Category Archives: Ireland

President Zuckerberg

I wrote this as an observation on how effective and how powerful digital advertising has become in micro-targetting individuals and groups with specific well-tested messages.  Consequently it has become a powerful tool for influencing voting,  and Facebook has and is … Continue reading

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Watching Big Brother

I wrote this for the Irish Times as a short reflection on how the State watches us whilst we watch each other.  It was published on 27th April. John de Mol is a Dutch entrepreneur and media tycoon, who has … Continue reading

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High altitude wind turbines: a step above ground based turbines

I wrote this piece for the Irish Times for April 6th last.  I had been following Makani with interest for some time,  and thought it opportune to write abot the opportunities for Ireland.  Then,  by complete co-incidence a week later, … Continue reading

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Space: the final, increasingly accessible, frontier..

I wrote this piece about the accessibility of satellite technology for the Irish Times,  on March 16th last.. In October later this year, we will celebrate sixty years of space technology. On 4th October 1957, the Soviet Union launched the … Continue reading

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A lie told often enough becomes the truth.

This was published in the Irish Times on December 15th 2016. “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” The internet reverberates with catchy populism. The more attention that a piece attracts, the more that people promote it to their … Continue reading

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Why Ireland is a unique location for start-ups, having something that not even Silicon Valley has..

The unique advantage to Ireland for start-ups is not Croke Park (colloquially “Croker”).   Croker is the Irish national centre for our national sports – GAA football and hurling.  Playing there represents the pinnacle of achievement:  equivalent perhaps to Wembley … Continue reading

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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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