Category Archives: innovation

Ireland’s drone opportunity

This was published in the Irish Times on the 31st August 2016. “Life is too short for traffic”. Poorly set traffic lights, few encouragements to keep traffic flowing, hardly any red light camera enforcements, and sheer volume of traffic all … Continue reading

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Singapore’s vs Ireland’s start-up ecosystems

A recent visit to Singapore inspired me to put pen to paper on a comparison with Ireland as a start-up ecosystem.  This was published on 8th February 2016: You’re a start-up executive and have opened your company in the heart … Continue reading

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What next with Cloud Computing?

Google made an interesting announcement this week.   It brought to mind Larry Ellison’s vision,  but then at the time mis-executed,  of a “network computer” (yes,  I know,  I have a few grey hairs). This piece was published in November…. … Continue reading

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Innovation – what are the missing gaps in Ireland ?

This piece was written after I had chaired the recent Irish Times/InterTrade Ireland Innovation Awards.  It was published on March 2nd 2015. “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”   This quote is often attributed to … Continue reading

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White knuckle aviation

This article was published by the Irish Times on 1st September last – 100 years after the first successful military aviation mission. “No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris…[because] no known motor can run at the requisite … Continue reading

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Cortana, Siri, and Google Now

This piece appeared in the Irish Times today.  As an aside,  I always find it interesting how a sub-editor subtly changes some of the text from my submitted original.   The sub-editor also choses a headline for the piece,  which I … Continue reading

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“Hands-free” smart phones – and cars also

I wrote this piece for the 10th March edition of the Irish Times.   My editor,  Michael McAleer, is both innovation and motoring editor,  and had just returned from the Geneva Motor Show,  which got me thinking 🙂 Smart phone apps abound … Continue reading

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