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Ian Watson
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A "beautiful mind" has died
News is breaking that the Nobel prize winning mathematician John Nash and his wife were both killed in a taxi crash in New Jersey, USA. John Nash is famous for his " Nash Equilibrium " in Game Theory, which can be most easily be described by the game of pap...
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From Interaction to Understanding
This Thursday evening's Gibbons Lecture is by Mark Billinghurst of the  Human Interface Laboratory New Zealand, at The University of Canterbury . The lecture titled  From Interaction to Understanding   will focus on Empathic computing where computers can re...
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Do you want a computer for $9
Can't afford a Raspbery Pi  ($35), well they have a competitor now. The ultra cheap CHIP ; a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, with 4GB storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, support for most monitors and even a mobile capacity. It runs Linux and therefore supports many free p...
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Innovation in Airline Human Computer Interaction
This Thursday evening's Gibbons Lecture is by Paul McGlashan,  Chief Architect, for Air New Zealand. The lecture titled  Innovation in Airline Human-Computer Interaction: from ALC to IoT  will describe how Air New Zealand has taken control of its IT in-hous...
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Looks like an interesting free public lecture if you're in Auckland this Thursday.
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I guess there's no Nash equilibrium for the game of life. We all loose in the end...
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Take a better selfie with Lily
Selfie sticks were the must have Xmas gift last year and now a team out of the UC Berkeley robotics lab, who built the first prototype using a Raspberry Pi and an Arduino, have developed the Lily camera drone . Watch the video below to see how it works but ...
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Who wouldn't want a computer for $9...
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Free public lecture this Thursday evening in Auckland
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As we come to rely more on the web as a research and reference tool it's important that references to other works from a web page remain constant. But visit any old research web site and chances are half the pages it refers to will result in a "404 Not Foun...
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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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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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