This year’s qualifying round opens up on the 27th of May. It’s a “first in best dressed” competition as more points are awarded for finishing early. The top 150 scores get to participate in the weekend conference in July at the University of Waikato. To participate you need to register asap (link)
In one of the most chilling technological demonstrations to date, the internet giant showed its digital assistant could mimic a human over the phone so convincingly the person on the other end of the line had no idea they were talking to a machine. (read more)
Suppose you are a hairdresser who is curious if any of your bookings are coming from Google Duplex… what are some questions you could ask in the phone call that might expose that it’s a robot?
Based on what Google have said about Duplex, is it likely to pass the Turing test?
Tim Berners-Lee is often credited as being the inventor of the World Wide Web — but these days he’s bent on changing it.
The world renowned engineer and computer scientist has been working on a new project designed to fundamentally overhaul the internet and how it functions. He wants to pry power back from the tech juggernauts and give us more control over our personal data. (read more)
“Just how much information is carried in our tone of voice and conversation patterns and how does that impact our relationships with others? Computational systems can already establish who people are from their voices, so could they also tell us anything about our love life? Amazingly, it seems like it.”
Story by Serene Chen
This summer, I’ve been working on getting pre-launch buzz for a real estate startup called Suuty. This lead to lots of Googling about what kinds of strategies other disruptive companies have used to get their first users. A number of stories I found were surprising, resourceful and at the very least, interesting. Here are just a few that kept me inspired.
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.