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Dry January and a sober state of mind

There’s the cacophony of invention coming out of Vegas courtesy of CES 2018

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Real solutions please that tackle the real problems head on
Real solutions please that tackle the real problems head on

So week 2, day 4 and January is proving to be anything but dry. It’s been heightened by Fire and Fury, calls for Oprah to be President, The Maybot reshuffle, the vulnerability of Apple devices to Spectre and Meltdown plus continued cryptocurrency mania. Phew!

Then there’s the cacophony of invention coming out of Vegas courtesy of CES 2018. Smart Cities, of course, take their place at this event with companies such as Bosch (which we highlight in our news this week) presenting a range of devices to improve city living. These include real-time air quality measurement and analysis, early flood warnings, and an automatic car parking service.

All very useful but it feels hard to cheer. There’s something extraneous in all of these clever, cool, cutting-edge sticking plasters. How do we tackle the disease and not just the symptoms?

Perhaps the greatest technology show on earth is one where there is absolutely no technology, just the great challenges and issues we are faced with. This gives us no choice but to come up with game-changing solutions that can be shared, adapted and legislated for.

I’m in a sober frame of mind and there’s serious work to be done.

Melony Rocque

Executive editor SCW

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