AI… playing god?

Wow… this is when ethics become real. I’ve always felt an equal level of excitement and unease about AI. There are amazing opportunities and possibilities that machines and technology can help us with. But there are also a number of risks around taking humans out of the equation. This example of the driverless car (and …

wow!

  At the National Portrait Gallery for a quick visit before a meeting today, this picture stopped me in my tracks. At first glance it looked like a photograph, but the label stated that it was oil on canvas. Wow! I was really drawn to it and studied the painting for a while. Even on …

LOL…

Laugh out loud? Lots of love? Lemon or lime? There can be many meanings for the abbreviation “lol”. In this poster from Southeastern, it stands for “Leaves on line”. When we communicate with others, we generally assume that we have a shared understanding of the meaning of the words we use. But this can be …

all that shines…

On my way to the station the other morning I noticed this rug in the window of my local department store. It shone golden in the autumn sun, and only when I looked closer did I notice the design: it was a new rug masquerading as an old, worn and threadbare one. It made me …

we’re travelling at…

  A few weeks ago, I went to Paris for a piece of work and travelled on the Eurostar, a train with a cruising pace of around 270km/hour. We take it for granted, but it’s a staggering speed machine! Nowadays, everything is going faster. And when it comes to IT projects, speed is one of …

e-mails, e-mails, e-mails…

Are your emails taking over your life? Do you find that however hard you try, you never quite get on top of your inbox? So you find that work is always on your mind. And you’re logging on and going through a few more e-mails whenever you have a spare moment, and last thing at …

my “stop and be” spot

  There is something very soothing about sitting by the ocean with a breeze on your face and watching the waves roll in. When I am here, my mind clears of all my thoughts and I am just caught up in the repetitive sounds of moving water. And that feels so restful. We can all …

bending the mind

  Today, I discovered the incredible work by Patrick Hughes. His ‘reverspective’ paintings explore perspective and visual paradox in three-dimensional pieces that are beautiful and mind-bending in equal measure! When we stand still, each painting seems flat and two-dimensional. As soon as we move, the image appears to move with us, it takes on a …

did you say yard sale?

Building on last year’s huge success, I organized the Tunbridge Wells town-wide Yard Sale again last month. And what a fun day it was, with over 130 participants setting up stalls all over town! This big free community event is like a car boot sale, with participants selling from their front gardens or driveways. A …

let it hang…

Fortnum & Masons have got it right: somewhere to hang your stuff when washing your hands in the ladies’. This is one of my pet hates about not only public facilities, but also hotel bathrooms etc… You just can’t do the task at hand when you are juggling your handbag, jacket, shopping… It all gets …