University of Auckland: Technology Needs to be at Top Table

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University of Auckland Adjunct Associate Professor Daniel Vidal.
University of Auckland Adjunct Associate Professor Daniel Vidal.

New Zealand companies have a chance to better what firms around the globe are struggling with – promoting technology leaders like CIOs into strategic roles.

University of Auckland Adjunct Associate Professor Daniel Vidal says companies around the world risk becoming “digital casualties” if they do not employ their best IT brains – like chief information officers – at a strategic level, helping to shape their company’s direction instead of just providing IT infrastructure and service.

The CIO should be seen as a designer or a strategiser, feeding technology into the overall strategy and creating “true business transformation”, he says.

“Look how Domino’s Pizza has woven digital through its business model, and Netflix and Spotify have transformed the model of how people engage with music, film and television. That’s where CIOs can play a big role.”

Read more at the New Zealand Herald.

Marvin Minsky, Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 88

Marvin Minsky in a lab at M.I.T. in 1968.
Marvin Minsky in a lab at M.I.T. in 1968.

Marvin Minsky, who combined a scientist’s thirst for knowledge with a philosopher’s quest for truth as a pioneering explorer of artificial intelligence, work that helped inspire the creation of the personal computer and the Internet, died on Sunday night in Boston. He was 88.

Well before the advent of the microprocessor and the supercomputer, Professor Minsky, a revered computer science educator at M.I.T., laid the foundation for the field of artificial intelligence by demonstrating the possibilities of imparting common-sense reasoning to computers.

Read more at the New York Times.

Unity on the Menu for 2016

Official_unity_logoI’m pleased to announce that Nayland College Digital Dojo has been granted educational licenses to use Unity 5 in 2016.

From their website:

Unity Technologies values the immense contributions made by educators and educational institutions. You help drive the future of the industry and expand the use of interactive application and game development technologies. You teach, support and mentor learners so they can realize their ambitions. We do all we can to support you through:

  • Easy and open access for individual students and faculty with Unity 5 Personal Edition
  • Special offers for institutions on licenses, content and services
  • An enhanced program of video tutorials and sample projects to support learning
  • An comprehensive, competency-based, hands-on curricular framework
  • An industry-validated Professional Skills Standard with an academic cross-reference
  • A vibrant online community of committed users keen to team up and offer advice

Wikipedia’s Software Engineering Section

Although Wikipedia should be avoided when citing references on papers you write, it still is a great place to get a basic understanding of an area of knowledge. The software engineering section has some valuable information that will at least give you a conceptual framework that lessons can be mapped to in your head as you learn them.

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University and NCEA

“To gain admission to university you’ll need enough credits to gain University Entrance. This means more than just getting NCEA Level 3. To get UE you need NCEA Level 3 as well as 14 credits each in three approved subjects, 10 Literacy credits at level 2 or above, and 10 Numeracy credit at level 1 or above. I advise you to check with your school to make sure that you are taking a mix of subjects and achievement standards that will allow you to get UE. It’s also important to know that some universities have higher entry standards than UE to gain admission. And some subjects will have special admission criteria. So talk to the university or check their website.”  (read more)

Image Source: nzherald.co.nz
Image Source: nzherald.co.nz