Blockchain and the Real World

There is a theory that any innovation follows a lifecycle that is shaped like an S-curve and goes through a number of distinct stages: ferment, takeoff, maturity, and discontinuity. There is another stage that comes between fermentation and takeoff, when the fence-sitters are still in the majority, and really aren’t that sure whether the innovation Read more about Blockchain and the Real World[…]

VR and AR

What’s bubbling in Augmented and Virtual Reality?

There was a full house at Newcastle Arts Centre on a sunny but cold May evening where Sphere Network members were treated to a real insight into the present-day sci fi of augmented and virtual reality. We started with a bit of jargon busting from Hedgehog Lab‘s Shaun Allen, who explained that the term ‘XR’, Read more about What’s bubbling in Augmented and Virtual Reality?[…]

Connected travel

Travel and transport in a connected world

When a passenger recently tweeted @My_Metro to ask abut a service delay, the operator was concerned. “Have there been no announcements?” they asked. “I don’t know,” came the response. “I’ve got my headphones on.” The expectations of consumers increasingly involve spontaneous technical solutions, not simply in communication but in all aspects of travel. Our connected Read more about Travel and transport in a connected world[…]

Internet of Things

Internet of Things – Opportunity or Threat?

This event was the first in a series of sessions the Sphere Network will be holding to discuss the growth of IoT and IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things). Facilitated by Charles Sellers, and hosted by Northumbria University, the event was a sell out and we had a full house in lecture room A110 in the Read more about Internet of Things – Opportunity or Threat?[…]

Future of Work

Exploring the Future of Work

With a very diverse audience with expertise in many different sectors we gathered to look at different perspectives on the future of work and to explore our own vision & preferences for our future work too. The plan was to explore four perspectives: research and evidence being collected now; how these results correlate with how Read more about Exploring the Future of Work[…]

Cybersecurity

Meeting the challenges of cybersecurity

Cybersecurity was the hot topic on a cold night in Sunderland. Sphere Network was delighted to co-host this event with BCS North East, bringing a group of Masters students together with businesses to examine the challenges and opportunities of the increasingly fraught arena of cybercrime. The cybersecurity landscape is complex, and while the threats have Read more about Meeting the challenges of cybersecurity[…]

Ageing Population

The Opportunity of Ageing

The Opportunity of Ageing The challenges of population ageing in a digital age were debated by Sphere Network members at the November round table event, hosted by the Northern Design Centre at Baltimore House. Attendees were drawn from multiple sectors, with representatives from the National Innovation Centre for Ageing; the Institute for Ageing; the Future Read more about The Opportunity of Ageing[…]

Advanced Analytics

Decoding Artificial Intelligence

What is Artificial Intelligence? Attendees at October’s Sphere Network event addressed this question, and pooled their collective knowledge of machine learning, advanced analytics, AI applications, and ethics. This blog is an attempt to distill the broad and fascinating discussion into a few hundred words from many pages of comprehensive notes. First, definitions. “Artificial intelligence is Read more about Decoding Artificial Intelligence[…]

Blockchain

Kickstarting Blockchain Innovation

Sphere Network’s recent event brought a broad spectrum of experience and industry sectors to the table. The discussion was lively, wide-ranging, and could have gone on for hours as we tackled the innovation and the potential surrounding blockchain technology. Attendees represented industries including legal, software development, manufacture, process industry, fintech and financial services, information management, Read more about Kickstarting Blockchain Innovation[…]

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Application of Blockchain Technology

Blockchain is the new buzzword – but what does it mean for your sector? Is the technology appropriate for your business? Originally underpinning cryptocurrencies, starting with Bitcoin, the concept of distributed control is established in the world of financial technology (fintech). However, there is potential to apply the same technology solution to reform and streamline Read more about Application of Blockchain Technology[…]