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Ian Watson
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Hope this ends up in a museum, preferably Bletchley Park.
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From the Mouse to the Smartphone and Beyond
It's that time of the year again, as the nights draw in the free public Gibbons Lectures in Auckland take place. The first lecture is this Thursday the 30th at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start. Every year the lecture series has a theme and this year it's human com...
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TV interview on Artificial Intelligence
I was interviewed last night on Media Take for Maori Television. The interview was about the recent predictions by people like Steve Wozniak and Stephen Hawking that artificial intelligence might develop to the point where humans become redundant and robots...
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Should "killer robots" be banned?
Lethal autonomous weapons systems, or "killer robots" as the public prefer to call them, are almost a reality. In fact in certain cases, such as Israel's Iron Dome rocket defence system, they already exist. Should the ability of a robot to identify a target...
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Alan Turing's manuscript sells for $1,025,000
The auction house Bonhams in New York have just sold a handwritten scientific document written by Alan Turing, in which he worked on the foundations of mathematical notation and computer science, for $1,025,000. Before the auction Bonhams described the docu...
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My computer was stolen!
Last week at 3am thieves broke into my house and stole my MacBook Pro and my wife's MacBook Air. After we called the police we immediately logged into iCloud's " Find My iPhone " service and locked and erased both Mac's. Both of the machines were password p...
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Backyard cricket - the official rules
Despite the Black Caps loss to Australia yesterday many people in New Zealand have been drawn into the game over the last 6 weeks. So now you may feel inclined to have a knock in your own backyard or beach. So here are the official rules for backyard cricke...
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I've just written my 3rd book, called The Universal Machine, a popular science history of Alan Turing's universal machine  - the computer. I'm also a regular contributor to NetGuide magazine and I'm a keen blogger. I research in Artificial Intelligence and currently my team is working on memory-based approaches to Game AI. 
I cook, have dogs, read avidly and love my friends and exploring New Zealand.

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I never check luggage. I recently spent 2 months in Europe with less than 7kg of stuff.
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The App I Used to Break Into My Neighbor’s Home | Threat Level | WIRED
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Leave your ring of cut-brass secrets unattended on your desk at work, at a bar table while you buy another round, or in a hotel room, and an

A publisher finally understands (some of) what an author wants
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Authors are generally of the opinion that most publishers couldn't run an efficient, modern business to save their lives. (To be fair, most

Facebook Home And Windows Phone Are Making The Same Apps-Related Misstep...
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The problem for Home is Facebook has underestimated how important apps -- and, crucially, the customisation apps afford -- are to the smartp

Secure Yourself by Using Two-Step Verification on These 16 Web Services
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Two-factor authentication, also known as 2-step verification, provides additional security for your online accounts. Even if someone discove

TOXIC: Garbage Island | Toxic | VICE
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Come aboard as the VICE crew takes a cruise to the Northern Gyre in the Pacific Ocean, a spot where currents spin and cycle, churning up ton

9 Reasons to Switch from Facebook to Google+
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Can Google+ steal users from Facebook? Yep. There are good reasons to switch from Facebook to Google+, ranging from ease-of-use to respect f

Tatsuya Matsui – Robot Design Seminar
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Robot designer Tatsuya Matsui is known for his innovative humanoid robot creations Posy and Palette, the former having appeared in Lost in T

Art Project powered by Google
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Login with your Google account to create, save and share your very own artwork collection: Add artworks to your own collection. Save specifi

Is a rat smarter than Google? That's what two AI experts say
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And that's no dig at Google, according to artificial intelligence researchers Yann LeCun and Josh Tenenbaum. The two spoke at the World Scie

Kurzweil still doesn't understand the brain : Pharyngula
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Ray Kurzweil has responded to my criticisim of futurist fortune-telling. It really just compounds the problems, though, and gullible people

Guardian Goggles: because life's too short to think for yourself - video
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Alan Rusbridger, editor in chief, unveils the latest exciting step in the Guardian's mission to harness the power of online media: Guardian

100 years of stainless steel
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We have another centenary to celebrate - it's 100 years of stainless steel. It's worth thinking about what a remarkable material stainless s

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - watch live from LA
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Want to watch Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds perform songs from their new album Push the Sky Away? Can't get to Los Angeles? You can watch the

A faster, simpler Google Search app for iPhone
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Get results, fast. When you're on the go, you usually want to get things done quickly. Autocompletion of search suggestions is significa

Going global in search of great art
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South African rock designs. Brazilian street graffiti. Australian aboriginal art. Today we're announcing a major expansion of the Google

The Universal Machine
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The Universal Machine. I believe that the computer is an invention like no other in our history. Computers, as Alan Turing realised are &quo

OUPblog » Blog Archive » Turing : the irruption of Materialism into thought
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By Paul Cockshott. This year is being widely celebrated as the Turing centenary. He is being hailed as the inventor of the computer, which p

Steve Jobs Listened To Vinyl At Home, Neil Young Says : NPR
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That's not a slam at digital music, the rock 'n' roll legend says. It's a recognition that current formats don't match vinyl's sound. He and

First Look at Alan Turing Exhibition
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Rory Cellan-Jones gets a sneak preview of an exhibition dedicated to the life of work of scientists and compute...

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