Author Archives: Martin Hamilton

About Martin Hamilton

Futurist at Jisc

Report: Blockchain in research and education (draft)

TL;DR: This is a short report that looks at the potential in research and education of blockchain, the technology that underpins the Bitcoin virtual currency. Blockchain is currently at the peak of the hype cycle, so I spend a little time looking at how we can identify what’s realistic and avoid inflated expectations. Blockchain’s Bitcoin origins … Read more

The Quiet Rise of Google Cardboard

The tech everyone wanted to try out at the Jisc Digital Festival this year (digifest15) didn’t cost hundreds of pounds – instead it was an ultra low cost virtual reality headset based on the Google Cardboard design, which you simply slot your Android phone into. Google Cardboard is the successful virtual reality product you might not … Read more

A Digital Dark Age?

Most of us now have a cupboard or two’s worth of old media that we’re keeping because one day we might want to go back to it. Floppy disks, old hard drives, audio and video cassettes, CDs and so on. But how many of us no longer posses a device capable of reading/playing that media? There’s a software … Read more

Where Does the Self-Driving Car Leave the Taxi Driver?

As service users or consumers, we love that the Internet removes intermediaries. Just think: one click to buy and download a new book or album, everyone now able to “publish” their thoughts and ideas to a potentially global audience, the rise of the citizen journalist and citizen science, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding, and so on. Future generations will undoubtedly … Read more

Google Knows What Makes Your Heart Beat Faster

“He sees you when you’re sleeping He knows when you’re awake He knows if you’ve been bad or good So be good for goodness sake” – from Santa Claus is Coming to Town, by Haven Gillespie / J. Fred Coots   Stephen Wolfram made headlines back in 2012 when he revealed that he had been “life … Read more

The Day of Forever – Infinite Storage and the Future of Corporate IT

If anyone remembers June 25th 2014, it will probably be because of rising tensions in the Ukraine, or footballing incidents. But there’s something else – this was the day that Google announced their Drive for Work product, offering unlimited Google Drive storage for a nominal fee to business users via the Google Apps suite. Infinite storage had previously been … Read more