BEIJING - It’s after midnight and I’m waiting to board my flight from Beijing to Brussels. Despite the hour, the airport is a hive of activity. All around me are people with smart phones arranging their lives – at home, at work and on the move – with the press of a button.

I’ve worked as an electrical engineer for longer than I care to reveal and have witnessed first-hand the ICT (r)evolution, but even I can’t help but marvel at how far we have come fro...

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