Innovation and Technology

Blockchain policy inertia: Where’s the disruption?

By Aisha Sobey Blockchain has been framed as a technology that could alter the shape of the world dramatically in the coming decades, influencing how we act and govern ourselves as a society, as the decentralised nature of Blockchain means that these networks wouldn’t be controlled by one person, group, corporation or government.

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A Cutting-edge IP Litigation: the European Front of CRISPR Patent War

By Michele Sanguanini CRISPR/Cas9 is a gene editing technology that is revolutionising the way that scientists design biomedical research. In addition to this, CRISPR/Cas9 is opening promising avenues for applications in gene therapy, manufacturing, and agriculture. The commercial and disruptive potential of this invention is so promising that it sparked a ‘gold rush’ towards patenting

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Building a secure, quantum internet for the future: will the UK’s science policy keep up?

By Alex Koehler-Sidki The digital world is changing fast; the computing power of today’s smartphones outpaces that of supercomputers from just twenty-five years ago. We can video-call people on the opposite side of the globe, and we trust that our data are transmitted securely from one device to another. But, given this breathless speed of

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Income Inequality and the Internet of Things: interesting links between ‘socially just’ and ‘environmentally sustainable’

“In these cases, what seems to be crucial is the connection between efforts to reduce inequality and to adopt technologies in sectors such as water and waste management, which are absolutely crucial for Climate Change policies. In terms of policy, it appears that ‘socially just’ is very close to ‘environmentally sustainable.’” By Nicolás Valenzuela-Levi Public interest on income inequality increased during the last decade. Among scholars,

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Special Issue 2017: Science, Technology & Inequality

  The Special Issue 2017 is dedicated to the tensions between science, technology, policy and inequality. Inside we have articles by four wonderful authors covering gender, income inequality, solar panels, universal basic income, network technologies and much more. Look no further for a glimpse into the ongoing negotiation between society and science.   The Special

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Competition Impacts of Energy Tariff Options: There and Back Again

The broad question looming over these recommendations is this: will this new intervention – which is essentially a negation of the previous one – bring about positive outcomes for the consumers? by Paul Monroe Ensuring sufficient competition in the energy market is a key role of the regulator. One of the most popular measures for

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Eye in the Sky: Predicted Future Issues of the Proliferation of Commercial Remote Sensing

The proliferation of commercial remote sensing satellites has increased the availability of satellite images. This new technology will have positive and negative effects on society due to the dual nature of satellite imagery. by James Kilroe The proliferation of commercial remote sensing satellites has increased the availability of satellite images. These images are predicted to

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Advanced Artificial Intelligence: Policy and Strategy

Current technology is still a long way from human-level general intelligence, but with high stakes involved we cannot afford to proceed via trial and error and must begin to engage with these issues now. by Beth Barnes AI technology has the potential to bring huge benefits to society. It is also possible that advanced Artificial

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The Opportunities and Risks of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Healthcare

by Dr. Sobia Hamid Artificial Intelligence is increasingly being applied in healthcare and medicine, with the greatest impact being achieved thus far in medical imaging. These are technologies that are capable of performing a task that usually requires human perception and judgement, which can make them controversial in a healthcare setting. In this article we will

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Policy in the Face of Uncertainty: The Smart Meter Dilemma

by Victoria Plutshack Smart technologies, which can communicate and share information, have been hailed as a panacea for a range of our energy problems. The possibilities for energy savings and greater energy efficiency are enormous. The first step in realizing the smart vision of the future is the humble smart meter, which is due to be

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