In the digital afterlife, should big tech become our cultural stewards?

Charles Pidgeon | Media | Culture | Government | Jun 29th 2020

Within less than 50 years, Facebook may host more profiles belonging to the deceased than the living. This analysis from Carl Öhman and David Watson, at the Oxford Internet Institute, estimates that if user-growth continues as expected, there will be 4.9 billion dead Facebook users before 2100, roughly 75 times the current population of the UK. This inevitable situation forces us : what should happen to our data when we die?

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Oxbotica recruits from games industry for autonomous vehicle software development

Karen David | IT | Automotive | Recruitment | May 29th 2020

Games developers who have worked on some of the highest rated titles in recent years are now applying their skills to create software for autonomous vehicles.

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Covid-19: Crowdless helps shoppers to avoid busy supermarkets

Karen David | Culture | Food | AI | Covid-19 | May 7th 2020

An app which tells you how busy your local supermarket is before you set off has been developed in weeks in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The story continues: Oxford firm launches AI-powered interactive graphic novel app

Karen David | Culture | Entertainment | Publishing | AI | Covid-19 | Mar 23rd 2020

A few weeks ago Charisma.ai was preparing for SXSW in Texas where they were to launch the Charisma interactive graphic novel app to the US market. Fast-forward a few weeks, the world had turned upside down, and their trip and the festival, were cancelled. Undeterred, they stayed in Oxford and launched the app anyway.

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Keep your ears open if you want to write a film script, says Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy

Gill Oliver | Event Review | Q&A | Media | Culture | Entertainment | Mar 10th 2020

Oscar-winning Simon Beaufoy wrote the screenplays for a string of successful films including The Full Monty, Slumdog Millionaire, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Battle of the Sexes. In conversation with writer, director and producer Carl Schoenfeld at a recent ScreenTalk Oxfordshire event in Oxford, he explained why listening carefully is the secret to success.

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New £150m film studios and digital creative hub to be built near Reading

Gill Oliver | Media | Culture | Entertainment | Education | Construction | Feb 19th 2020

A new £150m film studio and digital creative hub is to be built on the outskirts of Reading, creating up to 3,000 jobs.

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Exclusive: Behind the scenes at Rebellion’s Didcot Film Studios – one year on

Gill Oliver | Media | Culture | Entertainment | Publishing | Nov 11th 2019

One year on since video games company Rebellion splashed £78m on a former print factory in Didcot, we reveal how the transformation to film studios is going.

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How an Oxford edutech business convinced high-net-worth Angel investors to hand over £800K

Gill Oliver | Culture | Food | Education | Investment | Sep 16th 2019

Going on an adult education course in garden design planted the seed for Elspeth Briscoe’s edtech startup. Now she's raised £800,000 from Angel investors.

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‘Values-driven’ digital agency becomes employee-owned

Karen David | Management | Aug 23rd 2019

When employees of digital agency Torchbox were invited to a company meeting for a ‘major announcement,’ they must have dreaded the worst. Instead the outcome was anything but. Founders Tom Dyson and Olly Willans were inviting them all to become shared owners of Torchbox as one of the first digital agencies in the UK to become employee owned.

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Coronavirus drives spike in online learning, as more people opt to stay at home

Gill Oliver | Media | Culture | Publishing | Education | Work spaces | AI | Mar 12th 2020

Oxford-based company Learning with Experts, which has students from 78 countries enrolled on its online courses, has seen traffic double during the past two weeks.

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REVIEW: ‘Tools for Life’ at Modern Art Oxford

Karen David | Event Review | Culture | Entertainment | Feb 21st 2020

The relationships between mankind, nature and industrial production are explored by New York-based Chilean artist Johanna Unzueta in Tools for Life, her new show at Modern Art Oxford.

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Fake images: How an Oxford firm’s technology is helping to verify images online

Karen David | IT | Comms | Media | Culture | Entertainment | Publishing | AI | Feb 20th 2020

Oxford-based Serelay, a player in the emerging field of controlled image capture, is catching the attention of global news outlets and human rights organisations.

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Visualisation engine is making big data analysis a whole lot easier

Karen David | IT | Culture | Food | Politics | Feb 6th 2020

Oxford University spin-out Zegami has developed software that enables huge volumes of data to be easily accessed and analysed. TechTribe Oxford talks to co-founder and chief technology officer Roger Noble about the firm's growth, scale-up plans and Twitter activity during the UK general election.

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From refugee shelters to blockchain: Vinay Gupta’s mission to save the world

Gill Oliver | Media | Culture | Entertainment | Sustainability | Jan 24th 2020

Entrepreneur and engineer Vinay Gupta explains how he invented the hexayurt refugee shelter and why blockchain tech will change everything about international trade.

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Filmmakers shooting with mobile phones inspire Oxfordshire Screentalk audience

Karen David | Event Review | Media | Culture | Entertainment | Jan 18th 2020

The latest Screentalk Oxfordshire event explored how filmmakers are using mobile phones in new ways for creative storytelling. In a packed room at Oxford’s Curzon Cinema, BBC filmmaker and trainer […]

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Smart Local Energy Systems: social, technical and operational aspects Sarah Darby, Scot Wheeler and Stevie Adams talk about their ongoing work in Project Local Energy Oxfordshire (LEO), one of the most ambitious, wide-ranging, innovative, and holistic smart grid trials ever conducted in the UK. The discussion chaired by Helen Gavin will cover the issues Project LEO is designed to address, technological advances in balancing energy supply and demand, and how it can improve understanding of opportunities for smart, secure and flexible energy networks. Hosted by Oxford University’s Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy. 11am online. Book here

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UX Oxford: UX in publishing Two UX experts share their experience and knowledge from the world of publishing. Leanne Dobson, UX designer at publisher Taylor & Francis talks on streamlining access to research on discovery tools and scholarly platforms, is joined by Fruto Design’s Dave Johns, formerly of Pearson (Edexcel), where he worked on digital tools for teachers. 7.30pm. Book here

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