Thinking Deeply

Since the invention of the first computers, a primary goal of scientists and developers has been to create a machine that is capable of learning and thinking autonomously from experiences presented to it. Any computer capable of doing this would clearly, provided with modern supercomputer processing power, soon be able to outthink the brightest humans. […]

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Living on the Edge

It’s an extraordinary thought that when you make a request of the Internet, it’s quite likely that it travels halfway around the world and back to you within the blink of an eye; try sending yourself an email and it will appear in your inbox virtually instantaneously with you clicking “send”, despite the fact that […]

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Rise of the Robots; Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

For centuries, scientists, philosophers, fiction writers and others have mused upon the possibility, and possible outcomes, of introducing robotics into our daily lives. Some have seen this as a positive, removing the need for much of our daily drudgery (see C3PO and R2-D2), some have been ambivalent, viewing it as a positive that could turn […]

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Intelligence Quotidian

It’s something that was the dream of science fiction writers even before the dawn of computing, the concept that human beings could invent machines that would mimic or even surpass our intelligence and become part of our daily lives, the quotidian. To many, this still seems a far-fetched notion, but look around: artificial intelligence is […]

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Health Sector – tech can save lives.

Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock has placed innovation in the health service sector front and centre of his mission to improve healthcare. In a recent speech he admitted: “ It’s fantastic to be here to talk about apps and innovation because, as you know, this is a subject close to my heart. In […]

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Quantum Leap

Not the slightly peculiar late 80s science-fiction series (apologies to younger readers), but the development of workable quantum computers. Niels Bohr, the great atomic physicist, once stated that any person who on first hearing about quantum theory wasn’t completely outraged by it simply hadn’t understood it, and the same applies to quantum computing. Most people […]

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Google Health

Google has hit the headlines recently – unusually not for the work that it has done on the more usually understood areas of home computing, its own platforms and education but this time in the area of health. Google Health recently announced the results of a study it says indicates artificial intelligence could be more […]

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