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117 Added | 1 Magazine | 15 Following | 5 Followers | @driwatson | I am a writer of popular science books and computer scientist. My most recent book is The Universal Machine, a history of computing in which Alan Turing and his great invnetion, the computer, is revealed through the lives and contributions of other great scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs.

Hedy Lamarr – the 1940s ‘bombshell’ who helped invent wifi

The actor, who depicted film’s first female orgasm, was well known for her scandalous love life and sultry beauty. Now, a new documentary explores how her scientific talents were vastly overlooked<p>Hedy Lamarr, the star MGM called “the most beautiful woman in the world”, had two of the worst-kept …

Inventions

5 artificial intelligence trends that will dominate 2018

2017 saw an explosion of machine learning in production use, with even deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI) being leveraged for practical …

18 Exponential Changes We Can Expect in the Year Ahead - MIT Technology Review

<i>Azeem Azhar is a strategist, product entrepreneur, and analyst living in London. He is the curator of the weekly newsletter</i> Exponential View<i>, from</i> …

Innovation

5 Key Artificial Intelligence Predictions For 2018: How Machine Learning Will Change Everything

During 2017 it was hard to escape predictions that artificial intelligence is about to change the world. In 2018, this is unlikely to change. However, an increased focus on repeatable and quantifiable results is likely to ground some of the “big picture” thinking in reality.<p>Don’t get me wrong - in …

Artificial Intelligence

All blue-eyed people have a single ancestor in common

New research shows that all blue-eyed people share a common ancestor. This person lived more than 6,000 years ago and carried a genetic mutation that has now spread across the world.<p>The exact cause remains to be determined, but scientists do know that eye color began to change long before recorded …

Evolution

How will technology affect storytellers?

The implications of AI for copywriting, and by extension marketing and PR, are huge though, even as the technology stands today. For brands, the …

Bletchley Park

Reading Time: 9 minutes<p>For many geeks, Bletchley Park is known as the place where mathematician Alan Turing and his team of codebreakers worked …

Alan Turing

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George Boole: how a Victorian mathematics don became a digital pioneer

George Boole’s home city of Lincoln, 200 years after his birth, is set to celebrate his achievements as part of a digital arts festival<p>With a steely glare, a starched collar and a pair of truly prodigious sideburns, he is the digital pioneer you have almost certainly never heard of. Now, 200 years …

Humanities

Shall I Compare Thee To An Algorithm? Turing Test Gets A Creative Twist

A machine with superhuman intelligence is a staple of science fiction. But what about a machine with just <i>ordinary</i> human intelligence? A machine that's so humanlike in its behavior that you can't tell if it's a computer acting like a human, or a real human?<p>That's what a Turing Test is designed to …

Turing Test

The Untold Story of Women Who Code

Computer programming is typically seen as being an activity that is done by young men of a certain type. Most TV shows (e.g., Silicon Valley) and …

Mechanical computation

Digi-Comp I (photo from Wikipedia)<p>It's of the nature of coincidences (that's another post) that your attention is drawn to something when it comes up …

How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

Eccentric billionaires are tough to impress, so their minions must always think big when handed vague assignments. Ross Perot’s staffers did just …

The Imitation Game: how Alan Turing played dumb to fool US intelligence

One of the few who knew that Bletchley had cracked Enigma was Ian Fleming – working in naval intelligence – but the Americans were kept in the dark<p>On 12 November 1942, the mathematician Alan Turing arrived in New York, bound for Washington DC and the headquarters of the US Secret Service, an …

Harvard Researchers Build $10 Robot That Can Teach Kids to Code

Mike Rubenstein wants to put robots in the classroom.<p>Working with two other researchers at Harvard University, Rubenstein recently created what they …

How Designers Recreated Alan Turing's Code-Breaking Computer for Imitation Game

Alan Turing may be the star of <i>The Imitation Game</i>, but the truly central figure in the film is Christopher. Named after Turing's childhood friend and …

Where were the world's first computer animations produced?

UK computing is today celebrating fifty years since the launch of what was at that time the largest supercomputer in the world, the Atlas 1. When …

An Unprecedented Look at Stuxnet, the World's First Digital Weapon

In January 2010, inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency visiting the Natanz uranium enrichment plant in Iran noticed that centrifuges …

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'Quantum Cheshire Cat' becomes reality

<b>Scientists have for the first time separated a particle from one of its physical properties - creating a "quantum Cheshire Cat".</b><p>The phenomenon is named after the curious feline in Alice in Wonderland, who vanishes leaving only its grin.<p>Researchers took a beam of neutrons and separated them from …

Quantum Mechanics

How Artificial Superintelligence Will Give Birth To Itself

There's a saying among futurists that a human-equivalent artificial intelligence will be our last invention. After that, AIs will be capable of …

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft Challenges Google's Artificial Brain With 'Project Adam'

We're entering a new age of artificial intelligence.<p>Drawing on the work of a clever cadre of academic researchers, the biggest names in …

Forget Turing, the Lovelace Test Has a Better Shot at Spotting AI

To pass the Lovelace Test a machine has to create something original, that it wasn't programmed to do.<p>Image: Shutterstock<p>When a chatbot called Eugene Goostman passed Alan Turing’s famous measure of machine intelligence in June by posing as a Ukrainian teenager with questionable language skills, the …

Singularity

IBM spends $3 billion to push the far future of computer chips

Big Blue sets a five-year plan to figure out the manufacturing technology for the great-grandchild of today's chip tech -- and the even more different generations beyond that.<p>IBM will invest $3 billion over five years to develop processors with much smaller, more tightly packed electronics than …

Quantum Computing

The Most Ambitious Artificial Intelligence Project In The World Has Been Operating In Near Secrecy For 30 Years

IBM's Watson and Apple's Siri stirred up a hunger and awareness throughout the U.S. for something like a Star Trek computer that really worked — an artificially intelligent system that could receive instructions in plain, spoken language, make the appropriate inferences, and carry out its …

Artificial Intelligence

Wearable tech: the next frontier for big data

The idea behind so many business people ditching their company smartphones for their own is BYOD Bring Your Own Device. At first this was a trickle …

Wearable Tech

Why We Need to Tame Our Algorithms Like Dogs

There is a theory among evolutionary anthropologists that dogs evolved from beasts to pets because the canines that continued to survive were those …

Lost Warhol originals extracted from decaying Amiga floppies

Golan Levin writes, "My lab (in collaboration with Cory Arcangel, the CMU Computer Club, The Andy Warhol Museum, and the Carnegie Museum of Art) has …