Alan Smeaton

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‘Every single one of us can be profiled based on what they’re reading, watching, listening to.’ Photograph: Thomas Winz via Getty

Is your phone eavesdropping on your private conversations in order to send you targeted ads? No matter how many times the tech companies deny it – an(...)

The Irish Times Innovation Awards take place on Tuesday in the RDS.

Monday Results: Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Guess, Urban Outfitters. Indicators: Euro zone construction output (Oct). Meetings: Asia Matters Bus(...)

A growing number of Irish universities are using predictive analytics to spot students in danger of dropping out. Photograph: iStock

For several years, Dublin City University has been using data from students’ work online to analyse how they are coping with their courses. If a firs(...)

Increased automation and artificial intelligence are set to make many white-collar jobs obsolete. Photograph: Getty
How to future-proof your child

Every parent wants the best for their child, and most of today’s parents grew up with the unspoken but widely accepted notion that their children woul(...)

In 2015, a group of US researchers with an interest in internet user privacy developed a tool to examine Google’s advertisement settings feature, whi(...)

Companies like calling their technologies AI. It sounds better, it’s more futuristic, but it’s not AI: it’s actually data analytics

Artificial intelligence fires the human imagination. Tales of man-made intelligence are peppered throughout literature and cinema history, from Mary (...)

Asha Bourne (19), a first-year student in the BA in communications studies at DCU, tries out the PredictED service

Students may find their first few months at college a shock to the system, having been minded by parents and teachers through school. With newf(...)

In a data set recording more than one million users’ credit card transactions for three months, researchers were able to identify 91 per cent of people’s identities. Photograph: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files

In case you weren’t paranoid enough, this one will help: research conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has shown that just fou(...)

Smartphone checking: people’s growing overdependence on digital media is now being taken seriously by psychologists, but ironically it is technology itself which may help us to alleviate the ‘addiction’. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Many people find themselves spending more time on their smartphone than they wish they did. However, most other afflicted people actually seem to be e(...)

Social media and the city: when accumulated and geo-localised, social media can be used by big data analysts in practical ways, such as improved urban planning and public sentiment analysis

“Lovin’ this sandwich.” “Aargh, can’t sleep!” “The toilets in this restaurant are filthy.” This is the kind of dull commentary frequently tweeted by p(...)

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