How do quantum computers work and what are they used for?

How do quantum computers work and what are they used for?

The basic building blocks of a quantum computer are fundamentally different to their classical counterparts. Whereas a classical computer relies on the ‘on’ or ‘off’ of an electrical current, quantum computers rely on particular properties of microscopic particles that are observed to be in only one of two possible states.

How technology advancements can actually make us all worse off – the tug of war between competitive equilibrium and social optimality

How technology advancements can actually make us all worse off – the tug of war between competitive equilibrium and social optimality

Ever-present internet access and the ubiquity of smart phones have allowed real-time traffic apps like Waze and Google Maps to thrive. However, news headlines reveal some unintended consequences emerging due to the prevalence of these apps.

Wi-Fi tracking: great opportunities come with privacy concerns

Wi-Fi tracking: great opportunities come with privacy concerns

Tracking online behaviour has become central to the business model of many online services. By collecting and analysing large amounts of data online retailers offer advertisements tailored to individuals. Offline retailers are facing a serious disadvantage as they cannot reap the benefits of this very valuable information. However, they have found a different way of inconspicuously collecting useful data about their customers’ behaviour: Wi-Fi tracking.

Bridging the global technology gender gap

Bridging the global technology gender gap

Despite recent progression in gender equality, the technology sector is still lagging behind. Women struggle to reach the same technological access and opportunities as men; 250 million fewer women than men are online worldwide. Women in rural areas of less developed countries are often those which are most affected by this gap. 

Blockchain voting

Blockchain voting

There is one technology that shows particular promise in providing trust in the legitimacy of electoral processes and results: blockchain (see our earlier article on why everyone is talking about blockchain). Estonia’s successful implementation of internet voting, over a decade ago, has sparked new interest in using technological solutions to improve democratic elections.

How can assistive technologies aid dementia care?

How can assistive technologies aid dementia care?

According to the Alzheimer’s Society 850,000 people in the UK have dementia, with this figure predicted to rise and reach more than 1 million by 2025 and 2 million by 2051. One person every three minutes will develop dementia in the UK and a new dementia diagnosis is made every 4 seconds worldwide. Dementia is a broad term to describe a variety of brain disorders with the Alzheimer’s Society describing symptoms including “memory loss, confusion and problems with speech and understanding”.

Moving towards digital mental health treatment: opportunities and limitations

Moving towards digital mental health treatment: opportunities and limitations

According to the 2014 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey, one in five working age people in England has a mental health condition at a given point in time. Mental ill-health affects not just an individual’s health but it is also associated with high costs to the UK economy recently estimated between £74 billion and £99 billion per year.

The two-wheeled future of mobility: Dockless bike-sharing systems and a new ‘bike boom’ towards more sustainable transport

The two-wheeled future of mobility: Dockless bike-sharing systems and a new ‘bike boom’ towards more sustainable transport

The primary motivation behind the push for more sustainable transport is to mitigate externalities associated with private car use and urban sprawl, of which there are many. These negative societal impacts include traffic congestion, road incidents, air pollution, noise pollution, climate change, soil and water pollution, increased costs to provide municipal services, and energy dependency.