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Smart But Dumb
January 1st, 2010

So while people will always try to build C-3PO-style machines that look and talk like us, the real advances will come in individual components we design to do one job well. Human intelligence arose from the unconscious co-operation of such systems to sustain the organism. Maybe if we get the constituent ‘smart’ parts right, a true AI system will spontaneously evolve — dare we say it — intelligently…

15 Megabytes of Fame
December 1st, 2007

The days of having a 24 hours cycle to fill your paper with hard news seem as remote as the era when news took weeks to cross the world by steamship. The constraints on the news media to get the story couldn’t be tighter.


Stop Signs On The Super Highway
March 7th, 2011

Those restrictions might make business sense, but consumers of internet services must find the constant apologies for content not available in their region a backwards step to say the least.

Cyburbia
December 1st, 2009

Harkin believes the ‘drive to respond’ (our simple desire to answer messages) is behind the whole Internet architecture. He also makes incorrect generalisations about the models behind popular file sharing application like Bittorrent and Kazaa. With an interesting background, it’s nevertheless a cryptic story told with an enigmatic voice that we’ve heard most of before.


Rise of the Machines
September 1st, 2008

The device promised by the dotcom age, which we’d use for everything from watching TV, reading books and making phone calls to browsing the web, working and playing games is now a clich√©, both technology vendors and consumers now realising we want different experiences from different tools.

Simulating the Future
March 1st, 2009

As a government-funded body charged with the task of providing technology and energy policy to the WA government, TIAC provided a forum for debate much more effective than the dry reports and Powerpoint presentations we’re used to.






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