Technology

Jetpack joyrides - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jun 19, 2018

The Jetpack has been a futuristic symbol of techno-utopia, and freedom, for a century. The first jetpack was conceived in 1919. It wasn’t until 1958, though, that the first working model was created. But they still seem further from general availability than the comparatively more pedestrian flying car, which I wrote about last year. There … Read More

May ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 01, 2018

I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing please check this out. Send me the URL for your site meter and I can correct the information in the database. Similarly, if your blog data in this list seems out … Read More

Preliminary report on Uber’s driverless car fatality shows the need for tougher regulatory controls - Guest Work

Guest Work May 30, 2018

Robert Merkel, Monash University The US National Transportation Safety Board has released a damning preliminary report on the fatal crash in March between a cyclist and a driverless vehicle operated by Uber. The report does not attempt to determine “probable cause”. Nevertheless, it lists a number of questionable design decisions that appear to have greatly increased … Read More

What is 5G? The next generation of wireless, explained - Guest Work

Guest Work May 21, 2018

Jan Rabaey, University of California, Berkeley Every decade or so, the wireless industry rolls out a new cellular communications standard that can transmit more data more quickly. Already under development is the next round, called “5G” because it’s the fifth major generation of these standards for encoding and transmitting data over radio waves. The … Read More

Do we care about the future? Why New Zealand needs an agreed framework for how we value future lives - Guest Work

Guest Work May 15, 2018

By Matt Boyd and Nick Wilson We have just published an article (free online) on existential risks – with an NZ orientated perspective.1 In this blog we discuss some of the issues that NZ society could start to discuss. Do we value future people? Do we care about the wellbeing of people who don’t yet exist? Do we care … Read More

How artificial intelligence can detect – and create – fake news - Guest Work

Guest Work May 06, 2018

Anjana Susarla, Michigan State University When Mark Zuckerberg told Congress Facebook would use artificial intelligence to detect fake news posted on the social media site, he wasn’t particularly specific about what that meant. Given my own work using image and video analytics, I suggest the company should be careful. Despite some basic potential flaws, AI can … Read More

From #MeToo to #RiceBunny: how social media users are campaigning in China - Guest Work

Guest Work May 03, 2018

Meg Jing Zeng, Queensland University of Technology This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Rice bunny says, “the only thing I want for the coming Lunar New Year is anti-sexual harassment rulings… You can take my plate away, but you cannot shut my mouth.” So reads the opening line of a … Read More

DNA facial prediction could make protecting your privacy more difficult - Guest Work

Guest Work May 03, 2018

Caitlin Curtis, The University of Queensland and James Hereward, The University of Queensland This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Technologies for amplifying, sequencing and matching DNA have created new opportunities in genomic science. In this series When DNA Talks we look at the ethical and social implications. Everywhere … Read More