Joining Dots produces independent research and presentations about systems and trends connecting people, information and technology. Envisioning possibilities, evaluating the evidence and questioning assumptions. Outcomes are client confidential. Many involve challenging the status quo, whether it is planning for the future or troubleshooting the present. If you have a project that could benefit from a fresh perspective, please get in touch!

This site is for sharing open research, public presentations and thoughts about the social and economic implications created by new technology. A sample from the archive:

IoT_thumbnail Smart cities, smarter citizens: The rise of digital augmented intelligence, from mobile phone to cognitive prosthetic.

Created and delivered for the 7th Annual Internet of Things European Summit in Brussels, May 2016 and ‘City & Cognition’ workshop at EPFL

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Aerial Drone Micro-scale and Smart Cities: Could micro-scale services be the optimal approach for smart sustainable cities?

Exploring the rise in the sharing economy and micro-scaling of services made possible by the Internet of Things (IoT). Bigger isn’t always better

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Wearable gadget concept Identity and Anonymity: Can wearable technology provide third-factor authentication?

Exploring if wearable technology can provide a much-needed layer of protection for our online identities… and also our right to anonymity?

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city statistics Bank of England Dashboard: Visualising a century of political finance

Web-based interactive visualisation of data provided by the Bank of England charting political decisions and financial performance from 1900 to 2013 including GDP and productivity statistics

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using mobile phone in a cafe Mobile economic time: How modern technology is creating 30 extra days

Mobile devices are enabling us to act at times and locations that were previously inaccessible, enabling new forms of productivity. The biggest challenge: a hierarchy that requires permission to act

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Drinking coffee Revisiting the basic income

With concerns that technology will eliminate an increasing number of jobs in the coming decades and not much evidence of an alternative to satisfy the ‘luddite’ fallacy, is it time for a universal basic income?

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iStock_TeenTexting Digital trends compressing processes

First presented at Ovum Analysts Industry Forum in November 2012. The four key trends disrupting ‘business as usual’ in the 21st Century: Social networks, mobile devices, cloud computing and ‘big data’ analytics

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