Tuesday, February 11, 2020

A memorable CS graduate

Computer Science graduate Nodira Khoussainova is the co-founder and CEO of Focused, a Silicon Valley startup that helps people accomplish undistracted work for a couple of hours in a study hall-type setting. This isn't that unusual, many of our graduates start companies. I remember her because she graduated in CS, with Honours, when she was just 16 years old! She then went to study for a PhD is in Computer Science at the University of Washington. She was recently interviewed on Radio New Zealand and you can listen to her interview here.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Augmented reality contact lenses

Happy New Year and decade! I'm back after a holiday break (it's summer in New Zealand). What better way to start the new decade than the news that a company called Mojo Vision has unveiled it's augmented reality contact lenses: "Mojo Lens, a smart contact lens with a built-in display that gives you timely information without interrupting your focus. By understanding your real-world context, Mojo Lens provides relevant, eyes-up notifications and answers. Designed by optometrists, technologists, and medical experts, Mojo Lens gives you the knowledge you need—exactly when it’s needed."
The lenses are still some time away from public use but you can read more about it here.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Follow Santa around the world with Google

We all know that Google probably has a pretty good idea where we are most of the time. Well, this year they will again be tracking Santa's movements as he delivers presents to all the good children around the world. Follow Santa's journey as he sets off just before midnight on Christmas Eve with Google's Santa Tracker. Happy holidays everyone.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

U.S. Police Already Using 'Spot' Robot From Boston Dynamics in the Real World

You've probably seen some of the impressive videos that have come from the US robotics company Boston Dynamics over the last few years. Gizmodo is reporting that the Massachusetts State Police are using Spot, a dog-like robot, in operational trials. Perhaps RoboCop is not so far away.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Four easy steps to manage your passwords

The Guardian has just published a useful guide to improving your password management if you don't already use a password manager. I use a password manager (LastPass) and have done so for years. As it says at the end of this article "if you can remember your password at all, you are probably doing it wrong."

Monday, October 7, 2019

Ada Lovelace Day

October 8 is Ada Lovelace Day. Find out more about this pioneer of computer science,  the first programmer, and celebrate her tragically short life. "Ada Lovelace Day (ALD) is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). It aims to increase the profile of women in STEM and, in doing so, create new role models who will encourage more girls into STEM careers and support women already working in STEM."

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Towards Our Intelligent Future – An AI Roadmap for New Zealand

The AI Forum, a meeting place for people interested in AI in New Zealand, has just released a report: Towards Our Intelligent Future – An AI Roadmap for New Zealand. "The report focuses on how AI can be used to help achieve New Zealand’s existing wellbeing, sustainability and economic goals - for health, transport, business and the environment among some of the many real world uses studied."