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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.

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…


Making it in the Movies
January 1st, 2010

If you’d invested in Titanic (1998) you would have received a little over $9 for every dollar you put in (900 percent ROI). For Crocodile Dundee (1986), USD$13 (1,300 percent ROI). For The Blair Witch Project (1999, the first sleeper hit of the web age), a whopping USD$7,103 (710,300 percent).

Stuck in the Middle
December 1st, 2008

If the above are among your benchmarks, you might end up disappointed according to a recent flood of books warning us away from The Chase. It’s a clich√© that human nature is to always want more (food, power, etc) — according to zoology and behavioural science it was hardwired into us millions of years ago.


Click
December 1st, 2009

The first half of the book is more or less an ad for the company, where Tancer explains his predictions about when people will search for a given thing or his detective work to understand seemingly aberrant search phenomena (like searches for prom dresses months before the traditional US prom season).

Simulating the Future
April 1st, 2009

Moderated by Austrade chief economist Tim Harcourt, science reporter Robyn Williams, Perth Lord Mayer Lisa Scaffidi and notables from the government, resources and planning sectors played the roles of future Prime Ministers, Premiers, Planning Ministers, Economic and Science Advisors and more.






Why do we still print? If you've listened to the news about books, newspapers and magazines over ...
November 28th, 2011

Stop Signs On The Super Highway We can access videos of cats flushing toilets, but we can't but ...
March 7th, 2011

The Global Local More than just call centres, it's now professional services matched to rock ...
June 26th, 2011

The Subtle Touch Who'd have thought a 35-year-old technology would be the next big thing ...
June 1st, 2007

Rise of the Machines With the mobile phone's takeover PDAs, electronic organisers and more behind us, ...
September 1st, 2008

Cyburbia Cyburbia is what author James Harkin calls the virtual realm we inhabit ...
December 1st, 2009


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