Last week saw some of Ireland's brightest technology minds gather at Cork's City hall for the 2017 Tech Summit to discuss topics that ranged from Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Healthtech, to Virtual Reality and the Future of Work. The conference was chaired by Anthony O’ Callaghan – Director of Analytics and Artificial Intelligence at Johnson Controls. Mr O’ Callaghan … Continue reading it@cork chair Caroline O’ Driscoll has big aspirations for the city by the Lee.
Speaking at Cork’s first ever Virtual Reality conference, Derek Gallagher – event host and founder of MavricVR – noted that “at present there is no VR or AR capital of Europe… and there will be”. Those unfamiliar with the abbreviations above might also be unaware that Cork City, and Ireland in general, is quietly emerging … Continue reading Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality to take-off in Cork
For the second year in a row, the city of Bristol was host to the Virtual Reality World Conference (VRWC) that saw over 750 delegates from 20+ countries arrive at England’s south-west coast. With over 36 expert speakers and 27 exhibiters, the VRWC is one of the world’s leading international VR events. The conference took … Continue reading Virtual Reality World Congress – Bristol, 2017 – VIDEO – Time to invest in VR?
As a tech-junkie, I saw the opportunity to interview Robert Scoble as a chance to converse with a man who could be perceived as a sort of conduit for all things technology and start-up related. Robert is the entrepreneur in residence at Upload VR – a company dedicated to accelerating the success of the immersive … Continue reading A conversation with Robert Scoble
The role of sound in Virtual Reality (VR) is a factor that can oftentimes be overlooked by the user because of the novelty of the visual experience, however, as people become more accustomed to and expectant of the technology, immersive audio may very well dictate who reigns supreme. Firstly, it is important to note that ‘hearing’ is the … Continue reading Music in VR – Balancing Information and Emotion
An exploration of Web 2.0, journalism and online news - a perspective based on bipartisan power structures, the ‘team-mentality’ and the psychology of online communities. Introduction Speaking on Capitol Hill following her defeat to Donald J. Trump in the US Presidential election, Hillary Rodham Clinton stated that there has been an “epidemic of malicious fake … Continue reading Web 2.0 and Journalism: a tool or a curse? An Academic Investigation.
My recent trip to Brussels - a city laden with armed officers since the 2016 terror attacks - was deeply insightful, but somewhat disturbing. As I walked around the European Parliament building, I noticed many police officers organizing their gear in a cluster towards the front of the "Station Europe" building located to the fore … Continue reading Protest outside European Parliament
After returning from a two week meditation retreat, coming across ‘ReImagineCork’ - a local volunteer organisation focused on making Cork beautiful by restoring laneways, urban green spaces and derelict buildings – seemed a little too in my face to ignore, having spent much of the break away, immersed in nature. The organisation was set up … Continue reading ReImagineCork – Contribution & Community
In recent years, there has been increased concerns over diesel-particle exposure in Ireland with an estimated "1,148 deaths in 2011" related to the harmful pollutants [SOURCE]. Recent studies that suggest that there may also be an association between specific neurological diseases (Alzheimer's) and exposure to tiny magnetic particles that are released during the combustion process. Researchers believe that the potential of … Continue reading Diesel Particulates and Ireland
Many of us know the feeling that accompanies the realization that there's something tucked neatly underneath your windshield wiper - the rage-eliciting "Parking Fine". With an average of 75 tickets being issued every day in Cork city - we look to see if we can make sense of the stark rise in tickets being issued over the … Continue reading Parking Fines – to appeal or not to appeal?