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From The Editor and President March 2023

Hugh Macdonald David Stonier-Gibson is enjoying a nice jaunt around New Zealand so I’m back in the editor’s chair temporarily. This month, we’ve got a good selection of articles on ChatGPT, space, robots, some little known tips on using Google,… Continue Reading…

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Futurists predict a point where humans and machines become one. But will we see it coming?

John Kendall Hawkins, Philosopher, University of New England Sandy Boucher, Lecturer in the Philosophy of Science, University of New England     Most people are familiar with the deluge of artificial intelligence (AI) apps that seem designed to make us… Continue Reading…

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Free Tutorials – How to use Smartphones, Tablets and Computers

Geoff Amor Over the past 12 months Committee member Stewart Gruneklee has started a training program for people struggling with our modern “device centric” lifestyle. With the increasing trend of everything moving to the internet, it is important that all… Continue Reading…

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Colonizing the Cosmos: Astor’s Electrical Future

publicdomainreview.org /essay/colonizing-the-cosmos Iwan Rhys Morus During America’s Gilded Age, the future seemed to pulse with electrical possibility. Iwan Rhys Morus follows the interplanetary safari that is John Jacob Astor’s A Journey in Other Worlds, a high-voltage scientific romance in which visions of… Continue Reading…

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Three years into the pandemic, it’s clear COVID won’t fix itself. Here’s what we need to focus on next

Michael Toole Associate Principal Research Fellow, Burnet Institute Brendan Crabb Director and CEO, Burnet Institute On March 11 2020 the World Health Organization classified COVID as a pandemic. Three years on, it remains just that. As much as we don’t want… Continue Reading…

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Robots are performing Hindu rituals – some devotees fear they’ll replace worshippers

Holly Walters  Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology, Wellesley College It isn’t just artists and teachers who are losing sleep over advances in automation and artificial intelligence. Robots are being brought into Hinduism’s holiest rituals – and not all worshippers are happy… Continue Reading…

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April monthly meeting

  The April 2023 monthly meeting will be next Wednesday, 5th of April. This will be “in person” at our clubrooms. Please make sure you have secured your raffle tickets at the door and are seated before 7pm. Our MC, Peter bacon, will… Continue Reading…

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