Thursday, September 24, 2020

Gibbons Lecture - Our future with AI


There’s been dramatic progress in learning skills, such as object recognition, translation and speech, and in difficult but uncomplicated tasks like playing chess, Go and video games. Traditional AI focused on improving complex tasks, using knowledge and reasoning, that have driven human success. 

In this first talk, Professor Michael Witbrock from the School of Computer Science at the University of Auckland will discuss these paths to broad AI and explore Aotearoa’s potential to make sure of a positive outcome.

Location | This lecture will be live-streamed on Wed Oct 30 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM NZDT

Register now 

Monday, September 14, 2020

Gibbons Memorial Lecture Series 2020 - AI and Society

Earlier in the year we postponed the Gibbons Memorial Lecture Series due to Covid 19. Now, we are delighted to tell you we are on schedule to deliver the first of the 2020 series on 30 September 2020. Register here to attend in person this very exciting 2020 series that starts with each lecture at 6pm with networking refreshments after the lecture at 7pm. This year we are holding the series in Room B10 in the General Library, 5 Alfred Street. Live streaming links will be available and I will send these out a week before each lecture and they will be available on the website above. 
Prof. Michael Witbrock kicks the series off with Our future with AI and as per tradition, the first session will be chaired by the John Hosking, Dean of Science.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Edinblurb festival: the AI bot creating new fringe shows every hour

I came across an interesting story in The Guardian about an AI creating new fringe shows at the Edinburgh festival

You can see how it happens. The company has yet to start devising the show, but the deadline for the Edinburgh fringe programme is tomorrow. On a wing and prayer, the administrator writes a 100-word blurb and hopes for the best.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

NZ's New Algorithm Charter a world-first!

"New Zealand’s government says it is the first in the world to produce a set of standards for how public agencies should use the algorithms that increasingly drive decision-making by officials about every area of public life" says the Guardian newspaper. At the moment these standards have no legal teeth, but baby steps in the right direction. At least public bodies can be held up to account for why they aren't meeting the standards. Next, we need legislation like the European GDPR. Read the NZ Government's press release here.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) global data resource

Do you need more data about Covid-19? This is an excellent source of global data, updated each day, from Our World in Data. You can download the data set and analyse it yourself or use their visualisation tools. All their code is open source.

There is one caveat in that all the data is gathered in different ways in different countries. So, as you've heard politicians say, direct nation to nation comparisons must be treated with some caution.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

NZ Covid-19 Tracer App released

The NZ Ministry of Health has released its Covid-19 Tracer app. It's available now to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Download it and tell your whānau, friends and work colleagues.

Monday, May 11, 2020

The story of New Zealand’s Covid-19 lockdown, in graphs

Stuff recently published an excellent article that functions on two levels. First, as its title suggests it provides interesting information on NZ's Covid-19 lockdown. But, secondly, it shows how the good use of graphs can make complex data much easier to understand. Highly recommended