Weekend takeaway: 10 tech stories you need to read right now

13 Nov 2015

A breakthrough year for European tech; Google car stopped by cops; and 13 exceptional Irish scientists.

Ten nuggets of knowledge to take away for the weekend, including: a breakthrough year for European tech; Google car stopped by cops; and 13 exceptional Irish scientists.

1. A breakthrough year for Europe’s tech industry

2015 was a breakthrough year for Europe’s evolving tech sector and, if anything, European tech firms could better withstand a tech downturn than their US counterparts, according to a new study by Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom’s Atomico and Slush.

2. 13 exceptional Irish scientists you absolutely need to know

It’s Science Week, which seems like the perfect time to marvel at 13 of Ireland’s scientific high-achievers.

 3. 71pc of local Irish tech firms grew revenue last year

Almost three-quarters of local Irish technology companies grew their revenue last year, according to new research from Bank of Ireland and Trinity College Dublin.

 4. Artificial intelligence will make humans super, says Accenture CTO (video)

Accenture CTO Paul Daugherty said artificial intelligence will empower people in the future to perform higher-skilled work. But it won’t result in super humans.

 6. Bridge21 brings 21st century education to schools across Europe

Trinity College Dublin’s education programme Bridge21 has launched a project to bring 21st-century team-based learning environments to secondary schools across Europe.

 7. Why it makes sense to have more women in tech (infographic)

The position of women in tech is something we spend a lot of time discussing here at Siliconrepublic.com – and this infographic shows the business reasons why we should encourage more women to work in the industry.

 8. NDRC’s latest LaunchPad accelerator ready for applicants

February sees the start of NDRC’s latest LaunchPad accelerator programme, with €30,000 investment on offer for successful applicants.

 9. Google car stopped by cops for going too slow

Stop the lights! Google has admitted that its self-driving car gets stopped by police all the time, but no tickets are ever issued.

 10. Watch: What will humans look like in 1,000 years?

There is no way we will look like we currently do at the end of this millennium, with a changing climate, culture, diet and medical tool kit shifting the ground beneath our feet this very moment. But, what will humans look like in the year 3,000?

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years