Machine Intelligence in a Digital Economy: The ‘killer app’?

By Professor Alan W Brown Machine Intelligence could well be the integrative mechanism that transforms data into genuine sources of new value. Could it be the ‘killer app’ for the digital economy? Read the full report here. The computer industry has a long history of investigation into Artificial Intelligence (AI) approaches (in which computers attempt […]

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Digital Methods, Interpersonal Goals: cook ethos

It is a truth universally acknowledged that no one knows where the next digital disruption is coming from. At CoDE, we often find that sectors that seem ripe for disruption continue to resist it, and that a start up’s success can hinge not on logic, but on whether the world is emotionally ready to take […]

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Journalism and the Internet of Things: The NewsThings project

  John Mills, one of our PhD students researching journalism and the Internet of Things (IoT), gave an invited talk on his work at the Guildford Institute recently. The Guildford Institute is a social and educational community hub in the centre of Guildford which has been working for and with the local community for over […]

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Coming to You in 2018: Digital Backlash?

At CoDE, we’ve been discussing the thorny topic of “one big trend for 2018 for the digital economy”. It started with a simple question, and gave rise to a fascinating exchange across the team. It really shows why CoDE is more than the sum of its parts, or members, or research areas: we are able […]

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Digital Strategy Labs: Shaping Surrey’s digital future

In the Business Insights Lab (BIL), we’ve been putting Collaborative Discovery to work to help Surrey navigate the digital jungle. How do you forge a strategy for a digital future in higher education, when technology is unpredictable, budgets are tight, and every prediction is still a guess? What should our priorities be as an institution? […]

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Blockchain: Measuring impacts in the worldwide food system

  By Dr Phil Godsiff In which Our Man in Europe stays home, but goes global. Notwithstanding essential nourishment, the pleasure of “commensality”, and chocolate for Easter eggs, recent estimates show that globally we waste 30% of food produced, and in the developed West that figure is even higher.  Further, we know that food consumed […]

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CoDE on the Road: In Boston to talk blockchain and boundaries

By Dr Phil Godsiff A (long) while ago there was a series of cartoons in the now defunct Punch magazine.  In one, we see a confused Stone Age man staring at an inexplicable object in his path.  His first question to the man facing him is: “What is this prickly wire-and-air barrier?”  In the next […]

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UK Government ‘Digital Reboot’: The end of the beginning?

The last few weeks have seen the release of a flurry of new documents aimed at stimulating the digital economy and accelerating adoption of digital technologies. Discussion within and across government has resulted in a series of new digital government initiatives – not just the aims, ambitions and methods for the UK’s economy, but also […]

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‘The A-Z of the Digital Economy’: Watch it here

The CoDE team has just spent some time filming ‘The A-Z of the Digital Economy’, bringing Digital to life for a host of prospective students, and for businesses with valuable potential links with Surrey Business School (SBS). You can see the film here on our homepage, either in its entirety, or by clicking on the […]

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‘An In-Depth Study of the Bathroom’: IoT and the reverse supply chain

CoDE has contributed to a significant study on ‘Operationalising IoT for reverse supply: the development of use-visibility measures’ in the international journal Supply Chain Management. Funding was contributed by the Research Council (UK) Digital Economy to the H.A.T project (http://hubofallthings.org), and by the Academy of Finland. The study uses an explorative case approach drawing on […]

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What Happy People Buy: Psychology and Social Media Data

Our joint Psychology, Computer Science and Business workshop on ‘Predicting Psychology from Social Media Data’ in the Business insights Lab joined up digital innovation across sectors and departments. Guest speaker Dr. David Stillwell is a Lecturer in Big Data Analytics and Quantitative Social Science at Judge Business School in the University of Cambridge. He is […]

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Top 3 Takeaways from the FT Innovation Conference

  By guest blogger Roger Camrass, Visiting Professor of Management Practice at Surrey Business School   The large incumbents will not be able to reinvent themselves in time to compete with the newcomers. Remember reengineering in the nineties, and the e-commerce/dot.com boom-and-bust of 2000? This time the ‘bubble’ is all about Innovation. Lloyds Bank stated […]

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Is Artificial Intelligence Making Workplace Stress Redundant?

Stress in the workplace is a big deal. It’s been noted that work related stress symptoms and diseases can account for more £29 billion a year spent on sick days in the UK alone, while the average amount of employees stressed at work is reaching 70% in leading UK sectors. Companies are being faced with […]

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Blockchain and the Food Industry

The rapid social and technological changes that we see in our Digital Economy inevitably result in conditions of considerable environmental uncertainty. This is giving rise to more and more ‘wicked problems’ across business sectors, government, and society at large. What’s a ‘wicked problem’? It’s a problem that’s intractable, systemic, and features interconnected and tangled issues […]

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Bringing Digital to Local Government

We just ran the closing session of ‘Strategy, Management, and Service Delivery in a Digital Economy’ for Surrey County Council (SCC) here in the Business insights Lab. Opened by Head of the Business School Professor Andy Adcroft, and ably steered by CoDE’s Dr Ben Shenoy, this fifth and final session discussed what’s next for Digital […]

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vHive Launch and Digital Partnerships

CoDE was out in force at the recent launch of A New Global Venture in Digital Innovation and Animal Health — “vHive”, the Veterinary Health Innovation Engine — at the impressive main building of the new School of Veterinary Medicine – which is the hub of so much innovation at the moment that it’s hard […]

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Journalism, Newsprint, and Digital Choices

The CoDE Research Seminar series concluded with a talk by John Mills, a PhD candidate here at Surrey, and a lecturer and researcher at UCLan. Some fascinating research – and an audience not shy about sharing their views – made for a thought-provoking exploration of journalism and the media in the Digital Economy. The emergent […]

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GaaP: The realities of Government as a Platform

The panel are off chaired by the prof @alanwbrown #gaapfuture pic.twitter.com/SLftde1Xw3 — Methods Digital (@MethodsDigital) March 17, 2016 By Guest Blogger Alan Brown, Co-Director of CoDE and an expert on the concept of ‘government as a platform’. The phrase ‘government as a platform’ was coined in a Tim O’Reilly paper from 2010. Referencing companies such […]

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‘Ecology of Technology’ or Digital Labyrinth?

In the Business Insights Lab, CoDE team members Alan Brown, Roger Maull, Phil Godsiff, David Plans, Ben Shenoy, and Kris Henley ran a lab-style workshop for a team from Huntswood, the UK’s leading specialist resourcing and consultancy firm in governance, compliance and complaints. In a full day of presentation and discussion, we explored the tricky […]

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‘Big Data in Banking’ Round Table

The CoDE team’s Roger Maull, Professor of Management Systems in the Surrey Business School, was a featured panellist at the ‘Big Data in Banking’ Talend-Roundtable Event in London. Under discussion: Are legacy systems holding banks back from innovating? According to a new industry survey by Talend, 48% of banking industry professionals polled cite the limits […]

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