Technology

Recreational drugs and the technology of pill testing - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 17, 2018

by Dr Jez Weston Drug policy is slowly starting to move from ineffective moralising to the adoption of effective and evidence-based approaches. KnowYourStuffNZ provides drug-related harm reduction at events and music festivals, which in practice means a constant stream of people coming to our tent to get their drugs checked. The need is clear. This summer, for instance, … Read More

Quantum speed limit may put brakes on quantum computers - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 15, 2018

Sebastian Deffner, University of Maryland, Baltimore County This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.  Over the past five decades, standard computer processors have gotten increasingly faster. In recent years, however, the limits to that technology have become clear: Chip components can only get so small, and be packed only … Read More

Young doctors struggle to learn robotic surgery – so they are practicing in the shadows - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 11, 2018

Matt Beane, University of California, Santa Barbara.  This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Artificial intelligence and robotics spell massive changes to the world of work. These technologies can automate new tasks, and we are making more of them, faster, better and cheaper than ever before. Surgery was early to the robotics … Read More

Science Tank | Schrodinger’s cat & the double slit experiment - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 11, 2018

In 1935, an Austrian physicist named Erwin Schrödinger published his “Schrödinger’s Cat” thought experiment to explain superposition (a quantum mechanics principle stating that something exists in all possible states until it is directly observed or measured, at which point it exists only in one of its possible states). Erwin Schrödinger, staring intently at you. Wikimedia Commons. The thought … Read More

Time for serious work on the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 08, 2018

This opinion piece by Dr Matt Boyd and Professor Nick Wilson kicks off a series that will run over the next couple of weeks looking at tech giant Google’s AI aspirations. In a just published paper in the NZ journal ‘Policy Quarterly’ we look at how the NZ Government might respond to rapid developments in artificial intelligence (AI). In this … Read More

12 Gadgets of Christmas: Segway MiniLite - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Dec 24, 2017

This is a Sciblogs series running through until Christmas Eve highlighting some of the gadgets we’ve been using this year… gadget No. 10 I once took a Segway tour around Angel Island, a beautiful hilly state park in San Francisco, just across the water from Belvedere. The Segway was super-responsive, powerful and once I’d learned to trust in it, … Read More

12 Gadgets of Christmas: Samsung Galaxy 8 - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Dec 21, 2017

This is a Sciblogs series running through until Christmas Eve highlighting some of the gadgets we’ve been using this year… gadget No. 8 Competition is ratcheting up among Android phone makers, but nothing topped the Galaxy 8 this year as Samsung tweaked the design of its flagship Galaxy and increased screen quality and processing power to deliver a winning … Read More

Science Tank | Remembering Cassini - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 21, 2017

A planet named after the Roman god of time, renewal and liberation seems a fitting final resting place for our lovely friend Cassini-Huygens, whose life was spent furthering astronomical knowledge and the liberation of truth from a far-flung part of our small star system in this abyssal ocean of space. Cassini departed her earthly cradle in 1997, … Read More