Today’s first coffee companion is a former Head of IT who has impeccable taste in podcasts.

We talked about the strange world of utility companies and how the legacy of Hull keeping its telecoms independent of the national network has resulted in some of the fastest internet connections in Europe.

We talked about how gas companies were introducing prototype Internet of Things back in the 1980s, and how the Victorian gas network relied on hemp and lead to seal the pipes together.

We talked about sound recording and what technology we currently use to record WB-40 (squadcast.com and descript.com for editing, for the record).

We then talked about how people are at the core of most technology challenges, and I was introduced to the book Consciousness by Annaka Harris (which sounds fascinating).

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