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Secure access granted by valid fingerprint scan, cyber security on internet with biometrics authentication technology on mobile phone screen, person holding smartphone connected with wifi

Hackers rarely actually break-in, instead they simply log in, is a worn cliché among computer security protagonists. Hackers can and do exploit defect(...)

A US government report has stated that more than a million counterfeit components had been discovered across 1,800 separate cases affecting its military aircraft and missile systems. File photograph: Getty

There is now a severe global shortage of semiconductor parts, caused by a confluence of factors. The pandemic has led to a surge in demand for home co(...)

Other, more mature, industries have developed practices to cultivate and disseminate best practice, to analyse, publish and so learn from incidents and accidents. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

In his 2001 book, Fooled by Randomness, the former risk analyst and financial options trader Nassim Nicholas Taleb observed that an entire collection (...)

Farmer Nikolai and his robot farm helpers in the satirical YouTube video, Russian Cyberpunk Farm

Last November, a jovial farmer called Nikolai introduced YouTubers to the future of farming. In heavily accented English, he proudly showed off androi(...)

A passenger at Dublin Airport this week. The Irish tourism sector, which had hoped there might be some travellers in the second half of 2021, is facing a very difficult year.Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

It would be an understatement to say it has been a bad week for the travel sector– or at least the part of it which relies on international travel. Ne(...)

A promenade at Andratx Port in Majorca, Spain covered in debris on December 28th following Storm Bella.  Photograph: Cati Cladera/EPA

As the world struggles to recover from the hard reset of Covid-19, what can 2021 bring us? “Never again” became a universal injunction, after the dev(...)

Danny Forde of Atlantic Therapeutics, overall winner of the The Irish Times Innovation Award last year.  Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Some 15 leading technology companies have been shortlisted for the annual Irish Times Innovation Awards. In the IT and fintech category, the shortlis(...)

Intel headquarters in Leixlip, Co Kildare: First established  in 1989, it is now one of its eight chip-fabrication sites worldwide. Intel has thrived in part due to the mantra of “only the paranoid survive”. Photograph: James Forde

If you’ve owned a PC sometime over the last 30 years, you will be familiar with the blue and silver “Intel Inside” sticker. Even if you have not, you (...)

RPA technology demonstrates how a computer can imitate a human. Photograph: iStock

In 1950 Alan Turing, a logician and philosopher, proposed a test of a machine’s ability to imitate a human. His Turing test envisaged a human examine(...)

Chief executive of the Irish Travel Agents Association Pat Dawson said Ryanair was refusing to pay money back to travel agents

Airlines owe at least €25 million to Irish consumers as a result of Covid-19 related flight cancellations with some of outstanding refunds dating back(...)

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