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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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The App I Used to Break Into My Neighbor’s Home | Threat Level | WIRED
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
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...
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
Two-factor authentication, also known as 2-step verification, provides additional security for your online accounts. Even if someone discove
Is a rat smarter than Google? That's what two AI experts say
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
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
Alan Rusbridger, editor in chief, unveils the latest exciting step in the Guardian's mission to harness the power of online media: Guardian
RSA Conference 2008 Alan Turing Logo Animation on the Behance Network
Logo Animation for the RSA Conference theme Alan Turing
OUPblog » Blog Archive » Turing : the irruption of Materialism into thought
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
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