“The 25-year-old Chapman, of Auckland, just completed a masters in computing and information sciences at AUT University. She possesses a rare mind hard-wired to navigate complex algorithms in a way that even the most mathematically savvy out there would find difficult.”
The Silicon Valley giants are embracing users with disabilities, resulting in tech and features that everyone can appreciate. (full article)
We increasingly let computers fly planes and carry out security checks. Driverless cars are next. But is our reliance on automation dangerously diminishing our skills? (full article here)
In this documentary, Nigel Latta looks at the social and psychological effects technology may be having on teenagers.
This is funny.
This year’s Tropfest short film festival winner is ‘Back o’ the Bus’ by New Plymouth Boys’ High School digital media teacher Hannah Taylor.
There’s a new meteorologist on Dragon TV, a news station based in China, and her bosses are raving about her work ethic.
The newbie takes no holidays. She’s never late to work and never stumbles on air. Of course, it’s easy to be the star employee when you’re really a robot. [Read more at stuff.co.nz]
Artificial intelligence and robotics have enjoyed a resurgence of interest, and there is renewed optimism about their place in our future. But what do they mean for us?
This Questions and Answers section on The Conversation makes for some thought provoking reading. Check it out.
Ever wondered what happens to someone’s Facebook or Gmail account when they pass away?
This article explores a few scenarios.
This article from The Atlantic raises numerous questions about technology, privacy and ethics. Do developers have a responsibility towards society to not create systems that allow personal information to be disclosed to government bodies? With the privacy laws in New Zealand, how far away are we from a complete surveillance state?
“Computer scientists and cryptographers occupy some of the ivory tower’s highest floors. Among academics, their work is prestigious and celebrated. To the average observer, much of it is too technical to comprehend. The field’s problems can sometimes seem remote from reality.
But computer science has quite a bit to do with reality. Its practitioners devise the surveillance systems that watch over nearly every space, public or otherwise—and they design the tools that allow for privacy in the digital realm. Computer science is political, by its very nature.”
This article is well worth a look as many of our assessments require discussion of ethical considerations.