Month: June 2018

A place for Pride: Welcome to the House of STEM

“Stick to the science, idiots!” If you had succumbed to the 3pm slump on day one of Inspirefest, Dr Shaun O’Boyle’s opening line surely snapped you out of the lull. Introducing the first ever international day for LGBTQ people in STEM (LGBTSTEM Day), which is set to take place on 5 July this year, science…
Read more

‘We want to make Ireland the centre of the universe for autonomous cars’

While we tend to look at what’s going on in Silicon Valley and China for the latest in autonomous car development, little do people know that Ireland is quietly becoming one of Europe’s biggest developmental hotbeds for the technology. ‘Driving’ much of this development is the recently established Jaguar Land Rover automotive research centre in…
Read more

Twitter makes ad transparency tools available to all users

Twitter has announced it will display detailed data on its advertisers to any user. The feature, launched yesterday (28 June), will allow anyone to be able to search for an account and examine every ad run by said account over the past seven days. In the US, users will be able to see billing data,…
Read more

Weekend takeaway: Tech disrupters of the world unite!

Tech disrupters urged to apply for Irish Government’s new €500m fund Image: Zapp2Photo/Shutterstock Gather up your bots and your old tin cans! Gráinne Morrison: Who is the future human of Dublin Airport? Gráinne Morrison, futurist, Future Factory at Dublin Airport, speaking at Inspirefest 2018. Image: Conor McCabe Photography At Inspirefest 2018, Gráinne Morrison from The…
Read more

Google Cloud’s Gareth Morgan: ‘This is a $1trn global opportunity’

Gareth Morgan is vice-president of Google Cloud, Inside Sales. Prior to this he held a variety of leadership positions at Google spanning global customer experience, advertiser services EMEA and global ad operations. Before joining Google in 2010, Morgan worked with McKinsey and Ernst & Young. He qualified as a chartered accountant and undertook an MBA…
Read more

How to best shape the shapers of young minds

Our society has undergone some drastic changes in recent years. The advent of the computer and the proliferation of the internet has already sent ripples of change through our world, and emerging technologies such as AI and blockchain promise to bring about an even greater transformation. In many ways, these technologies provide our world with…
Read more

Gráinne Morrison: Who is the future human of Dublin Airport?

Airports in the coming years will look an awful lot different to how they do today as research teams go to great lengths to find ways of making the whole trip to the airport and beyond considerably smoother. One of the noticeable trends already starting to take shape is increasing automation, highlighted by recent events…
Read more

Light up, light up: Can EU leverage broadband investment up to €1bn?

Yesterday (27 June), the European Commission (EC) and the European Investment Bank (EIB), along with French, German and Italian banks, created the first pooled €420m fund to finance broadband infrastructure. Called the Connecting Europe Broadband Fund, it will be managed by Cube Infrastructure Managers (Cube IM) and aims to pool around €500m for guaranteeing broadband…
Read more

‘Laser-guided chemical warhead’ is a powerful new antibiotic weapon

The idea of an ‘antibiotic apocalypse’ is not as science-fiction as it sounds, with healthcare systems and researchers very worried that our overuse of such medication is approaching the point where all antibiotics become useless against even the most common of infections. With no new antibiotics developed in the past 70 years, new efforts are…
Read more

Listen to this documentary and learn what it’s like to be trans in Ireland

June is the month of Pride, a movement that began in Stonewall, New York, and was initiated by activists such as Marsha P Johnson. The word ‘transgender’ wasn’t commonly used in Johnson’s lifetime, but she is seen through a modern-day prism as a prominent gender non-conforming figurehead in LGBTQ history. Saturday (30 June) will be…
Read more