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Microsoft's racist chatbot Tay highlights how far AI is from being truly intelligent

Tay Microsoft

It has been a nightmare of a PR week for Microsoft.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Eye in the Sky movie gives a real insight into the future of warfare

Eye in the Sky is a tight British thriller staring Helen Mirren, Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and the late and already missed Alan Rickman. That should be enough to know to get you down to the cinema to see this recently released movie.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Is winning all that matters in AFL or does the performance count?

In professional team sport, a preoccupation with the outcome of competition itself is common – who won and who lost – above and beyond a side’s performance. While wins and losses are undeniably the end game for clubs and fans, as a sole focus it is not always valid.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Illusion or reality? Does SMS messaging really help the medicine go down?

Prozac Pills Tom Varco, CC BY-SA

Mobile health solutions or mHealth encompasses all of the technology and software that combined


Originally published in The Conversation.

Brussels airport attacks are not just a matter of airport security

The deadly terror attack in Brussels has again raised the issue of safety and security at airports. But expanding the “security bubble” around airports might not be the best response.

Europe barely had the time to recover from the horror of the Paris attacks last November before another of its capital cities was hit at its heart, presumably by ISIS terrorists.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How to inoculate people against Donald Trump's fact bending claims

A potential Donald Trump presidency terrifies people worldwide.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Ten cool applications for virtual reality that aren't just games

Virtual reality is improving in leaps and bounds. Shutterstock

When you mention virtual reality (VR), most people’s thoughts turn to video games.


Originally published in The Conversation.

When is Ski season on Pluto?

The icy mountains of Pluto tower above their surroundings, but would they be any good to ski on? NASA-JHUAPL-SwRI

Just think, this time last year we knew next to nothing about Pluto.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Want to inspire kids to learn STEM? Get them to build a robot

The music is pumping, the crowd is cheering and people are dancing. This is science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), but not as you know it.

I’m at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre as an invited judge for the 2016 Australia Regional FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A golden age of ancient DNA science begins

A reconstruction of a male our evolutionary cousin the Neanderthals (Modified from an image by Cicero Moraes). Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

If I had taken a stra


Originally published in The Conversation.