feeling guilty. So in a bid to pretend that I have been carrying out a punishing blogging schedule I … Continue reading

TWTWTW: Sherlock boosts books

In shock news I have kept my promise and am posting my weekly round-up. In less shocking news, due to being away from the web for a couple of days while training in London – I know, I should be saving these fascinating insights for my autobiography– it’s a slightly truncated one. Sherlock turns new … Continue reading

TWTWTW: These are the snowflakes you’re looking for?

In a week in which we said goodbye to Christopher Hitchens and Vaclav Havel here’s my week on the web. Hoping to get back to a more regular (and varied) set of posts now that AI Class is out-of-the-way (ish). Anyway time to plough on with what the wonderful world of the interweb has to … Continue reading

TWTWTW: Movies, making and more

Another week has ticked by, the World Serie has just got underway, it’s been a terrible, tragic week for motorsport and an historic one for Libya. As usual I’m eschewing all that, for the stuff that has interested me on the interweb this week  The sequel’s afoot  The new trailer for Sherlock Holmes: A Game … Continue reading

TWTWTW: Calling occupants of interplanetary craft – but not from Blackberry

This week I was looking forward to two things. The start of AI-Class and a new Comic Strip Presents… One of these things was a crushing disappointment. The other is a brilliant experiment to teach 160,000 students the basics of artificial intelligence. Here’s what else caught my eye this week. Machine Learning This week saw … Continue reading