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(...)

Just before midnight on New Year’s Eve 2011, one of four software developers at OpenSSL Software Foundation (OSF) instructed his computer to accept a (...)

On Wednesday evening, in the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Kilmainham, Dublin, the winners of The Irish Times (...)

Apple’s CarPlay system is seen in the touchscreen console of a Ferrari FF automobile, produced by Ferrari SpA, as it stands on display at the company’s stand on day two of the 84th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland

Smart phone apps abound for the car driver. On a quick browse of my app store, I found apps for route planning and traffic jam avoidance; car s(...)

 Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

One of the first observations made by Microsoft’s new 46-year-old CEO Satya Nadella was that “our industry does not respect tradition – it only(...)

In my column of November 26th, 2012, I wrote about an inspirational New Zealand entrepreneur, Len Hutchins. He is celebrated both for initiating his c(...)

The news this week that the US intelligence agencies and the UK’s Government Communications HQ (GCHQ) have being stalking around as avatars inside the(...)