Newsroom Column

NewsroomIn March 2017, I began a weekly column at Newsoom, a news and current affairs website from New Zealand. It’s about emerging technologies and how they affect the world.

2017

June

26/6/17: A boom time for blockchain; the technology behind bitcoin has a high upside for the global economy.
19/6/17: Bitcoin startups stalled by banks; business is booming for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, yet local banks aren’t interested.
12/6/17: Your brain: the next frontier for startups; Brain-computer interfaces aren’t science fiction anymore. Elon Musk and Facebook are building them now.
6/6/17: Life after Moore’s Law; 3D chips, Quantum Computing, maybe even moving on from silicon chips. Just some of the ways computers might evolve.

May

29/5/17: Transport as a service: are we there yet?; Autonomous cars and car sharing, two tech trends that will converge as soon as 2020.
22/5/17: After Techweek, it’s not all kumbaya; my report from New Zealand’s second annual Techweek, and the first to go nationwide.
15/5/17: Virtual reality, actual problem; Virtual reality was supposed to revolutionise movies and transform our home entertainment systems, but so far Hollywood is unimpressed.
8/5/17: Smart cities encounter roadblocks; I speak with an ex-IBM Smart Cities exec and a passionate (but frustrated) tech advocate in the Christchurch rebuild.
1/5/17: Why our banks are friending FinTech startups; I check in with Kiwibank and its startup accelerator to find out where our FinTech revolution is.

April

24/4/17: How the West can be won over by m-payments; why we are so reluctant to use Apple Pay and similar mobile payment apps.
18/4/17: 3D printing: More than parts and props; is 3D printing this generation’s BASIC computing? I found out from two 3D printing entrepreneurs.
10/4/17: NZ should invest in startups, not houses; I talk to Xero CEO Rod Drury about how to compete in an increasingly protectionist world.
3/4/17: NZ could miss out on gene-editing revolution; Featuring interviews with the Environmental Protection Authority’s chief scientist, and a conservation geneticist.

March

27/3/17: Mixed reality set to soar while VR stays grounded; 2016 was supposed to be the year Virtual Reality made it big; instead, Mixed Reality burst onto the scene.
20/3/17: A dangerous new era in social engineering; examines how Facebook & Twitter are influencing political results. #trump #brexit
13/3/17: Why Google puts AI first; Google’s original motto, “Don’t Be Evil,” will be severely tested in the coming years.