Author James Francis

James Francis

The case against driverless cars

There is no guarantee that self-driving cars are a foregone conclusion. We just think so because we believe the hype. Start asking the serious questions and you realise we have very few answers.

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In defence of Elon Musk, the maverick

Since we live in a world that loves to tear down its heroes as eagerly as it supports underdogs, we are only too happy to jump on every Elon Musk misstep as vindication for our doubts. By James Francis.

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Chatbots: whole lotta hype

I have a soft spot for helpdesk chat services. I always try my Internet service provider’s chat client before anything else, for three reasons: it is far cheaper than a phone call, it’s much faster than an e-mail response and it allows me to

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What Intel’s IoT bombshell says about its future

About a week ago, a rather important event happened in the Internet-of-things space. You may have missed it, perhaps because the dry technicalities of IoT is not all that appealing. Intel has quietly discontinued its three SBC boards, the Joule

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Airlines hit IT turbulence

Aren’t you glad you didn’t fly with British Airways this past week? If you had a flight last year August with Delta, you’d also have been stranded, and ditto if you flew American Airlines somewhere in 2015. Twice that for Southwest

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