Albert Einstein:  “It can scarcely be denied that the supreme goal of all theory is to make the irreducible basic elements as simple and as few as possible without having to surrender the adequate representation of a single datum of experience.”

‘Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” This quote is often attributed to Albert Einstein although there is some doubt that(...)

US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen:  confirmed last October that the central bank would conclude its quantitative easing programme. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Every month from November 2008 until this month, the US Federal Reserve has been generating substantial sums of electronic cash during its various qua(...)

Xiaomi chief executive Lei Jun, one of eight co-founders of the Beijing-based smartphone manufacturer. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Which company – just 4½ years old – is now the most valuable technology start-up in the world? It has just been valued at €37 billion ($45 billion), m(...)

Downtown Bengaluru: Many of the US multinationals operating in Ireland also have operations in the city.  Photograph: EPA/JAGADEESH NV

The Garden City of India, Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), has an attractive climate, being about 900m above sea level and thus much cooler than many o(...)

Dublin Web Summit’s Paddy Cosgrave

Whilst building a global business headquartered in Dublin, I quickly discovered an advantage over my larger international competitors: people love to (...)

Multibillionaire Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

‘When the team is all a bunch of scientists, it is best to have a peasant lead the way”. How did an English-language teacher – and self-confessed peas(...)

Orville Wright, at the controls of the Wright Flyer, and his brother Wilbur, watch from the ground during the plane’s first flight  in   1903.  Photograph: AP Photo/File

‘No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris . . . [because] no known motor can run at the requisite speed for four days without stopping”.(...)

Theodore Twombly (played by Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with his digital virtual assistant Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) in the 2013 Spike Jonze film Her. Photograph: Sportsphoto Ltd/Alls

‘It’s not just an OS. It’s a consciousness.” This blithe tagline from Spike Jonze’s movie Her, released last December, sets the context for how the in(...)

 Kevin Melia at an Iona AGM in 2007. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

I hadn’t “seen the movie before”. None of us had. I was a rookie chief executive, straight out of academia with our spin-out company Iona. My co-found(...)

Garden enthusiasts enjoy  the Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park. Photograph: Artur Widak/PA Wire

Bord Bia’s Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park finishes today. Earlier, as I wandered around enjoying the 30 show gardens and related areas, I wondered(...)