Michael Dempsey works for BBC News and has written for the Financial Times, The Economist, The Sunday Times and The Times. He contributes to numerous other national newspapers and magazines. His career includes stretches in news journalism at ITN, the Press Association and CNN.
His work covers any subject of human interest. He has published a story in the Sunday Times revealing how James Bond's book collection was assembled for a scene in the 007 movie Spectre.
He has just written about supersonic airliner designs emerging from ambitious start-ups. This BBC story looks at these projects through the eyes of former Concorde pilot Captain Mike Bannister. Another recent piece for the BBC explains how aerospace firms are wrestling with the challenge of creating materials and engines that will permit flight at hypersonic speeds.
He has tried out a neuroscience headset designed to train the brain to relax for a BBC story. A recent feature for the BBC explains how AI and discrete weapons checks are evolving to fight Covid-19. One very popular article for the BBC explored how dragonflies and other creatures have inspired the design of a new generation of drones.
Robot mini-tanks are trundling into military service and he has described their arrival for the BBC. He has also written for the BBC website on how high-tech counter-drone defence systems are being rushed into service in the aftermath of the Saudi Aramco attacks.
He enjoys writing about aviation and this feature in Epicure magazine highlighted lesser-known innovators in flight including the great Brazilian pioneer Alberto Santos Dumont.
An article in the Financial Times detailed how the private aviation industry combines sophisticated online booking technology with good old-fashioned inside knowledge and customer hand-holding. A June 2019 article in Spear's explained why savvy private jet owners are opting for second-hand aircraft.
An article he wrote for a Times/Raconteur report on business and aviation was shortlisted for the 2015 Business Travel Journalism Awards. This revealed how regional airports can carve themselves a profitable niche while contributing to the UK economy.
He contributed to the FT's Corporate Aviation report in May 2016 with two articles. One looked at why there is a lot more to innovation in private aircraft booking than lazy comparisons with Uber. The other outlined the advances in design and comfort that mark out the latest business jets.
Previous articles for the FT on business aviation have looked at why we may have to carry on waiting for the long-anticipated arrival of a supersonic business jet and the impact of online technology on the battle between the fractional ownership and charter models.
Writing for the FT's Connected Business report in March 2016 he ventured behind the enormous hype around airborne delivery drones. This article revealed practical advances that may see terrestrial delivery robots getting the job done economically and safely. He has assessed what data analysis can do for retail giants operating across Europe. Another recent piece revealed that banking bosses fear competition from an entirely new direction. And he has uncovered a move by the UK's NHS to wean patients away from excessive drinking via an anarchic computer game.
In November 2014 he contributed to an FT report on Risk Management, detailing how holding a supply chain together in an era of globalisation is a tricky business. Another FT article explained how retailers are hiring specialist content moderation firms to ensure that online reviews come from genuine sources.
The Economist has published an article by Michael on how an online economy is changing the face of the global motor industry.
His writing for the FT has addressed cybersecurity, looking at how senior officials in the UK intelligence community are learning important lessons from their US counterparts. In April 2014 he reported for the FT on how Whitehall has succeeded in overcoming private sector reticence to create joint state-industry structures to promote cybersecurity. This article also touched on the sensitive role of cyber-reservists in the British military.
He has published an account of the many shortcomings of the troubled F-35 fighter project in the FT. One 2014 article explained how smart software is helping Jetsuite to stay on top in the tough business of hiring out executive jets. And he has described the way Sikorsky turned to virtual reality to construct a new helicopter prototype.
The thorny subject of how the NHS can exploit digital communications as costs and patient expectations rise is another subject he has covered for the FT.
He has also written for the FT on the scale of the industrial espionage threat and the measures that UK agencies are taking to counter it.
One FT story has explained what the exotic 250mph Bugatti Veyron supercar teaches us about the true nature of a brand.
Other FT stories have shown how headhunters balance social media tools with old-fashioned skills, how banks are hoping mobile payments will raise their profile with younger customers and how energy costs are driving the design of data centres. A December 2013 article in the FT highlighted how an obsession with security has skewed the debate on the use of personal mobile devices in the workplace.
How to make some practical use of the over-publicised Internet of Things was the focus of a piece he wrote for The Economist in September 2014. He returned to this theme in a Raconteur report in The Sunday Times in June 2015, highlighting how small low-budget Internet of Things projects can make a big difference to manufacturing industry.
Articles published in a Times/Raconteur report in July 2015 examined how the world of market research is adapting to the rise of the digital consumer. One of these pieces looked at the true value of the over-exposed Big Data trend for researchers trying to extract real meaning from social media.
Writing for reports inside The Times he has questioned the motives and behaviour of former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden in a story on whistleblowing. This same report revealed how installing office mirrors can deter fraudsters and looked at where the Bribery Act stands two years after its many controversial clauses slipped into UK law.
In February 2015 he wrote in a Times/Raconteur report on the way lawyers are handling client confidentiality in an era of digital security breaches.
Another recent story in a Times report on the supply chain detailed how companies are using partnerships to change their relationship with suppliers.
He has published articles in supplements to The Times on subjects as diverse as technology updates to military equipment, the vexed question of business ethics, and the latest changes to the legal profession.
His work for the BBC has included features on casino-busting exploits by US businessman Yuchun Lee and the arrival of global outsourcing on Malta.
Other titles he has contributed to range from Solicitors Journal where he explained the emergence of 'hot-tubbing' in British civil courts, to Washington's Air and Space Magazine, where he penned a cover story on the long love affair between generations of aviators and the venerable De Havilland Chipmunk training plane.