Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Cryptography after quantum computers

The second of the 2019 Gibbons Lectures will be presented by: Professor Steven Galbraith, Department of Mathematics University of Auckland, on the topic: Cryptography after quantum computers.
Further details are here. The lecture is on the 15th May. Refreshments will be provided from 6pm at 260.088, Level 0 of the Owen G Glenn Building. Lectures will commence at 6.30pm, and take place in OGGB3 (260.092) on Level 0 of the Owen G Glenn Building.  
It will be streamed live and later available as a podcast.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Quantum computing - What it is, and how we do it

The first of the 2019 free Gibbons Lectures will be presented by: Dr Michael Dinneen,  School of Computer Science, University of Auckland, on the topic: Quantum computing: What it is, and how we do it. Further details are here.
The lecture is on the 8th of May. Refreshments will be provided from 6pm at 260.088, Level 0 of the Owen G Glenn Building.
Lectures will commence at 6.30pm, and take place in OGGB3 (260.092) on Level 0 of the Owen G Glenn Building.  
The lecture will be streamed live and later available as a podcast.

This lecture is run in partnership with IT Professionals NZ, Auckland ICT Graduate School and Dr Beryl Plimmer.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Building trust in human-centric AI

The Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a document prepared by the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI HLEG). This independent expert group was set up by the European Commission in June 2018, as part of the AI strategy announced earlier that year.
The AI HLEG presented a first draft of the Guidelines in December 2018. Following further deliberations by the group in light of discussions on the Europea n AI Alliance, a stakeholder consultation and meetings with representatives from Member States, the Guidelines were revised and published in April 2019. In parallel, the AI HLEG also prepared a revised document which elaborates on a definition of Artificial Intelligence used for the purpose of its deliverables.
Download the Ethics Guidelines from their website.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

2019 Gibbons Lecture Series

Assoc. Prof Peter Gibbons
The School of Computer Science's annual public Gibbons Lecture Series will be held Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm throughout May. This year's theme is Quantum Computing. More information about the free lecture series can be found here.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Turing Award Won by 3 Pioneers in Artificial Intelligence

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) awarded Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun the Turing Award that many consider the "Nobel Prize of computing," for the innovations they've made in AI. The $1 million prize, funded by Google, is named after the British mathematician Alan Turing, who laid the theoretical foundations for computer science. The three men who won developed Deep Learning with conceptual and engineering foundations for AI by using neural networks for computing. Working independently and together, Hinton, LeCun and Bengio developed conceptual foundations for the field, identified surprising phenomena through experiments, and contributed engineering advances that demonstrated the practical advantages of deep neural networks. Read more here.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The 20 best tech gadgets of 2018

It's nearly Christmas, perhaps you want to buy a gift for someone, or for yourself. Here's a list of the 20 best tech gadgets of 2018 compiled by the G uardian.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Bob Doran - R.I.P



I'm really sad to have learned that my colleague Bob Doran has died. He had been fighting cancer for many years and has finally succumbed. He was a founder of my Computer Science department in 1982 and in recent years was the curator of our excellent computer history museum, a passion that I shared with him. Though, I have to say I wasn't as interested in the history of the New Zealand Tote as he was. He was a regular contributor to this blog on all aspects of computing history and I will miss him dearly. 

The Head of the Computer Science Department, Robert Amor, commented: "New Zealand has lost a true pioneer of Computer Science. His passion for the history of computing, especially in New Zealand, leaves us with an extraordinary museum collection and investigations of the many important milestones in the nation’s computing history. He also leaves an enormous legacy with the thousands of students he has taught since the 1970’s."

My sincere condolences to his wife, Joyce, and his family.