Brexit: Tech leaders try to paint bright Brexit future

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It is probably not controversial to say that the UK tech scene, and in particular London, was very much in the Remain camp in the EU referendum.

Tech entrepreneurs were worried about what Brexit would mean for access to the single market, the confidence of investors and their access to skilled staff from across Europe.

At an event at the Wayra tech incubator in London on the very day of the referendum, a secret ballot showed an overwhelming majority voting to remain.

But now some powerful voices in the tech community are trying to dispel the gloom and paint a brighter picture of the UK's post-Brexit future as a hi-tech hotspot.

Leading the charge was Rohan Silva, former Number 10 adviser and now the man behind the achingly cool Shoreditch start-up space Second Home.

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'Cut!' - the AI director

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From Ex Machina to Terminator, artificial intelligence has long been a subject for film-makers. But what if AI could actually make a movie?

At the Cannes Lions advertising festival on Thursday morning, an audience was shown a series of short films in the annual New Directors Showcase, which highlights emerging talent.

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Back to the Satoshi Nakamoto Bitcoin affair

Image caption Craig Wright failed to deliver on his promise of "extraordinary proof" that we was Bitcoin's inventor

At the beginning of May, it seemed that a great mystery had been solved.

An Australian academic and entrepreneur, Craig Wright, identified himself as Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of the crypto-currency Bitcoin.

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A peek behind the curtain at GCHQ

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Image caption Few get to see inside operations at GCHQ in Cheltenham

It has long been the most secretive of Britain's intelligence agencies - but, lately, GCHQ has been tiptoeing ever so carefully out of the shadows.

Last month, the signals intelligence operation opened a Twitter account - "Hello World," was its first offering - and last night its director spoke for an hour at an event where he even took questions from members of the public.

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Micro Bit computer becomes a commercial product

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Image caption The Micro Bit will be more than double the price of the Raspberry Pi Zero mini-computer

The BBC Micro Bit, the tiny computing device designed to get children coding, is going on sale to the general public.

The device is already being delivered, free, to one million Year 7 children in schools across the UK.

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Learning to live with robots

Media captionAre people ready for robot colleagues?

I spent a couple of days this week in the company of robots.

They seemed friendly, they were keen to make conversation, and they could do a few quite clever things.

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Music and YouTube - an uneasy marriage

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Image caption Adele had a record share of the global music market

The British music industry had a great year in 2015.

Adele's 25 was one of the best-selling albums of all-time and she, along with other British artists, had a record share of the global music market.

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Android Pay in UK: A tipping point for mobile payments?

Media captionRory Cellan-Jones tries out Android Pay

Google is launching Android Pay, its tap-and-go contactless payment service, in the UK.

Nearly 60% of the country's smartphone users own an Android handset.

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Estonia - the Skype effect

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On the Technopolis industrial park in Tallinn, Estonia, Ahti Heinla is pointing out some local landmarks from his office.

That modern white building just across the lake is the current Skype office, he explains. The red brick building right outside the window is where Estonia's most famous tech company started.

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Becoming a virtual Estonian

Image caption Rory is now a signed-up e-resident of Estonia

I've just acquired a whole new identity. It comes in the form of a plastic card with a chip in it, and it means that I am now a resident of Estonia. Or rather an e-resident, because this card is a symbol of Estonia's bold ambition - to export its expertise in digital identity to the wider world.

The e-Residency programme, which has already attracted 10,000 people from around the world, offers anyone who pays 100 Euros some of the benefits of the digital ID cards which Estonia's 1.3 million citizens have had for more than a decade.

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