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Alasdair McLeod
London, UK
Consultancy in establishing large-scale biomedical research projects
Interests: Genomics, large-scale population studies, biobanking, information technology and networking, robotics, nanotechnology, complex systems, economic impacts of technology, competitive sailing
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The transformative role of IT in the modern economy has been much discussed recently, focussing primarily on its effects on productivity and employment. In a recent McKinsey Quarterly article Brian Arthur describes what he calls a second economy; a network of computers communicating automatically and forming the beginnings of what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at Alasdair McLeod
We would all like to be able to predict the future. In one episode of the Phil Silvers Show which ran on television from 1955 to 1959 the hero, Sergeant Bilko – an “operator” and gambler, is granted the ability to predict the future. The trouble is that it is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2011 at Alasdair McLeod
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Feb 2, 2011
I’ve recently been reading some of Nicholas Carr’s writings about technology. I find his approach both fascinating – he gets many things right – and infuriating in that I fundamentally disagree with some of his conclusions on the effect of computer technology, and in particularly the internet, on the economy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at Alasdair McLeod
I've Tripit for the first time for may last trip. The experience was pretty good! I look forward to using it as a matter of course in the future - let's hope it stays as good as it is now.
Alasdair McLeod is now following IWB
Jan 13, 2011
Last week the MIT published an important white paper entitled The Convergence of the Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering. This is accompanied by a video of a joint forum with the AAAS, where participants include some of the authors of the paper. Their stated objective is “to help delineate... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2011 at Alasdair McLeod
Much has been written recently about the apparent failure of the pharmaceutical industry to indefinitely maintain its rate of introduction of new blockbuster drugs. Pharma is unusual in that, unlike most other industries, the process of new product development depends on the advancement of basic science. The industry employs large... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2010 at Alasdair McLeod
This post may seem to be a little “off-message”, but I can’t ignore the effects of the weather in the last few weeks. Here in London we are seeing the coldest December for many years with heavy snowfalls, and the weather across Northern Europe seems similar. There are also reports... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2010 at Alasdair McLeod
The second decade of the 21st century is beginning at a time of economic uncertainty. At the same time we are seeing an enormous change in the world we live in, primarily brought about by changes in technology. In the fields of information technology and communication we see moves towards... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2010 at Alasdair McLeod
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Dec 16, 2010