Michael Haines

Michael Haines

Michael Haines is the CEO of VANZI. He has held a wide variety of senior management and consulting roles across a range of industries, including: government, telecommunications, brewing, construction, consumer goods, car manufacturing, transport and logistics and more recently spatial, building information modelling and simulation.

In the next ten years, globally, we’ll see regulation, accounting and business processes involving the virtual world turned on their head. This series of articles is aimed at both professionals and the wider community and tells why, what and how. You (and everyone else) are the ‘who’, and ‘when’ is

In the next ten years, globally, we’ll see regulation, accounting and business processes involving the virtual world turned on their head. Here’s why: This is the second in a series of articles aimed at both professionals and the wider community. The first explained the notion of a ‘digital twin’ (a

This is the first in a series of articles aimed at both professionals and the wider community. Its purpose is to showcase current technology, as well as the benefits of ‘digital twins’. The second will tease out the existential risks we are all facing in relying on a virtual world

This is part two of a two-part series examining the ethical dilemma that arises when self-driving cars are forced to take evasive action which may result in serious injury or death. Read part one here. Deciding who to save in a scenario where there are no ‘safe paths’ has been

This is part one of a two-part series examining the ethical dilemma that arises when self-driving cars are forced to take evasive action which may result in serious injury or death. Read Part Two here. First and foremost, a self-driving car (SDC) must obey the law and drive defensively. There are

While there are still many technical challenges confronting developers of Self-Driving Cars (SDC), also called Autonomous Vehicles, the two most important social issues yet to be settled are the questions of ‘control’ and ‘ethics’ – as they relate to compliance with the road rules, safe driving and responsibility for accidents.

We’ve recently seen at least one (and possibly two, if you count the one in China) fatal accidents involving a Tesla where the driver had relinquished control to the ‘autopilot’. In this case, Tesla is denying liability as they correctly claim that the autopilot is sold as a ‘Level 2’

Car companies are like publishers, or the craft businesses that once made horse buggies: they are stuck trying to maintain a business model that is obsolete. They need to sell more cars, with higher-priced spare parts and more features, with built-in obsolescence, to make more profit. They build their brands

All arguments in support of Bitcoin refer to its use as a medium of exchange. There are no problems with that aspect of it — in principle. In practice, Bitcoin is less than perfect due to its wild valuation swings. These derive in part from the fact that it has

Cars are expensive, and mostly sit idle. They are also risky and usually a pain to drive in traffic. Socially, the cost of accident damage and injury and congestion is in the trillions of dollars world-wide. So why do people buy cars? As a status symbol. For freedom. To express