Joining Dots provides independent advice about trends connecting people, information and technology, exploring their impact on social and economic systems. We combine data science and storytelling to envision possibilities, establish context and evaluate the evidence. Helping clients identify and map opportunities to benefit from new technology

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A sample from the archive:

results_trends Forecasting the UK General Election: A model to predict the likely outcome based on recent voting behaviour.

A simple model built using data from previous elections to run ‘what-if’ scenarios and forecast the UK general election in June 2017

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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 Health, Happiness and a Basic Income

Rather than worry that robots will eliminate jobs for people, there is a more optimistic outlook: the freedom to pursue interests. 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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