Edinburgh Impact

This digital life

Research into how data and digital technologies are changing how we live and work, the breakthroughs shaping this future, and insights into the implications.

Digital technologies are changing every part of life. From how we do everyday things such as the weekly shop or listening to music to large scale applications in manufacturing, office work, AI and robotics. The University is at the heart of the forces shaping this new world.

Discover how Edinburgh's influence helps shape our digital lives.


Making data count against child abuse

Making data count against child abuse

The battle against child exploitation takes place in dark territory. A new global institute will use data to cast light into the gloom and ensure children are seen and heard in the fight.

Making data count against child abuse
A new spin on the Universe

A new spin on the Universe

The Universe is full of spin – from the micro whirl of a molecule to the epic revolution of a galaxy. Experts have now identified possibly the largest of them all.

A new spin on the Universe

How data can target Covid financial support for those in need

A new partnership is delivering insights into how the coronavirus pandemic has affected people’s income, spending, and saving. The findings will help shape the economic recovery and future financial support schemes, while keeping customers’ data safe and secure.

Data to target Covid financial support
Bitcoin symbol on paper, held up in woods

How to build eco-friendly cryptocurrencies

The huge carbon footprint of Bitcoin and its ilk means the colour of digital money is a sooty grey. Researchers have found a way to make virtual greenbacks actually green.

How to build eco-friendly cryptocurrencies
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Rise and rise of the machines

The arrival of a cutting-edge AI supercomputer in Edinburgh marks the next stage of the University’s storied relationship with the world’s most powerful systems.

Rise and rise of the machines