Arab Spring: The First Smartphone Revolution

Social media and smartphones briefly gave youthful Arab Spring protesters a technological edge that helped topple ageing dictatorships a decade ago as their revolutionary spirit went viral.

Regimes across North Africa and the Middle East were caught flat-footed as the fervour of the popular uprisings spread at the speed of the internet via Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

An Egyptian demonstrator uses his mobile phone to take a picture of a burnt army tank during clashes in central Cairo on January 29, 2011 An Egyptian demonstrator uses his mobile phone to take a picture of a burnt army tank during clashes in central Cairo on January 29, 2011 Photo: AFP / Mohammed ABED

Unfortunately for the pro-democracy movements, autocratic states have since caught up in the digital arms race, adding cyber surveillance, online censorship and troll armies to their arsenals.

While the so-called Arab Spring offered a brief glimmer of hope for many, it ended with even more repressive regimes in most countries and devastating, ongoing wars in Syria, Libya and Yemen.

Nonetheless, say veterans of

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Roadside Attractions – A Startup’s Plan To Support Britain’s Green Car Revolution

Petrol driven cars are set to disappear from Britain’s roads rather sooner than expected. Under the government’s updated “Green Industrial Revolution” plan, every new car sold from 2030 onwards must be either electric or an approved hybrid. This replaces a previous deadline of 2040.   

All except the most hardened climate change skeptics will see this as a good thing, but a rapid transition to battery-powered mobility does pose certain short-term problems, not least in terms of providing a workable and user-friendly charging infrastructure.  

As things stand, even a rapid charging point will take around thirty minutes to pump up a battery from empty to full. Arguably that’s not too bad, but it compares unfavorably with the two or three minutes required to fill a petrol tank. Yes, you’re helping to save the planet but a half-hour wait is less than convenient.  


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Logistics sector ‘won’t avoid the touchless technology revolution’ | United Arab Emirates | Supply Chain

The current global situation has required the adaptation to a ‘new normal’, a time where social and physical distancing is required along with the use of sanitizing procedures.

Industries have turned to technology to help its consumers, not only to engage with each other, but to tackle the problems the world is facing today.

IPlan Ideas Technologies (IPI Tech) is a newly launched establishment (extension of IPlan Ideas Events) that offers innovative turnkey technology solutions to a variety of businesses.

As a subsidiary of the reputable Hawas Group, now in its seventh year, IPI Tech has boldly ventured into the many advances in technical ingenuity and creative conceptions from its impressive portfolio of products such as Dimenco with its contactless 3D Interface, robotics with Revotonix to its current exclusive partnership with Ultraleap, a pioneering hand-tracking and mid-haptic technology provider.

IPI Tech, along with Ultraleap, recognized the increasing demand of non-touch

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The Slow Revolution – Five Technology Trends In Construction 2020

There is predicted to be a big shortage of workforce in the construction industry, with 1 worker being hired every 77 seconds by 2021 in the UK alone [1]. Inefficiencies can be found in nearly every area of the construction ecosystem, starting from design through to implementation. These inefficiencies not only result in increased costs but also environmental impacts such as materials wastage, inefficient space allocation or increased pollution. Many construction design processes that are currently done manually can be automated thanks to advances of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

However, despite the huge potential that these new technologies bring to the construction industry its growth has been slower than expected, with roughly 1% growth year on year compared to industries such as

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Conventional revolution: the ethical implications of the natural progress of neonatal intensive care to artificial wombs


Research teams have used extra-uterine systems (Biobags) to support premature fetal lambs and to bring them to maturation in a way not previously possible. The researchers have called attention to possible implications of these systems for sustaining premature human fetuses in a similar way. Some commentators have pointed out that perfecting these systems for human fetuses might alter a standard expectation in abortion practices: that the termination of a pregnancy also (inevitably) entails the death of the fetus. With Biobags, it might be possible, some argue, that no woman has the right to expect that outcome if the technology is able to sustain fetal life after an abortion. In order to protect the expectation that the termination of a pregnancy always entails the death of the fetus, Elizabeth Romanis has argued that fetuses sustained in Biobags have a status different than otherwise ‘born’ children. In support of that view,

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Edge Computing Is Leading The Next Great Tech Revolution

Do you want in on the next great tech revolution? Well, it’s happening before our eyes. But it’s a shift so subtle, hardly anyone recognizes the profits at stake.

As I’ll show you today, these subtle shifts in computing happen once every 20 years or so. Last time, it handed investors

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A memory revolution: we explore how flash changed the world and what the future holds

Of course, it’s not quite that simple. In fact, by 2000 Samsung had already been experimenting with flash and its predecessors for the best part of two decades. In that time the company’s engineers had quietly refined and improved the technology, steadily increasing its speed and storage capacity. In 1994, Samsung released the first 16Mb NAND flash. In 1999 it created the first NAND flash with 1Gb of storage.

A role for flash?

The question was, what to do with it? In the early days of flash, real world applications for the technology were thin on the ground. In the late 1980s, a predecessor of flash (Mask ROM) had found a market in electronic dictionaries and early handheld gaming devices, like Game Boy and Tamagotchi. By the turn of the century, flash had become ubiquitous in other small consumer devices, like digital cameras and the first generation of portable digital

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The Robot Revolution Is Here

The pandemic’s profound effects on the way we all live and work has seen several nascent trends accelerate across society and the economy. 

I’m not just thinking of the shift to flexible working, which although very tangible for us all, especially those of us in Europe entering a second lockdown, is actually pretty prosaic in comparison to some more fundamental changes. 

We will look back at 2020 as the year that the adoption of robotics, AI and the drive to digitisation truly took hold. It has been particularly prevalent in life sciences and it will shape the sector’s direction of travel from hereon in. 

The opportunities and threats posed by the so-called ‘rise of the robots’ has already been hotly debated by academics, policy wonks and countless others because it will touch every area of the economy in time, from the self-checkout to the driverless car. 

And not just in

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How The Data Revolution Is Driving Change At Electric Utilities

It was about 40 years ago, and I was taking Amtrak back to Washington after visiting Bell Labs in New Jersey. My head was exploding, so to speak, over the wondrous things I’d seen at the facility.

Particularly, optical fiber fascinated me; that a conduit thinner than a human hair could carry far more voice and data than a great coaxial cable was a thing of awe. “The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper,” as W.B. Yeats wrote.

On the train, I thought about the three industries that had enthralled me since childhood: railroads, newspapers, and electricity. What struck me was that they were all rooted in the 19th century. While they were all tentatively glomming onto computing and the new technologies, they remained rooted in technology of another time. These big and beautiful cats

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Panel: Manufacturers must prepare for coming technology revolution

Alpen Patel, technical services manager at the Lafayette Engine Center at Catepillar, served on the advanced manufacturing panel.

Artificial intelligence, data analysis tools and other digital technologies are poised to create revolutionary improvements in manufacturing speed and efficiency—and companies must embrace these changes if they want to succeed, a McKinsey & Co. expert said Friday.

Companies that have integrated digital technology into their operations have seen productivity gains of up to 90%, energy efficiency improvements of up to 50% and up to an 80% reduction in supply-chain lead times, said Evgeniya Makarova, a partner at consulting firm McKinsey’s Chicago office.

“The importance of these gains cannot be overstated,” Makarova said. “Other players in the markets who cannot reach these new expectations risk being left behind when they can no longer compete.”

Makarova was the keynote speaker at the annual Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics event presented by IBJ and Conexus Indiana.

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