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Ian Watson
Lives in Auckland, New Zealand
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Free public lecture in Auckland this Thursday...
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I was interviewed for TV...
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Hope this ends up in a museum, preferably Bletchley Park.
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Want to play cricket at home with your family or friends....
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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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Author, computer scientist & blogger
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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We've stayed here twice, once for a friends wedding, and it's rally hard to fault. Sure it's not cheap but the service is excellent, very friendly and relaxed; the ambience is beautiful with lovely tropical gardens, and the restaurants and bar are all great. They have several 2-for-1 Happy Hours during the day, which keep your bar tab down and if you really "must" do something you can snorkel or kayak in front. Across the road is a convenient superette, cafe/takeaway and a bottle shop. The bus stop is right our front and the resort is quite close to town and the airport (but not under the flight path). A really lovely place and we're planning to go back again.
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