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The Men Who Invented the Internet
August 28th, 2011

It’s not like the cochlear implant or black box flight recorder. The Internet had a long, varied and occasionally ad hoc genesis, as Drew Turney learns. Befitting the tool that revolutionised human communication in the latter years of the 20th century, the Internet wasn’t the result of a lone, dedicated inventor sitting in a lab […]

The Eye in the Sky
August 28th, 2011

Has the GPS had its day? And even if good upkeep can maintain it, will a competing system soon take over? Drew Turney finds out. “It’s an exquisite technology but it was designed in the time of record players and vacuum tubes and the design brief to the engineers was to track intercontinental ballistic missiles. […]


The first quantum computer?
September 16th, 2011

Quantum computing takes the mind-boggling possibilities that matter doesn’t have to occupy only one state or another. It looks and works like a computer, but the quantum bit (or qubit) on your chip can be on, off, or both at once.

House Warming
May 1st, 2010

In the northernmost climes of the world where the Caucasian race originated it was a matter of evolutionary life and death, and even in the temperate zone cities of Australasia today the temperature can routinely fall into single digits — not much fun even if you can buy iPhone apps.


Crowd Science
June 13th, 2011

The term crowdsourcing wasn’t coined until the web age, undoubtedly because it enabled the collecting, aggregating and processing power we need to let crowdsourcing take full flight. Today it’s used for everything from judging the most attractive female posterior to gathering the funds to make movies.

Translation technology
September 16th, 2011

The resulting text will be submitted as another search string and will give you the answer as quickly as a normal text search. Translate it back to English and repeat until satisfied, then shake hands, bow or lightly touch your right fingertips to your forehead and go along your way.






Crowd Science Watch a mob in any news or sports footage and they'll ...
June 13th, 2011

The Men Who Invented the Internet It's not like the cochlear implant or black box flight recorder. The ...
August 28th, 2011

Google Backs the NBN During a recent industry confab in Japan, Google bigwig Eric Schmidt said ...
September 16th, 2011

OCR Grows Up Think you know what optical character recognition's for? As Drew Turney discovers, ...
September 16th, 2011

The first quantum computer? It's hogging so many headlines, you can expect the Hollywood techno-thriller about ...
September 16th, 2011

House Warming It's not as sexy as the iPad, not as fashion conscious as ...
May 1st, 2010


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