Me, I'm going out to see whether I can find any iBeacons.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Me, I'm going out to see whether I can find any iBeacons.
Friday, May 09, 2014
Thursday, May 01, 2014
- James Younger, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Intellectual Property at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. This was significant because of his appearance rather than what he said. Several years of effort by the NMI have resulted in the UK government recognising the existence of our important industry sector. It was also interesting to hear a Conservative minister talking about Industrial Strategy.
- Hossein Yassaie, CEO Imagination. Interesting analysis comparing the UK and South Korea, and a restatement of his views (expounded in the ESCO report) on the importance of developing global brands.
- Keith Robertson, Linn. Argued that as things in the home become connected, opportunities arise to rethink (reimagine) how products and services are constructed. Keith looked at the recored music industry and how Linn has evolved its thinking. He gave a very nice example of product personalisation where the acoustic properties of individual speaker drivers are measured at assembly time and the digital processing within that speaker is tweak to optimise playback. Being Linn, it's not "mass customisation" but it points the way.
- Wally Rhines, Mentor. Interesting analysis of cost structures in microelectronics and the end of Moore's Law. To me he seemed to end up saying "but it will be alright, something will happen to make sure we continue of the learning curve". I have some sympathy for this view, I've seen the industry overcome enough "fundamental barriers" to have hope but.....
- Simon Knowles, Xmos. Set out his view that machine intelligence was a field ripe for commercial implementation if only we could do it economically. At the moment we are one or two orders of magnitude short of computational power, and with the death of Dennard scaling and the decline of Moore's law, we're not going to get their with conventional computer. Furthermore, some of the techniques we use to gain performance in conventional computers and GPUs (caches, vector units) don't work for machine intelligence applications. We need new, parallel architectures, to deliver machine intelligence at the consumer scale. Simon is positioning this as the largest opportunity since the computer.
- Finella Frost. Explained why I need to spend £2000 to improve the lighting in my home. Not many people I spoke to appeared to be convinced by Lighting 2.0.
- Anthony Baxendale, MIRA. Useful insight into some of the problems of increasing the amount of automation in road vehicles. Enjoyed the characterisation of different types of automation as "hands off" (e.g. parking assist) and "foot off" (adaptive cruise control) with "brain off" being the challenging step.
Friday, January 10, 2014
I wonder whether there is even a single human on the "special committee"? My money is a web-bot that scraped my name from LinkedIn.
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Saturday, December 07, 2013
I'm so slow - I went to Donna's gig at The Canteen in Bristol at the end of October and haven't got round to mentioning it. I was so pleased to see her live so many years after first coming across her work in Amplifico. It was a very good gig, she and Gideon Conn, played a lot of music from their new album* and some old favourites. I was pleased to pick up a copy of "Fists At The Sky" on proper CD. I'm a sucker for for physical media - I've bought the new album on vinyl, and I've not been able to play vinyl for at least a decade.
[*OK - it is an LP each side of which is an EP, one by Donna, one by Gideon. Of course, I'm old enough to remember when EPs were 7" vinyl with two tracks on each side. Donna's side does have four tracks, but Gideon's has five - go figure].
This is a photo of Donna paying her Uke:
and this is a video for the excellent "Highlights".
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
I'd been wondering about quite how Apple had been getting the impressive performance improved reported in some of the iPhone 5S v iPone 5 benchmarks. The improvement is better than could be explained just by the ISA changes, and it seemed unlikely that Apple would have made microarchitectural improvements that impacted only 64-bit mode. I've just read an article which sets out how Apple are exploiting the ARM64 architecture to speed up the critical software operations of object creation and destruction. To summarise, when supporting a 8 Gbyte virtual user address space (iOS7), a 64-bit value can contain many bits of information in addition to those needed to hold the address, and this is what Apple has done. The article's author, Mike Ash, reports very significant speed-ups (1.9x to 2.4x):
Thursday, August 29, 2013