Tagged: computers

No more playing games: AlphaGo AI to tackle some real world challenges - Guest Work

Guest Work Jun 10, 2017

By Geoff Goodhill, The University of Queensland Humankind lost another important battle with artificial intelligence (AI) last month, when AlphaGo beat the world’s leading Go player Ke Jie by three games to zero. AlphaGo is an AI program developed by DeepMind, part of Google’s parent company Alphabet. Last year it beat another leading player, … Read More

Global risks and strategies for superintelligence - Guest Work

Guest Work May 28, 2017

The following is a synopsis of a presentation last week by a Wellington business strategy consultant, David Miller. He expressed deep concerns about the nature and extent of global risks of future superintelligence. Miller’s presentation  was part of Hutt City Council’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing and Mathematics (STEMM) Festival. The arrival of superintelligence is probably still several decades … Read More

How computer automation affects occupations: technology, jobs, and skills - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker Sep 22, 2016

A common argument you see with regard to computers and employment is that computer automation leads to major job losses. James Bessen deals with this issue in a new column at VoxEU.org. A modern version of the Luddite story. Bessen argues that this line of argument, however, ignores the dynamic economic responses that involve both changing … Read More

Computers may be evolving but are they intelligent? - Guest Work

Guest Work Jun 13, 2016

By Leon Sterling, Swinburne University of Technology The term “artificial intelligence” (AI) was first used back in 1956 to describe the title of a workshop of scientists at Dartmouth, an Ivy League college in the United States. At that pioneering workshop, attendees discussed how computers would soon perform all human activities requiring intelligence, including playing chess … Read More

Using computers: your way is the slow way - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Dec 03, 2014

Professor Andy Cockburn One of the mysteries of the modern age is why, when there are lots of ways to improve efficiency and productivity with computer-based systems, people don’t use the tools available. Sophisticated file search utilities, shortcut keys, and powerful commands are seldom used. Canterbury University’s Professor Andy Cockburn explains why most people trap themselves in ‘beginner mode’, … Read More

Structured procrastination, 2 Dec 2012 - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 03, 2012

Another edition of my irregular structured procrastination reading lists - have fun exploring these. (Geekier ones nearer the end.) Sci-fi movie Geneticist Ricki Lewis offers a review of Jim, which she says is more compelling than GATTACA. The movie can be viewed on-line. (If you watch it, let me know what you think.) … Read More

New Zealand high performance computing on the road - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Sep 03, 2012

The New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) is about to hit the road, touring a National High Performance Computing Roadshow through the country in September. NeSi ties together the major high-performance computing available for research in New Zealand and the expertise and services needed to best utilise them. Details of … Read More

Sunday shorts, 1st April 2012. Awards, bullet-proof hard drives and more. - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 01, 2012

(Sorry, no April Fool’s joke here.) Congratulations to Zoe Hilton for her Unesco-L'Oreal International Fellowship who ’won one of three fellowships awarded to young women in the Asia Pacific region’. Well done! More details are in the New Zealand Unesco news page and the New Zealand Herald. There’s some wonderful historic … Read More