Tagged: computing

Engineers, philosophers and sociologists release ethical design guidelines for future technology - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 14, 2017

Rafael A Calvo, University of Sydney and Dorian Peters, University of Sydney If kids spend hours a day speaking to digital personal assistant Alexa, how will this affect the way they connect to real people? When a self-driving car runs over a pedestrian, who do you take to court? Is it okay to manipulate people’s emotions … Read More

OK, computer - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Aug 24, 2016

Ten years ago we were largely communicating with computers through key pads and mice. Then came touch screens, and more recently voice recognition systems such as  Siri, Google Now, and Cortana. Tim O’Reilly has written a good article on LinkedIn about the voice recognition technology that sits within Amazon’s Echo, and what it signals for the future. O’Reilly makes … Read More

Unthinking machines - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Sep 16, 2014

It’s interesting how “Watson”, the computing system from IBM, is gathering a persona around itself (or rather one is being woven for it). “Watson”, which garnered fame several years ago by winning a game show, is now doing scientific research, among other noble things. Though it’s still a distant forebear of HAL 9000, so the cult of persona doesn’t seem … 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

TOSP Episode 17: January 16th 2012 - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Jan 16, 2012

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Greetings, listeners! This week, aimee was away in Melbourne at the inagural AdaCamp barcamp.  So Elf brought in his good friend Haritina Mogosanu, who works with KiwiSpace and World Space Week, to co-host with him. They talked about the number of planets in our galaxy, [...] … Read More

Future interactions, reinventing discovery, living homes and more - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Oct 28, 2011

I am profoudly fortunate.  Every day, tonnes and tonnes of brilliant bits of information come flying at me over the intertubes.  I try to send as many of them back out as I can, and so today, I thought I’d put a couple into a post. Enjoy! First up: ‘Ubiquitous Computing’ My … Read More