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By Ted Smillie
on Sunday, February 24th, 2019
Machine learning mistakes range from serious to ridiculous. Here are some examples: “The answers they come up with are likely to be inaccurate or wrong because the software is identifying patterns that exist only in that data set and not the real world.” Speaking at the February 2019 Annual meeting of the American Association for […]
By Siraj Raval
on Thursday, January 31st, 2019
2018 has been an eventful year for AI to say the least! We’ve seen advances in generative models, the AlphaGo victory, several data breach scandals, and so much more. I’m going to briefly review AI in 2018 before giving 10 predictions on where the space is going in 2019. Prepare yourself, my predictions range from […]
By Sue Nelson
on Friday, December 28th, 2018
Richard Dawkins on a worrying disconnect between scientists and society.
Presenting his first programme for Radio 4, the evolutionary biologist, author and former Professor for Public Understanding of Science, Richard Dawkins, investigates trust in science. It’s an issue of concern for scientists as well as others. Despite our scientific and technological advances, many people still believe the Earth is flat and that vaccines cause autism. Even the President of the United States has called climate change a hoax.
By The Conversation
on Monday, December 3rd, 2018
“While there’s much we know about how students learn to read, research on books used to support beginning reading development is sparse. Guidelines provided in the Australian Curriculum and the National Literacy Progressions complicate matters further. Teachers are required to use two types of texts: decodable and predictable books.
Each book is underpinned by a different theory of reading, arguably in conflict. This contributes to uncertainty about when and how the books might be used.” This November 12, 2018 article in The Conversation uses picture books to explain What’s the difference between decodable and predictable books, and when should they be used?
By Science History Institute
on Thursday, October 25th, 2018
An October 15, 2018 article in The Conversation, Boyer Lectures: gene therapy is still in its infancy but the future looks promising, brings another reminder of forgotten female scientists.
In 1953, four scientists co-discovered the double-helix structure of DNA, which formed the basis for modern biotechnology. In 1962 the three males, Watson, Crick and Franklin jointly received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The female, Rosalind Franklin (the only one who had any degrees in chemistry), had died in 1958 and although Watson recommended a posthumous award, none was made. The Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award was established in 2003 and is awarded annually by the Royal Society to a woman for an outstanding work in any field of Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Science History Institute gives a summary of the original research, including a short video, see James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin.
By Adam McNeil
on Thursday, September 27th, 2018
(Editors Note: This is a reprint of an article on the Malwarebytes blog. The original can be found here https://blog.malwarebytes.com/cybercrime/2018/08/liar-liar-pants-fire-barclays-phish-claims-cards-explode/ ) We feel compelled to relay the dire warning from this Barclays snail-mail letter, which we acquired through social media, therefore it must be true. Warning: Barclays debit cards may catch fire! The letter reads as follows: Dear costumer, Many […]
By Science Daily
on Thursday, August 30th, 2018
Educational kids bring fun, hands-on experiments to classrooms without costly lab equipment (QESP Editor’s Note: The following is a reprint of a August 1st, 2018 article in Science Daily. The original, including links to related articles, is available at https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180801160050.htmhttps://theconversation.cmail20.com/t/r-l-jjydurn-ihihuyyuhh-c/) As biologists have probed deeper into the molecular and genetic underpinnings of life, K-12 schools […]
By Cassandra Cross, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Queensland University of Technology
on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018
Reports of data breaches are an increasingly common occurrence. In recent weeks, Ticketmaster, HealthEngine, PageUp and the Tasmanian Electoral Commission have all reported breaches.
It is easy to tune out to what is happening, particularly if it’s not your fault it happened in the first place.
But there are simple steps you can take to minimise the risk of the problem progressing from “identity compromise” to “identity crime”.
on Saturday, June 30th, 2018
(QESP Editor’s Note: Freedom of Information Act (FOI Act) requests to the Australian Public Service are often heavily redacted but a recent US blog suggests their redactions are even worse. This tongue in cheek post by Kathryn Rubino, an editor at Above the Law, shows that comic book characters have privacy rights too. ) (QESP […]
By Ted Smillie
on Friday, May 25th, 2018
Our May 2018 article on MOOCS deals with the use of maths MOOCS to change students’ mindsets. However there is a wide range of other free Australian and global MOOCs on subjects including Education in a Changing World (EduChnge), Big Data for Better Performance (BigData) and Computing and Information Technology. One site offers “1300 Free […]