1. The rest of the world is working less hours and eating more regular meals than I do.
The claim by Holly Goodier of the BBC that only 10% of the UK are at work at 6pm and that the majority of people eat their tea at 5pm was treated with much scepticism across twitter.
@foodiesarah no way. Don’t believe that for 1 second. Rush hour traffic would show a lot of people are on move at that time, if not working
— Sarah Jones (@SarahTVNews) May 21, 2015
2. That some of the most important innovations happen via unsexy old technologies.
A timely reminder from both Ken Banks that the old and trusted technologies such as SMS and solar panels continue to have vital, even life-saving applications. But that new technologies, such as drones are proving valuable. In a separate session, Patrick Mier demonstrated their application in humanitarian work.
3. Getting the multi million investment deal is the start if a whole lot more Hassle…..
Being involved in start-ups (this and now this) means spending a lot time, thought and energy attempting to attract THE ONE, that investor which means hires can happen and those growth charts boom. But UK entrepreneur of the year Alexandra Depledge brought some no-nonsense experience to the matter revealing that, after raising $6m (and crying), she knew it would lead to yet another round and even more challenges to face.
5. Artificial intelligence probably won’t mean a humanoid army coming to destroy us. (Unless the speakers were actually sent by robot overlords to mislead us, of course). Instead they may save our lives by entering our bodies to treat our ills with robotic surgeons and implated devices as Dr. Catherine Mohr explained.
6. Sounds unlikely, but Live coding on stage is actually a good performance. Or at least it was when Sam Aaron And Seb Lee-Delisle did it. Seb used his demo to show a tiny part of what was involved in creating this incredible digital firework display.
8. We are all data slaves Jennifer Morone.
One woman’s answer – to incorporate herself and exploit those resources. Everything she is biologically and intellectually, everything she does, learns or creates has the potential to be turned into profits.
9. Journalism needs to take a long hard look at how useful, valuable and beautiful the data visualisations it produces are.
Stefanie Posavec made our reliance on big numbers and charts look prehistoric with her visualisations.
10. Finally I have an answer to why my electricity bill is so much higher than I think it should be.
Andy Stanford-clark has the house that tweets – he has wired up just about everything that can be measured and collects huge amounts of data from that. On analysing it, he discovered (among many more things) that leaving three laptops on standby costs a whopping £120 a year.
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