Tagged: engineering

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

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

Guest Work 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

How your daughter’s future doors may already be closed by the time she is six - Nano Girl

Michelle Dickinson Mar 17, 2017

Imagine you are reading a story to a child; the story goes something like this:   “There is one person at work who is really, really smart. They can figure out how to do things quickly, they come up with answers much faster and better than anyone else.  Now imagine telling this story: “There is one person at work who is … Read More

Trusting someone’s engineering calculations - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Mar 03, 2017

We put our trust in someone else’s calculations and measurements all the time. It’s just part of the modern world. Cross a bridge, drive a car, use anything electrical, and we implicity trust that the people who designed it, built it, installed it and tested it have done their job correctly. Occasionally things go wrong and disaster strikes, but, by … Read More

Health and science stars shine for Matariki Awards - Mātau Taiao

Laura Goodall Jun 08, 2016

Talented Māori professionals behind Indigenous disabilities research, space flight and a fitness-focused health initiative are finalists for the 2016 Matariki Awards. The inaugural annual event, which celebrates extraordinary Māori talent across a broad range of fields and industries, is presented by Māori Television and Te Puni Kōkiri and pays homage to the seven stars of Matariki with seven award categories. One is the Te … Read More

New Zealand women in STEM – talented and diverse - Curious and Curiouser

Victoria Metcalf Feb 19, 2016

We have a plethora of talented women in diverse STEM-related careers within New Zealand. Profiling some of these incredible women on the web is one aspect of the Curious Minds initiative. Supporting those women who enter into a science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM career is just as important as using those same women as positive role models for … Read More

The Volkswagen debacle - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Sep 24, 2015

Oliver Hartwich sums things up nicely over at Business Spectator. In a way, Volkswagen’s crime was a very Germanic response to a business problem: It rendered regulatory standards useless by sophisticated engineering. Or, to say it with the famous Audi slogan, it tried to gain Vorsprung durch Technik (‘Advancement through technology’). … This is a corporate PR catastrophe of the … Read More

Dresses for Science and Tech loving women! - Nano Girl

Michelle Dickinson May 21, 2015

As a female engineer I’m very aware of being a minority in my field, and as time passes I seem to have become less sensitive to some of the comments, and inappropriate questions I’ve been asked during my career. Studying the recent numbers makes for very sad reading as a lowly 13% of professional engineers […] … Read More

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