May 12

Blast from the past

Years ago in New York City, I had a funk band called, Your Monkey’s Not Funny. At various times it was called, Calamity Jane, Magnetic Dog Sisters, Spiny Norman (and once Spiny Richard due to confusion on the part of the booker at CBGB.) Various members at times included Steffen Franz, David Azarch, Tom Hamilton, […]

April 10

STEAM POWERED: WHY ARTS IS KEY TO ENGAGING STUDENTS IN ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY

A blog post of mine for the National Film and Television School:  https://www.nfts.co.uk/news/steam-powered-why-arts-key-engaging-students-engineering-technology National Film and Television School Head of Technology, John Maxwell Hobbs considers why the UK is facing a skills gap in broadcast engineering and how an increased focus on the arts could be the key: “There’s a lot of focus on what’s […]

October 03

Why the industry needs more broadcast engineers 

An interview I did for the National Film and Television School https://www.nfts.co.uk/news/why-industry-needs-more-broadcast-engineers Top technologist and former BBC Scotland Head of Technology John Maxwell Hobbs has been appointed to lead the National Film and Television School Production Technology MA. The Masters has been introduced to tackle a shortage of broadcast engineers and fill a looming skills […]

November 06

Why We Can’t Solve Big Problems | MIT Technology Review

A very thoughtful piece that’s worth a read. via Why We Can’t Solve Big Problems | MIT Technology Review.

November 04

Talking about the future of traditional broadcasting

I’m really excited to be giving one of the keynotes for this year’s conference of the International Associates of Broadcast Manufacturers on the 4th of December in London. I’m talking about how traditional broadcasters can adapt to a radically changing world. http://www.theiabm.org/events/iabm-2015-annual-conference/schedule.html

October 24

The return of chaos theory.

Continuing the thread of non-linear, non-Euclidian, non-Newtonian thinking here.  It looks like chaos theory is making a comeback after 20 years.  And about time too.  It’s time to put an end to the concept of data-driven certainty. via Chaos Theory in Ecology Predicts Future Populations | Quanta Magazine.

October 20

The problem with our data-driven world | Fusion

We live in a messy, non-Euclidian, non-Newtonian world, and all attempts to pretend we don’t have extremely negative unintended consequences: via The problem with our data-driven world | Fusion.