WILL BITCOIN’S BUBBLE BURST?

As Bitcoin’s value surged well past $10,000 per coin, the media’s default description is “bubble” (usually shortly followed by “burst”) I’m not saying some kind of crash won’t happen, but here are three reasons for a counter-narrative: The software behind Bitcoin includes an automated cap on the total number of coins that can ever be…

YOUTUBE AND CHILD GROOMING

A Channel 4 News investigation reveals how adults have used YouTube to message young children and groom them into making inappropriate videos on-demand. Adults have used YouTube to message young children and groom them into making inappropriate videos on-demand, a Channel 4 News investigation can reveal. Once uploaded, the children’s videos receive comments requesting more…

IMMIGRATION ADVICE FOR MEGHAN MARKLE

I’m a tech journalist, not an immigration expert. But having been through a bit of this I thought I’d just run through what Ms Markle needs to know about applying for visas, etc. Presumably when you’ve come to the UK in the past you’ve used either a work or a tourist visa. Now you’re coming…

CRASHING A “DRIVERLESS” CAR

After yesterday’s post I got thinking more about our “driverless” future (ironically, while on a long drive in my 16-year-old Nissan). Truth is, there is no “driverless” future: there’s still a driver, we just have to think differently about who it is. Imagine a future scenario: I get into the car, type a postcode into…

WHEN IS A ROAD A ROAD?

The Chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement that he wants to see fully driverless cars “on the roads” by 2021 has grabbed headlines. But in fact, depending on your definition of a road, we’re already there. Fully driverless cars (ie. with no supervising driver) are already running in the UK. Trials were announced in four cities more…