Fairfax Tech Talk Column

Fairfax Tech Talk Column

31.1.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 183


“Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.” And so began each weekly episode of the ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ which ran from 1973 to 1978. Steve Austin, the fictional bionic man, had his legs replaced to allow him to run at 60mph; one eye replaced to give him zoom level of 20.2 times and his right arm replaced with a unit that gave hi ..

24.1.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 182


Put your hand up if you would like information on your mobile phone to be secure. Photos of your kids that you have taken on your phone to be kept private. E-mails from work about new product launches to remain just with employees. Posting information on social media to be limited to you. That type of thing. I would be surprised if your hand is not currently in the air. There aren’t too many people who would be happy if everything they have on their phone – their bank account ..

17.1.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 181


Henry Ellsworth, former Commissioner of the U.S. Patent Office, delivered his annual report to congress. In that report he stated: “The advancement of the arts, from year to year, taxes our credulity and seems to presage the arrival of that period when human improvement must end.” The year? 1843. In the previous year, a record 490 patents had been approved. It is hard to say when human improvement will end but in 2019, 311,000 patents were approved by that same office. One of ..

10.1.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 180


One of the traits I most admire about the human race is the ability to be creative and innovative in solving problems. Go back to circa 3500 B.C. when the Mesopotamians invented the wheel or the Egyptians invented the nail as a fastener then jump to 1439 when Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press or consider more modern inventions such as light bulbs and telephones and vaccines and…well, name your favourite invention or discovery. The list is extensive. It is obvious to a ..

03.1.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 179


Data shows that 92 per cent of all resolutions made in the heady euphoria of 1 January are unsuccessful so I thought I may as well start the New Year by breaking my recurring resolution. Every year I tell my readers it is simply too hard to make one-year technology predictions so I promise that each year will be my last…yet here I am again making predictions that I know are going to make me look silly in 12 months. Ripping that band-aid right off… Electric vehicles: Gl ..